‘Shark Tank’: Are the Sharks Friends or Rivals in Real Life?

Every week on ABC’s Shark Tank, we watch the five sharks engage in bidding wars with each other. Kevin O’ Leary, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John, and Robert Herjavec are often nasty to each other in the tank. They fight and make jokes about each other.

Could they be friends in real life? Or are they enemies? Read on to find out.

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Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Kevin O’ Leary, Lori Greiner and Robert Herjavek | Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images

Do the Sharks hang out together off of the show?

After over ten years of making deals together, its no surprise that the sharks are friends in real life. 

“People always ask if the sharks hang out with each other outside of the show…the answer is YES! Even though we may compete in the tank, we truly respect one another and enjoy each other’s company. Daymond is one of the funniest people I know, plus he’s a really great guy,” Greiner wrote on Instagram. 

John told Inc. that the sharks often go out for drinks together, go to the beach, and sometimes hit the Miami club scene. John talks about going clubbing with O’Leary, “You see this little pea head walking through the crowd, and everybody wants to try and touch his head.” He’s referring to Mr. Wonderful’s shiny, bald head. 

The founder of FUBU often grabs dinner and drinks with Cuban and describes his friend as a “beer and chips kind of guy.”

Daymond John makes the other Sharks laugh

Whether the cameras are rolling or not, John is cracking jokes. He told Inc. that he makes an effort to build relationships with each shark. He once said a joke to Greiner that made her laugh so much; she lost the deal to him. 

“If you ever see her cracking up, I’m saying something like that to her,” he told Inc.

Greiner said she loved sitting next to John, but she could not stop laughing, “I would be laughing so hard I couldn’t stop, and I’m sure I made the pitches like three times as long because I couldn’t compose myself.” The QVC queen told Vulture, “I don’t think that people realize he’s hilariously funny.”

Even the ruthless Mr. Wonderful has a good time with the other sharks

Corcoran recently posted a photo with the caption, “Sharks after dark. Hanging w/ Mr. Wonderful & some of the gang at a local bar in LA.” O’ Leary looked like he was having a great time. It looks like he may not be as grouchy as he seems on Shark Tank.

“Hang out with someone who dreams big and works really hard to get there. Success is contagious,” Barbara wrote on Instagram. She lives what she preaches. She invites the other sharks over to her beach house regularly. 

Just a quick look at any of the shark’s social media accounts will confirm that they indeed love each other’s company. They often post pictures having drinks together or laughing off-set. 

It looks like they are not as ruthless as they seem. Catch new episodes of Shark Tank Sundays at 9 p.m. on ABC.