'Shark Tank' star Kevin O'Leary trashes blue states for punishing success: 'Heyday years' over

‘Shark Tank’ star Kevin O’Leary trashes blue states for punishing success: ‘Heyday years’ over

Mr. Wonderful has his finger on the heart beat of small business innovation — and is claiming that states like New York, Massachusetts and California now not do.

Millionaire entrepreneur and tv persona Kevin O’Leary known as out Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., by title Friday on “Varney & Co.,” in addition to different anti-business leaders, for punishing American success.

“Most of the enterprise capital for the final 40, 50 years, for the reason that mid-Fifties was highlighted in locations like Silicon Valley and across the Boston space. So Massachusetts, New York, California. These had been the heyday years,” O’Leary mentioned. “Nobody needs to do enterprise in these states anymore.”

After the U.S. Treasury awarded North Dakota $45 million in financial stimulation funds, the state elected O’Leary Ventures to handle the cash, creating the Wonder Fund North Dakota program.


While many could marvel, why North Dakota?, O’Leary cited secure coverage, the fourth-largest GDP in America, its huge tech middle and no “tremendous taxes” from Sen. Warren.

Kevin O’Leary at House hearing

Kevin O’Leary, chairman of O’Leary Ventures, known as out Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “tremendous taxes” and coverage the place “you are punished for success” on “Varney & Co.” on Friday. (Getty Images)

“Why would I put that in New York or Massachusetts or California, which I don’t even assume is in enterprise anymore?” he posited. “Why put it in Massachusetts the place you are penalized for success? If you are a profitable entrepreneur there, Elizabeth Warren’s coverage tremendous taxes you. You’re punished for success. Forget that. I’m going to go to North Dakota.”

O’Leary obtained his first trace concerning the Midwest state’s profitability after placing a “Shark Tank” deal with an organization from town of Fargo. He claims that it has change into “one of the vital profitable offers in ‘Shark Tank’ historical past,” going from zero to $50 million in gross sales in just some months.

“[There’s] a really pro-business governor in [Doug] Burgum and coverage that is sensible for cash,” he mentioned. “And frankly, you will get your youngsters in class in North Dakota.”

Any U.S. business leader seeking to construct operations in North Dakota has been personally inspired to go to the O’Leary Ventures web site.

“Post your deal there. I’ve cash for you. Let’s develop in a spot the place they need our enterprise, the place taxes are secure,” O’Leary mentioned.

While nonetheless applauding states like Florida, Texas and Oklahoma for their business-friendly insurance policies, O’Leary claimed North Dakota “has obtained a lot vitality” and “such implausible coverage” to cater to all 11 sectors of the economy.

“That’s the place I’m centered proper now. This is a brand new change, a contest amongst states. Why do you assume Florida actual property is so excessive? Everybody’s transferring out of New Jersey, transferring out of New York, transferring out of Massachusetts. I see them on the streets right here on daily basis,” O’Leary mentioned.


O’Leary argued this new form of state competitors is “wholesome for America.”

“We do not need to promote dangerous coverage, and the way in which we do it’s we vote with our greenbacks,” the businessman mentioned. “Let’s get out of Massachusetts and let’s get to North Dakota.”