Mexican American billionaire Daniel Lubetzky has founded companies as a medium to execute his vision of inspiring kindness in the world with his business strategies that have a social spin. And it was the same value he pursued when he was a young man.

Who is Daniel Lubetzky?

Lubetzky is a 52-year-old businessman. He is the founder and majority owner of the snack bar company Kind Healthy Snacks. Also, he is a frequent shark judge on the ABC hit Shark Tank, who owns multiple foundations.

Daniel Lubetzky's First Business Started for Social Cause

According to Lubetzy's LinkedIn profile, he identifies as the founder of seven institutions—some for-profit and some not-for-profit organizations. The oldest institution that you will find in his bio would be PeaceWorks Food LLC.

Much like other institutions that the celebrated shark is a part of, PeaceWorks Food LLC is also an institution that began with a social initiative.

It started when Lubetzky visited an Israeli grocery store and found out that the company that sold his beloved jars of sun-dried tomato spread was going out of business. But he was not the one to give up; he contacted the owner of the Israeli spread company and convinced him to work with Palestinian and Turks farmers and an Arab glass manufacturer instead of importing the materials from Europe.

For the Israeli company, the distance between Israel and Europe had made the cost high, so Lubetzky advised him and assured him to find distributors nearby. His initiation ended up building a global marketing consultancy that amended relations between culturally conflicted parties through his business for cost-effective supply chains.

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Lubetzky then used the social brand and influence — that was very much a part of his institution — to promote sales through a social message. The highlighted social message ensured attention from his US-based customers, and his business took off. In the late 1990s, PeaceWorks hit $1 million in revenue with a 10% profit margin.

During his time traveling to different nations to sell PeaceWorks products at the turn of the millennia, he landed in Australia and found a bar with whole nuts and fruit that he liked. A few years later, he tried to replicate it in the U.S. Hence, Kind Healthy Snacks was born in 2004.

Using the profits from PeaceWorks and the extensive market channels he had gathered along the way, he paved the way for Kind Healthy Snacks to grow.

'Kind Healthy Snacks' Worth $2.9 Billion as of 2019

There were a few economic and managerial hurdles along the way, but by 2014, Kind Healthy Snacks was on a relatively firm financial footing with the deals with Walmart and Target, among many others.

. One former executive even confirmed that their growth at one point was exponential. 

We had months when we were growing 100% a month. We blasted through $100 million, we blasted through $150 million, then $200 million in revenue.

In 2017, the candy-giant Mars, the maker of M&Ms and Snickers, bought about 40% off Kind for an undisclosed amount, and that pushed the company even further ahead. As reported by Forbes in 2019, the company had sold over two billion units of its product by 2019 and was conservatively worth $2.9 billion.

How Much is Daniel Lubezky's Net Worth?

Apart from Kind Healthy Snacks, Lubezky, whose age is 52, also founded Equilibra Partners Management LLC in 2018 to partner with entrepreneurs in a bid to create and build various consumer-facing business ventures through a direct investment strategy.

Shark Tank is also a celebrated chapter of Lubetzky's resume. Apart from the $50,000 he receives from just appearing on an episode, he has successfully funded more than a few up-and-coming businesses to reap handsome returns. 

Moreover, he became a potential investor in the Shark Tank season 12 in 2020, despite the challenging times for businesses in the COVID era. 

All of these combined ventures leaves Daniel Lubetzky with a massive estimated net worth of 1.3 billion dollars, which is 0.2 billion less than what he was worth just one year ago.

In his early-twenties, He did an Undergraduate Thesis on Economic Co-operation

The Mexico City native acquired a Bachelor's degree (1987-1990) from Trinity University. While at the university, his undergraduate thesis was about "how economic cooperation could bring nation-states — such as Israel and its surrounding Arab neighbors — closer together," according to Times Of Israel.

He then pursued law studies at Standford after which he got a $10,000 fellowship provided by the Bay Area's Jewish Federation. The purpose of the program was to encourage research In Israel to encourage and open more Israeli-Arab ventures.