Biography of Bobby Kerr
Bobby Kerr is an Irish businessman and entrepreneur. He was the founder and CEO of Insomnia Coffee Company. In 2009, he appeared as “dragon” in Raidió Teilifs Éireann’s (RTÉ) Irish version of Dragons’ Den.
How old is Bobby Kerr? – Age
He is 63 years old in 2023. He was born in 1960 in Dublin, Ireland.
Bobby Kerr Family – Education
Bobby Kerr grew up in Kilkenny, Ireland, where his father owned the family business, the four-star Newpark Hotel. Kerr attended CBS Kilkenny and Castleknock College Dublin before studying restaurant management at the Dublin Institute of Technology.
Bobby Kerr wife
Bobby currently resides in Sandycove with his 20-year-old wife Mary and their four daughters Meghan, Emily, Rebecca and Michaela.
Bobby Kerr net worth
He has an estimated net worth of $3 million.
Kerr said on November 7, 2015 that he had been diagnosed with head and neck cancer. Kerr spent time in Zambia in April 2011 doing charity work, building a house for a local family caring for AIDS orphans.
Bobby Kerr’s Lair of Dragons
He appeared as an investor on RTE’s Dragons’ Den in 2009. Dragons’ Den is a model for a reality TV show in which entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of venture capitalists in hopes of get investment financing from them. The program debuted in Japan in 2001 as The Tigers of Money, a play on “The Tiger of Malaya”, the nickname of World War II leader Tomoyuki Yamashita. Nippon TV invented and owns the format, which is syndicated by Sony Pictures Television.
Bobby Kerr Career
Kerr started working for AIB Catering in Ballsbridge in 1981 as a trainee chef/manager. For a long time he worked on oil rigs in the North Ocean, before working for Versa Food Administrations in Canada in 1984. Kerr coordinated the catering of a million people attending the visit of Pope John Paul II in Canada in 1985 at CNE Stadium Toronto, Ottawa Civic Centre, Crystal Beach Park and African Lion Safari while living in Canada.
Upon his return to Ireland in 1986, Kerr took up the position of Contributing Administrator at Jury’s Lodging Ballsbridge. From 1987 to 1989, he worked as a catering manager for Campbell Catering at UCC. He held various positions at Campbell Catering before working in sales and marketing at Contract Catering Company. In 1992, Kerr moved into the Campbell’s Bewley’s business and assumed the position of chef supervisor for Bewleys Oriental Bistro, Bewleys Diversifying and Bewleys Pastry kitchen.
In 1997, Kerr became head of advancement, Campbell Bewley Gathering, with the obligation regarding overseas enhancement of the Bewley brand in the assembled kingdom, United States and Japan.
Kerr opened PERK Coffee Shops in 1999. He acquired Fitzers, which owned 50% of PERK stock, in 2003 and sold the company to Insomnia in 2004. Kerr became a shareholder and CEO of Insomnia after investing all proceeds from the sale of Perk. Beginning around 2004, Kerr led sleep deprivation development from 17 to 50 stores and increased revenue from €5 million to €13 million.
He sold 51% of Insomnia to the Icelandic group Penninn for €16 million in 2008. In October 2010, he took over as host of Down to Business, a business-focused radio show broadcast on Newstalk, an Irish talk radio station, by Mark Mortelle. Kerr also moved from CEO to Chairman of Insomnia Coffee in 2010. Kerr sold the remainder of his shares in Insomnia to other shareholders in December 2017.
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