Who is Heather Taras, Shark Tank investor Daymond John’s wife and what does she do?
Daymond John has become a well-known face on television as one of the long-time investors in ABC’s hit reality show ‘Shark Tank’. John has appeared on the show since its inception in 2009, with his investment in Bombas being named the highest-grossing deal in the show’s history as of 2019, according to USA Today. In addition to his role as an investor, John is known as the founder and CEO of the streetwear brand FUBU, which he founded in 1992 with three of his childhood friends. His success at FUBU made him worth more than many other sharks.
Speaking to CNN, John said he came up with the line out of love for the hip-hop community and culture. “We said we want to be really inclusive and very proud of the people we sell these clothes to. So we came up with a name: FUBU ‘For Us By Us’,” he said. “It was all about a culture, not a color.”
Today, John is known as “The People’s Shark,” for helping hopeful entrepreneurs and inspiring viewers of “Shark Tank” with his rags-to-riches story. And as his professional life continues to flourish, so does his personal life. As of 2018, John is married to Heather Taras. The two became engaged during a taping of “Shark Tank” in September 2016 and tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in Greece in June 2018. When asked to describe his favorite thing about his then-fiancée, John told Us Weekly : attitude.” So, who exactly is Heather Taras?
Heather Taras is a former nurse
Before marrying Heather Taras, Daymond John was divorced. He and his first wife (whom he refuses to name in interviews) married before fame and later welcomed two daughters, Yasmeen and Destiny John. The couple got divorced after John was blindsided by his success at FUBU. He confessed during an interview on “Forefront” (via CNBC) that he became an absent husband and father – to the point where his wife and children saw him more on television than in person. “Because I was in commercials all the time and hanging out,” he explained. “I was so focused on work.”
Years after their divorce, the fashion mogul met his future wife. While it’s not entirely clear when the two first met, Techie Gamers suggests they started a platonic relationship in 2012 before things took a romantic turn some time later. Although Taras tried to keep a low profile, it is believed she worked as a nurse before meeting John. However, growing up, she was passionate about modeling and interested in a career in fashion. And while she never became a model, Taras regularly flaunts her amazing physique on Instagram, where she has amassed a whopping 19,000 followers. She also provides a glimpse into her life with John and shows her support for the entrepreneur by helping promote his ventures on social media – from FUBU to “Shark Tank” to his best-selling books and other business projects.
Heather Taras is a loving wife and mother
Heather Taras is a devoted wife and mother to Damon John and their daughter, Minka Jagger. She and John welcomed Minka in March 2016, several years before the couple got engaged and tied the knot in Greece. In 2020, Taras talked about motherhood and her dreams for her daughter in an interview with Contemporary Approaches. “Trust and empathy,” she replied. “I am preparing our daughter Minka to be a confident woman and make sure she is confident that she is important and that her voice carries weight. As a mother of a mixed-race child, it is my responsibility to educate her about possible ignorance and build her up so she can handle any situation she encounters.
She also shared how meeting John changed her life. “My whole world opened up after meeting my husband Daymond,” she said. ‘Daymond is the most down-to-earth, global person I’ve ever met. … He taught me so much.” The happy couple seems to be going strong, having celebrated their fourth anniversary last June. Taras shared her message for the ‘Shark Tank’ star on his 53rd birthday last February, saying that John is the person she wants to spend the rest of her life with. She wrote, “Thank you for being such a positive influence on our daughter and the world! You are appreciated and loved by so many, but especially by your family.” Sweet!
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