Overview

Shark Tank is a popular reality show for those who like to mix business with pleasure. Many who aren’t located in America will know the other format of this show, which is Dragon’s Den. Originally, the premise of this show began life in Japan as Tigers of Money. Effectively, the episodes comprise entrepreneurs presenting their businesses to five investors – also known as sharks – who decide if the idea is worth investing in. At the time of writing, there are 11 seasons and a whopping 246 episodes to get through if you want to start from the beginning and work your way through in chronological order. The show first began airing in 2009 on ABC.

Premise

As mentioned above, the general idea behind Shark Tank is that various people with business ideas will put their work forward to a panel of ‘sharks’, who will then decide if the concept is viable enough for them to consider investing in. It is common for the sharks to pick faults in the business idea, especially in what the entrepreneur estimates their concept as worth or the way they have put together the company, product or business model. In an interesting twist, while the sharks are paid cast members, the money they invest in is their own and not provided by the network or production company.

Cast and characters

The ‘sharks’ who have appeared on the show over the years are as follows:

  • Kevin O’Leary
  • Barbara Corcoran
  • Daymond John
  • Robert Herjavec
  • Kevin Harrington
  • Mark Cuban
  • Lori Griener
  • Jeff Foxworthy
  • Steve Tisch
  • John Paul DeJoria
  • Nick Woodman
  • Ashton Kutcher
  • Troy Carter
  • Chris Sacca
  • Richard Branson
  • Rohan Oza
  • Alex Rodriguez
  • Sara Blakely
  • Bethenny Frankel
  • Charles Barkley
  • Matt Higgins
  • Jamie Siminoff
  • Alli Webb
  • Daniel Lubetzky
  • Anne Wojcicki
  • Katrina Lake
  • Maria Sharapova

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