Watch out Mark Cuban, another sports star is about to enter the tank. Former MLB star Alex Rodriguez is set to join the cast of business people in Shark Tank’s next season. He will be the first Hispanic to be featured on the show as a guest shark, as announced by ABC.
“The fact that (Hispanics) contribute over a trillion dollars annually to the economy is just a phenomenal feat.” he told the network. “I think in D.C. and other business communities, we should be having really smart conversations on how to double that number.”
The 41-year-old announced his participation in the hit show last month with a tweet saying, “Can’t wait to swim with the sharks.”
Rodriguez is not stranger to the business world as founder and CEO of A-ROD CORP, a private holding company with multiple businesses in the United States and Latin America, according to its site. Some of these businesses include construction, fitness centers and automotive dealerships. Aside from being business-savvy, he has also had his experience on television being featured on FOX Sports as an analyst.
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“Ever since I was 10 years old, I sat on my father’s lap [and said] I have two dreams: [One was] to be a Major League Baseball player, but that usually never happens, and two was to be a CEO,” Rodriguez told CNBC’s Matthew J. Belvedere. “I was always thinking about life after baseball even before my rookie year. I played for almost 23 years. I [also] loved business for a long time.”
The ex-Yankee has been making headlines since his retirement last year for dating superstar Jennifer Lopez and possibly buying the Marlins, the Major League Baseball team based in Miami, Florida.