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Meet The Sharks Of ABC's Shark Tanksee photosClick for full photo gallery: Meet The Sharks Of ABC’s Shark Tank

June is startup month at Forbes and my focus is on ABC’s Shark Tank, which has been a TV phenomenon spanning three seasons, with eight different angel investors from a variety of industries. These angel investors, also called “sharks”, battle it out for a chance to invest in promising new companies. The show illustrates the American dream, which is something people still believe in despite the bad economy. By watching the show, you’re entertained, inspired and you end up learning a lot about what it takes to sell your idea and make it a reality.

Shark Tank is produced by reality TV legend Mark Burnett, who based it off of the popular “Dragons Den” version played on Canadian TV. In the third season, which just concluded, the Sharks offered over $6.2 million dollars of their own money in investment deals. There have been eight sharks throughout all three seasons. Daymond John, Kevin O’Leary, Robert Herjavec and Barbara Corcoran have been in all three seasons. Kevin Harrington was in season one and two, Mark Cuban in two and three, Jeff Foxworthy in season two and Lori Greiner in season 3.

Daymond John is a fashion and branding expert who grew his homemade hats and t-shirts into the globally recognized brand Fubu. Kevin O’Leary (who calls himself Mr. Wonderful on the show) is a venture capitalist that started a software business in his basement which he eventually sold for $3.2 billion dollars. Robert Herjavec, the son of an immigrant factory worker, is a technology mogul who sold his first internet companies for over $350 million dollars. Barbara turned a thousand dollar loan into a real estate empire worth hundreds of millions in Manhattan. Kevin Harrington is the Chairman of As Seen On TV, Inc, a public company trading as ASTV. Mark Cuban is  a self-made billionaire entrepreneur, the owner of the 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks and author of How to Win at the Sport of Business. Jeff Foxworthy is a popular comedian, TV and radio personality, and author. Finally, Lori Greiner is regarded as one of the most prolific inventors of retail items, having created over 350 products.

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