Kevin O’Leary says everybody ought to speak about cash by the third date

Chocolate and flowers may be the first gifts when a couple first goes out, but if you ask Kevin O’Leary, the best thing you can give a new romantic partner is transparency about your finances.

The chairman of O’Shares ETFs and judge on CNBC’s New Show “Money Court” tells CNBC Make It that when a new couple is on their third date, they should put their cards on the table and “discuss your financial goals for the rest of their life”.

O’Leary, who also recommends couples sign a marriage contract before marriage, says the main reason couples split up is financial stress caused by factors such as different views on how to handle finances. By talking about money early on, couples can help avert nasty surprises down the line, O’Leary says.

“Are you in debt? Was your family bankrupt? Do you have a brother who went bankrupt? All of these difficult conversations have to be had before marriage, before people move in together,” says O’Leary. “Because within five to seven years they will manifest as the reason for the breakup.”

Couples shouldn’t argue about money, but rather come to an agreement, he says.

“Money is ultimately a family member,” says O’Leary. “Without a strong financial foothold, you cannot have a successful family and have to pursue and enjoy the same financial goals.”

While being honest about their finances early on with a romantic partner can be challenging and sometimes embarrassing, O’Leary believes that doing so will lead to stronger relationships.

“It’s a business, that’s marriage. It’s a personal business,” says O’Leary. “It’s a partnership, and what’s behind it? Cash flow. Not very romantic, but it’s the truth.”

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Rovio Leisure Company names Kieran O’Leary as

Rovio Entertainment Corporation Stock Exchange published on May 26, 2021 at 2 p.m. EEST

Rovio Entertainment appoints Kieran O’Leary as chief operating officer and appoints he and CTO Petri Hyökyranta join the management team

Espoo, Finland – May 26, 2021- Rovio Entertainment Corporation, the inventor of the Angry Birds franchise, has named its Vice President Marketing, Kieran O’Leary, as Chief Operating Officer (COO). He will take up his new position on May 27th and will continue to work at Rovio’s headquarters in Espoo, Finland. O’Leary will also join the Rovio leadership team. Petri Hyökyranta, Rovio’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), will also join the management team.

Kieran O’Leary has had a ten year career in the gaming industry. Before joining Rovio in 2019 as Director of Growth, he worked as Marketing Director at Gameloft and Outfit7. In his new role, Kieran will drive the implementation of Rovio’s growth strategy and day-to-day operations, with an emphasis on enabling cross-functional relationships across the company to enable new game delivery and live gaming operations.

Petri Hyökyranta, Rovio’s Chief Technology Officer, joined Rovio in late 2011. Hyökyranta is responsible for Rovio Games’ technology and IT strategy, including development, platform and services for Rovio.

“Driving long-term growth is our number one priority and our actions must continuously reflect this. While I continue to lead Rovio’s strategy, Kieran O’Leary will work with overseeing studio leads on a daily basis. Kieran’s strong track record in marketing coupled with his determination to get results make him the best possible person for the job and I am confident he will do an excellent job! “Says Alex Pelletier-Normand, CEO of Rovio. “Our Future of Gaming initiatives are an important pillar of our strategy. Much of this is of course technology-based, such as using machine learning to customize the user experience. It is therefore imperative that the technology is represented by Petri Hyökyranta on the management team, ”he continues.

Notes for editors:

Kieran O’Leary:

  • Born in 1988. French and Irish citizen.
  • Has a Masters in Management from ESCP Business School in Paris and London
  • Has worked in the games industry since 2012, most recently as Marketing Director at Gameloft and Outfit7
  • Joined Rovio in 2019 as Director of Growth and a member of the Game Management team. Most recently as Vice President of Marketing since 2020

Petri Hyokyranta:

  • Born 1972. Finnish citizen
  • Holds BBA from Oulu Polytechnic
  • Joined Rovio in 2011 to build Rovio’s cloud service
  • Currently CTO. Responsible for Rovio Games technology and IT strategy, including development, platform and services for Rovio
  • Has held various digital and technological R&D management and leadership positions since 1999.

For more background information on all current members of the Rovio leadership team, please visit the company’s website:


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Alexandre Pelletier-Normand, Managing Director
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About Rovio:
Rovio Entertainment Corporation is a global mobile-first games company that creates, develops, and publishes mobile games that have been downloaded over 4.5 billion times to date. Rovio is best known for the global brand Angry Birds, which started as a popular mobile game in 2009 and has since grown from games to various entertainment and consumer products in branded licensing. Today, Rovio offers several mobile games, animations and produced The Angry Birds Movie in 2016. The sequel The Angry Birds Movie 2 was released in 2019. Rovio is headquartered in Finland and the company’s shares are listed on the main list of NASDAQ Helsinki stock exchange with trading code ROVIO. ((