Kevin Hart, the comedian and actor, has stated that he turned down a multimillion-dollar investment opportunity with Uber. According to him, he previously turned down an offer to invest $50,000 to $75,000 in Uber, which is today valued at $93.74 billion, according to Companies Market.
The comedian revealed the news on his “Hart to Heart” podcast episode when he revealed that talent management and investor Troy Carter provided him the opportunity to support Uber in its early phases, according to Finurah.
Hart later said that he should have accepted the offer, saying that the investment could have totaled $100 million.
“There’s nothing worse than being pitched something that you just can’t see… I had the opportunity to invest in Uber in early stages,” Hart noted. He further explained, “This makes me so mad. Shout out to Troy Carter. Troy Carter tells me, ‘Kev, there’s this thing, man. It’s called Uber. You gotta invest in it. Listen, it’s easy to understand, right?”
He continued, “It’s basically like strangers giving people they don’t know rides. Like people can call on other people for rides.’ I was like, ‘What?’ He was like, ‘People can just, there’s an app and you say you need a ride, and whoever’s close to you that is like one of the drivers under our app will come get you.”
“I was like, ‘Sounds like murderville to me.’ He’s like, ‘No man, it’s Uber. Trust me, man. They’re gonna have like different tiers to it.’ I said, ‘This got to be the stupidest sh-t I ever heard,” Hart recalled saying.
Nonetheless, Hart is currently one of the wealthiest comedians. He began his career in comedy after performing in an amateur night held at a Philadelphia-area bar. He is a native Philadelphian. He also appeared on ABC’s “The Big House,” but his act did not resonate with his fans, and the show was canceled after six episodes.
He got into comedy, receiving influence from comedians such as Chris Tucker, among others, and then revamped his act to relaunch his career. His career took a turn for the better in 2006, when he published his debut stand-up CD, “I’m a Little Grown Man.”
This solidified his reputation as one of the top emerging young comedians of the 2000s. His second album, “Seriously Funny,” was published in 2010 and was even more successful. In 2011 and 2013, he released a series of comedies.
Hart’s success in comedy landed him a number of movie roles. He got movie recognition when he was featured in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Soul Plane,” and “Little Fockers.” Since then, he has starred in several movies. His project, “True Story,” on Netflix, sees the Philly-based comedian in his first dramatic role.
His success in humor and cinema landed him a job as an event host. He presented the MTV Awards and other high-profile events in 2012. Aside from humor, acting, and event hosting, Hart is also a successful investor with a diverse business portfolio.