Shark Tank star will speak at UF

Kevin O’Leary, entrepreneur and star of ABC’s Shark Tank, will speak at the Phillips Center March 25.

A shark is coming to the Swamp in two weeks.

Kevin O’Leary from ABC’s Shark Tank will be the next speaker in the Accent Speakers Bureau series at 8 p.m. March 25 at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, said Gregory Wolf, chairman of Accent. He will be paid $95,000 for the talk, according to a contract between O’Leary’s talent agency, Greater Talent Network, LLC and Accent.

O’Leary will deliver a keynote presentation for about 50 minutes and then answer questions from the audience for 15 minutes. Wolf said his team did not pick the lecture topic but gave O’Leary general topics to cover including his experiences on Shark Tank and how to be smart with money as a college student.

Wolf said 1,800 tickets will be available March 21 and March 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and March 25 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the third-floor Student Government suite in the Reitz Union. The tickets are free with a valid Gator 1 Card. Unclaimed tickets will be made available to the public for pickup at the Phillips Center, Wolf said.

O’Leary’s talk isn’t just for business students, Wolf said.

“The concepts of Shark Tank aren’t just for people who are financially thinking. There’s an entertainment factor,” he said.

Hannah Beatty is a third-year journalism major and sociology minor from Jacksonville, Florida. She began at the Alligator in the fall of 2018 as a general assignment staff writer and now serves as the student government beat reporter.