Millions of people know actor John O'Hurley as the man with the stentorian voice who
entertained us as Elaine Benes' boss on "Seinfeld." His witty and wry portrayal of J. Peterman led
to many successful print and TV ads for major companies.
Or maybe you remember him for mesmerizing
us with his fancy footwork as the runner-up celebrity
dancer in the first season of "Dancing With The
Stars," where he ended up in a dance-off with
soap star Kelly Monaco. In winning the September
2005 rematch against Monaco, he earned $126,000
for the charity Golfers Against Cancer.
His recent hosting duties on "Family
Feud" have brought him a new legion of fans. To
add to his achievements, O'Hurley has also written
two books, most recently, "Before Your Dog Can
Eat Your Homework, First You Have To Do It," and
also released a two-album CD called "Peace of
Our Minds," a project the self-taught pianist
and classically trained vocalist took great pride
But few know that this Maine native and Providence College graduate is a successful businessman
who actually owns a piece of the real J. Peterman Co. The award-winning actor is not only a success on-screen,
but off-screen as well, with his competent flair for business.
Aside from his partnership in the J. Peterman Co., O'Hurley is the principal partner in two
venture capital companies, Round One Investments in Beverly Hills, Calif., and Heritage Capital Investments in
At 53 years old, O'Hurley has found success not only professionally, but personally, with his
marriage and the arrival of son William Dylan in December 2006.
Bankrate: People think of you more as an entertainer than a successful
businessman, yet you are a quite successful one with the J. Peterman Co. and two venture capital companies. What
have you learned about investing money?
John O'Hurley: Well, I like to invest with my heart. I like to buy
into things that I really care about. Now, that's not saying that I do that all the time. I have a lot of business
investments that are just investments, but I enjoy investing in things that I have an emotional feeling for, such
as real estate, especially. I have a strong feeling for the J. Peterman Co. and several other investments I've
made. Other people always say to look at business as business and never have an emotion in it, but I don't enjoy
it that way. It completes me more to feel strongly about a business.
Bankrate: Something more tangible?
John O'Hurley: Not necessarily tangible, but something that I
Bankrate: Have you invested for your own retirement and also for
a college fund for little Will?
John O'Hurley: Oh yes. The college fund is already taken are of and he's
only a year old. That was the first check I wrote for him. And for retirement, I'm all set, too. I have many,