Who is Daniel Lubetzky? Guest Shark Tank Judge

Daniel Lubetzky shark tank guest judge

Daniel Lubetzky is a Mexican-American author, philanthropist, and businessman. He founded Kind LLC, a snack company, and serves as its executive chairman. Daniel Lubetzky is also the cousin of Emmanuel Lubetzky, who is an Oscar-winning cinematographer. Lubetzky appeared on Shark Tank several times as a guest host across multiple seasons of the show.

What Should We Know about Daniel Lubetzky’s History?

We should start with the fact that Roman Lubetzky and Sonia Lubetzky are Daniel Lubetzky’s parents. Lubetzky was actually not born in the United States. Lubetzky was born in Mexico City, Mexico, and he was raised by his parents there.

Lubetzky moved to the United States with his family when he was a teenager. Later on, Lubetzky would attend Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Lubetzky graduated from Trinity University magna cum laude and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations and economics.

You should also know that Lubetzky studied abroad when he was an undergraduate at Trinity University. He spent his overseas studies in France and Israel. After graduating from Trinity University, Lubetzky went on to earn a Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School.

While Lubetzky was going to college in Texas, he began Da’Leky Times, a retail watch operation. Lubetzky spent some time working at McKinsey & Company and Sullivan & Crownwell after his graduation from law school.

The Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund awarded Lubetzky a Haas Koshland Fellowship so that he could write about legislative methods for Israelis and Arabs to work together on joint business ventures.

It is important for us to add that Lubetzky then created PeaceWorks Incorporated. PeaceWorks Incorporated is not a non-profit organization, but instead, it is a “not-only-for-profit” corporation. This means that PeaceWorks Incorporated pursues peace as one of its main objectives in addition to making a profit.

You should also know that Lubetzky started Kind Snacks. Kind Snacks has enjoyed significant success and is now the fastest-growing snack company in the United States. Lubetzky also co-founded Maiyet, which is a luxury fashion venture that establishes partnerships with artisans in developing economies.

Maiyet creates these partnerships to make one-of-a-kind and high-end products. Maiyet also promotes entrepreneurship and self-sufficiency. President Barack Obama and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker named Daniel Lubetzky a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, aka PAGE.

Lubetzky also established Equilibra, a New York-based family office. Equilibra provides backing for businesses run by entrepreneurs that provide consumers with packaged goods. We should note that Equilibra has invested in Yellow Leaf Hammocks, a social enterprise, and Ellenos, a Greek yogurt brand.

Mars, Incorporated reached a deal to purchase Kind North America. The deal is worth $5 billion. Despite this change in ownership, Lubetzky stated he would keep his stake in Kind North America and continue his involvement in its operations.

Lubetzky also created an authentic Mexican food company called Somos with the help of two former executives from Kind. In terms of his personal life, Daniel Lubetzky is married to Michelle Lynn Lieberman, who is a physician. Lubetzky and Lieberman have four children in total.

What Is The Net Worth of Daniel Lubetzky?

Daniel Lubetzky’s current net worth is reportedly $2.2 billion. His net worth increased from $1.5 billion to $2.2 billion from 2019 to 2022. As you could likely tell already, Lubetzky is a self-made billionaire.

The majority of his net worth comes from his majority ownership of Kind Healthy Snacks. However, PeaceWorks also accounts for some of his net worth, as well.

Additionally, we can also reasonably assume that the $5 billion deal Mars made to acquire Kind North America added to his net worth, too.

What Should You Know About Daniel Lubetzky’s Time on Shark Tank?

The first appearance that Daniel Lubetzky made on the show Shark Tank was during season 11. More specifically, we should add that Lubetzky originally appeared in episode 1 of season 11. However, Lubetzky also appeared in episode 6 of season 11, as well.

We will also add that Lubetzky appeared in episodes 19 and 24 of season 11. Lubetzky invested in Yellow Leaf Hammocks during his appearance in episode 24 of season 11.

He invested $1 million in exchange for a 25% stake in Yellow Leaf Hammocks. Lubetzy returned in season 12 of Shark Tank. 

His two appearances in season 12 were during episode 5 and episode 11. Lubetzky made an investment in Quevos during episode 11 of season 12. He invested $200,000 in Quevos and provided them with a $200,000 line of credit in exchange for a 10% equity stake in the company.

It is important for us to clarify that Lubetzky invested in Quevos through Equilibra, his family office. We should note that Lubetzy returned for season 13 and appeared in episodes 3, 7, and 16. However, unlike in season 12, he decided not to invest in anything during season 13.

What Was Daniel Lubetzky’s Best Shark Tank Investment?

Daniel Lubetzky’s best investment on the show Shark Tank was his investment in Quevos. Quevos is a chip company that makes chips from egg whites, coconuts, and milk. In the two weeks after the episode featuring Quevos aired, the company made $500,000 in sales.

Lubetzky also decided to invest a further $1.35 million in Quevos. Additionally, Quevos received $3.6 million in investments from other investors, as well. We should mention that Quevos made more than $2 million in sales during 2021.

Quevos are now reportedly in more than 1,500 stores. The lifetime sales of Quevos following the episode’s air date are at $3.2 million. Quevos are also seemingly still expanding nationally, according to the most recent information.

What Was Daniel Lubetzky’s Worst Shark Tank Investment?

Lubetsky’s investment in Yellow Leaf Hammocks was his only other investment on Shark Tank and it hasn’t worked out quite as well as his investment in Quevos. Yellow Leaf Hammocks make eco-friendly hammocks. The COVID-19 pandemic decreased Yellow Leaf Hammocks’s sales on cruise ships, since many cruise ships stopped operating.

In response to this, Yellow Leaf Hammocks altered their approach and sold more directly to consumers via Amazon.com. Yellow Leaf Hammocks’s annual revenue is $1 million, as of November 2021.