Will Kevin O’Leary Play Canada’s Trump Card?

When news surfaced this week that Kevin O’Leary, Canadian journalist, millionaire entrepreneur and TV reality star, was making noises about running for the vacant leadership of the federal Conservative Party, everyone immediately began comparing him to U.S. presidential candidate, millionaire entrepreneur and TV reality star Donald Trump.

While everyone knows where Trump stands and what he’s got to say on every issue under the sun, and despite the fact that O’Leary is a lesser known quality, it didn’t stop us from trying to compare the two.


O’Leary: 61
Trump: 69

Estimated Net Worth

O’Leary: $300 million
Trump: $4.5 billion


O’Leary: Embraces his baldness
Trump: Sports an indescribably odd flyaway combover

Guiding principle

O’Leary: “If you work hard, you might be stinking rich one day.”
Trump:Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.”

Television Show

O’Leary: Lang and O’Leary Exchange, Dragon’s Den, Shark Tank
Trump: The Apprentice

Ability to irritate and offend TV viewers/liberals

O’Leary: 10/10
Trump: Off the charts

Twitter followers

@kevinolearytv: 472k
@realDonaldTrump: 5.78 million

Unexpected celebrity he follows on Twitter

O’Leary: @ParisHilton
Trump: @VinceMcMahon

Political adversary

O’Leary: Rachel Notley, Premier of Alberta – “There are many great men and women in government now, that can do it, and there’s some that can’t. One of them that can’t is Rachel Notley. She’s killing us. She’s got to go.”
Trump: Hilary Clinton, U.S. Democratic leadership candidate – “She is desperate, she is sad, and she is obviously very nervous.”

Big promise

O’Leary:This [running for the Conservative leadership] wouldn’t be about Kevin O’Leary’s personality. It’s irrelevant. What it’ll be is about a leadership mandate and a team of people, of men and women, that are willing to take on that difficult task of moving the country forward.”
Trump: I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.