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Robert Herjavec

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Late one night last July, shortly after Robert Herjavec and his wife filed for separation, the star of the ABC hit reality show Shark Tank stood on a balcony of his Toronto hotel room and contemplated jumping.

“I just wanted to end it,” Herjavec says in PEOPLE’s new issue in a story that chronicles how the 51-year-old multimillionaire tech mogul and Dancing with the Starscompetitor found “hope” and new purpose in life after hitting rock bottom following the breakup of his marriage.

“It’s been a terribly difficult year,” he adds. “We were great parents and a great team, but over time we drifted apart.”

On a dark night last July, a distraught Herjavec reached out to his pastor John McAuley, who steered him to Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, an innovative shelter that provides emergency care and long-term recovery services to the homeless.

Read the rest of the inspiring story here.

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