He went to a local Walmart and bought all the socks they had in their inventory to hand out to people on the streets. “I think I’ve donated around 100,000 pairs,” he says.
“I always used to think that if you are compassionate, you are weak,” Herjavec says. “You see that on our show.”
After two-and-a-half weeks, Herjavec left the streets of Seattle humbled by the experience he just endured. Desperate for a new way to get his mind off the pain caused by his split, when he was offered a spot on Dancing With The Stars, he jumped at the chance- and that would change his life.
“I was hollow and broken,” says Herjavec, who still volunteers at the Seattle shelter whenever he can and helps support it financially. “And these people saved my life.”
Robert first got hooked on Dancing With The Stars when his mother was in the hospital battling the ovarian cancer that would claim her life in 2007.
He threw himself completely into the exercise, practicing eight hours a day with his partner Kym Johnson.
“I went into this really petrified,” he says. “But now I’m thinking, ‘I got this.’ But we’ll see.”
That's when rumors started flying that he and Kym were dating.
“The entire cast and crew of Dancing with the Stars is evolving into an extended family and is incredibly supportive. Kym has become a great friend, and it is so much fun to be able to share this experience with her.”
The pair finished in eighth place during the 20th season of the show, with Kym admitting that it was Robert's enthusiasm that got them to the latter stages of the competition.
"Robert hadn’t had any dancing experience,' she said. 'He’s a businessman and he just embraced it – it was a great season," she said.
Trouble On The Dating Scene
Once rumor of Robert and Kym being an item was confirmed, ex-girlfriend Danielle Vasinova had a warning about the businessman's approach to romance.
The 32-year-old actress said she was devastated when their bitter breakup changed her life as Robert stopped all communication with her, and she was forced to move out of an apartment he had been renting for her.
"I don't think any person should be treated the way I have been, it's mean and cruel," Danielle said.
She claimed that his appearance on the show Shark Tank was fitting for his personality.
"I feel like a piece of meat he chewed up and spat," she said.
This didn't stop Robert and Kym from having the happily ever after they had been dreaming about.
"When I met Kym, I felt complete. I'm so excited about everything we have to look forward to," Herjavec told PEOPLE.
Finding Love Again
“I’m learning something new about her every day,” says Herjavec. “She’s starting a business right now, and I can’t believe how committed she is and how hard working she is. I always knew she was, but it’s scary to go into a different field you haven’t gone before. She’s approaching it with the same level of enthusiasm and courage that she’s done her whole life. I find that very motivating. I find that so impressive about her.”
Robert and Kym, who is opening her own dance studio in Los Angeles, got engaged in February 2015 and tied the knot in July 2016.
"I never thought I'd get married again," Robert said. "I worried I'd become bitter or an old cat guy. But at the end of the day everybody wants to connect to another human being. When I met Kym, it was just effortless."
Robert has learned to refrain from giving his professional opinions on his new wife's business.
“I have to be completely honest with you, I really have to control myself,” he admits. “I’m a great guy to spend dinner with when you’re starting a business, but to live with it can be a little hard. I’m constantly listening to her with one ear and resisting the temptation to jump in and take over everything.”
He adds, “I’m trying not to treat her like a pitcher in the Shark Tank. But we always tell our entrepreneurs, ‘Mistakes are simply guide posts on the way to doing it correctly.’ Any mistake you do that doesn’t lose you a lot of money or doesn’t kill you is not a bad mistake.”
“I kind of like to plan everything and then just spring it on her,” he admits. “We’re having a great time. It feels like we’ve been married forever.”
What do you think of the "Shark" now that you know what his personal life has been like?