Who is Dhar Mann?

As an entrepreneur, Dhar Mann has learned many valuable life lessons over the years. From starting a real estate mortgage brokerage at 19, and funding millions of dollars in real estate loans, to being one of the first to tap into the medical marijuana industry early on and building a cosmetics business that does 8-figures in annual revenue, Dhar Mann has a proven ability to grow start-ups into massively successful businesses. However, as with any success story, there have been failures along the way. Bad decisions and legal trouble could have ended Dhar Mann’s entrepreneurial journey. It’s his resiliency and ability to reinvent himself, learning from his own mistakes, that makes him a great entrepreneur – one willing to share the good, the bad and the ugly in order to help other entrepreneurs avoid the same missteps.

Dhar Mann: Entrepreneur at Heart

Dhar Mann has taken an unconventional path to success. The young CEO has experienced many highs and lows, from living in a Hollywood Hills mansion with 9 exotic cars, to losing everything and living on a friend’s couch, to bouncing back and owning an 8-figure business which he runs today. He’s a resilient go-getter who just refuses to stop pushing forward.

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Entrepreneur Dhar Mann

Dhar Mann’s business experience extends across many industries including real estate, transportation, medical marijuana, franchising, and cosmetics. Some of the businesses he has owned have been successes, but many of have failed. He attributes much of his success today from the learnings he’s obtained from the businesses that failed. Dhar Mann’s companies may seem like an odd mix, but for the diehard entrepreneur, it was all part of his pathway to success.

 

The Beginning of an Entrepreneur

LiveGlam Owner, Dhar Mann has a lot of experience with starting and running companies.

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Dhar Mann purchasing his first Lamborghini

He launched his first business, a real estate mortgage brokerage, at the age of 19 while studying at University of California, Davis. Before he could legally drink he had 3 offices, 25+ employees and was funding millions of dollars in real estate loans. At 21-years old, Dhar Mann was the only student in his small college town driving a Lamborghini to and from class and making more than his college professors. As the company grew, Dhar Mann dropped out from college to focus solely on the business, but after much pressure from his family, he eventually went back and earned his degree in Economics and Political Science.

Soon after he graduated the real estate mortgage crisis hit. Dhar Mann was on the verge of losing it all – including his exotic cars. He decided to create an exotic car rental company and rent out his own vehicles; turning his depreciating gas-guzzlers into income producers. That type of fast thinking would lead him to much success, but also to many problems.

(You can learn how to make money from exotic car brands in this short video he created: How I Earned a Free Ferrari and Why I Turned it Down)

 

Dhar Mann Real Estate Ventures

Alongside his transportation business, the young and ambitious entrepreneur started buying and rehabbing real estate in Oakland. He built up a sizable real estate portfolio in his early 20’s. While rehabbing property he found out about a government grant program that would reimburse 50% of the money he spent on construction.

Excited, he started many construction projects at once. What he didn’t realize is that it would take nearly a year for the City’s reimbursement checks to come in – well after the project money had all been spent.

In a cash crunch, he started taking some shortcuts on his grant paperwork to speed up the reimbursement process. He thought if he could get reimbursed faster it would allow him to take on even more construction projects and expand his real estate portfolio.

That decision would soon become one of his biggest life mistakes. But he wouldn’t realize it until after he made International headlines in the medical marijuana industry.

 

Dhar Mann Medical Marijuana Businesses

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Dhar Mann, weGrow Founder

One day in 2009 while working at his real estate office, one of Dhar Mann’s commercial tenants came in to report a break-in in the tenant’s unit. The tenant was reportedly running a catering business and had been robbed.  When Dhar picked up the phone to call the police, the tenant asked him not to report it, admitting the “catering company” was just a cover-up for a medical marijuana grow operation.

That was Dhar Mann’s first introduction to California’s medical marijuana laws.  After doing some research, Dhar found that not only was growing medical marijuana legal in Oakland, but it was a very lucrative business.  At that time an Oakland-based medical marijuana dispensary had just reported 17 million dollars in annual sales.

Dhar’s first idea was to open his own medical marijuana dispensary. The only way to do that was to get a license issued by the City, but to become licensed, an applicant had to demonstrate extensive experience with growing or selling medical marijuana.  So, he knew he had to earn that experience first.

In 2010 he opened what CNN dubbed “the Walmart of Weed”- a 15,000 square foot space that was a “one stop shop for growing pot.” At no time did Dhar Mann actually sell any medical marijuana, but Dhar sold all the supplies necessary to grow it.  There was even an on-site doctor to issue medical marijuana patient cards and a classroom that offered classes on how to grow medical marijuana.

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Dhar Mann on cover of Mother Jones Magazine

The business grand opening created a buzz around the world. Dhar Mann was featured in countless media publications including CNN, Time Magazine, Huffington Post and even landed on the front cover of Mother Jones Magazine and was the focus of a National Geographic Documentary. Dhar quickly grew the concept, becoming one of the first individuals in the world to franchise a medical marijuana business, and opened locations in Arizona, Washington D.C., New Jersey, Illinois and more.

Around this time he also found out that the City of Oakland was getting ready to issue new medical marijuana dispensary permits. Now, having the experience, street credit and team behind him, he successfully achieved his initial goal of applying for obtaining a medical marijuana dispensary permit.  It was an exciting time, but what he didn’t realize is his high was about to come crashing down.

 

Dhar Mann Fraud and Felony Conviction

As Dhar Mann’s popularity and businesses grew, so did scrutiny into his affairs.  A prosecutor from Northern California’s District Attorney’s office began investigating Dhar for any wrongdoing.  The prosecutor discovered the shortcuts Dhar Mann had taken on his grant paperwork from back in 2009.

In 2012, after years of investigating Dhar Mann, the District Attorney’s office filed 13 felony charges against him for fraud.  

Newspaper headlines quickly lit up with “Dhar Mann fraud” and “Dhar Mann felonies”. The news made major headlines across the globe. His reputation, relationships, and business quickly went up in smoke. The City of Oakland even rescinded the dispensary permit Dhar had worked so hard to obtain.

Dhar Mann initially won the criminal case and the charges were thrown out.  However, the District Attorney’s office re-filed the case for a 2nd time. Having already spent many years defending himself and hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees, Dhar was ready to move on with his life. So in 2014, he agreed to pay a $44,000 fine and spend 5 years on unsupervised probation.  The fine was promptly paid and his probation was terminated early for good behavior.

This experience taught Dhar Mann a very valuable lesson early on: cutting corners in life is always a bad idea. He decided to sell his interest in his medical marijuana businesses and moved to Los Angeles to start a new life.

(You can learn more about the lessons he learned and how he overcame this setback here: How to Achieve Success After a Setback)

 

New Beginnings: LiveGlam Owner

Succeeding as an entrepreneur is difficult in any situation, but succeeding as an entrepreneur with a criminal background, no money in the bank and a tarnished reputation is much more difficult.  

Knowing he would never get a job or work for anyone, Dhar Mann began exploring many different business ideas from his tiny 300-square foot studio apartment he was sharing with a friend.  One fortunate day in 2015, he ended up having lunch with a popular makeup artist and learned about the incredible opportunities within the beauty industry largely driven by the rise of social media.

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Dhar Mann, LiveGlam Founder

That lunch would soon turn into his most successful business venture to date. He partnered with the makeup artist to provide online makeup classes. With less than $1,000 starting capital he purchased a webcam, 2 softbox lights and built a scrappy website. Since all the classes were live streamed and on glamming, he decided to call the company LiveGlam.  

Today LiveGlam manufacturers its own cosmetics, has partnered with some of the most influential people in makeup, has almost two million social media followers and generates 8-figures in annual revenue. In just two years, the company has grown to 50+ team members and shipped 10MM+ in beauty products. Being an innovator in the beauty industry, LiveGlam is credited as being the worlds first makeup brush subscription box, in addition to offering successful eye shadow and lipstick subscription box services. 

 

Entrepreneur Dhar Mann as a Motivational Speaker

What’s most inspiring is how Dhar Mann learned important lessons from his prior mistakes and transformed failure into fortune. Knowing what it feels like to experience the many highs and lows of business and in life, Dhar now uses his learnings to create short motivational videos that have received tens of millions of views and inspired people all around the world.

As the CEO of LiveGlam, he continues to oversee daily operations, however now he is also focused on sharing with others what he’s learned about failure and success. He believes cultivating a mindset of perseverance is important – because every successful entrepreneur has failed many times, if not at least once.

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Dhar Mann shares his inspirational and motivational videos on social media to help others live their best life.

As a storyteller, he shares his experiences and tips for turning roadblocks into building blocks.

Dhar Mann’s messages have inspired others to face challenges head-on and embrace the growth that comes with overcoming hard times. He sees that growth as a way for us to improve our lives our and the lives of those we love.

His life and relationship tips have been shared millions of times on social media.

Dhar tackles issues that many of us can relate to, like feeling taken for granted in a relationship, or always comparing ourselves to others or feeling insecure.

 

How Dhar Mann Balances Work/Life as an Entrepreneur

As an entrepreneur, Dhar Mann is a self-starter who maintains a regular schedule. His daily routine includes exercise and healthy food to keep both his body and his mind in shape.

He makes sure to schedule plenty of time off to travel with his girlfriend Laura because building and maintaining a strong and happy personal life outside of work is one of his top priorities.

While the demands of operating a successful business can be taxing, Dhar Mann intentionally directs his attention to the most meaningful areas of his life where he feels the greatest good can be achieved.

As an entrepreneur, Dhar Mann’s unconventional path to success has been bumpy at times but through consistent effort, and a drive to never give up, he has already achieved many of his goals.  

He encourages people to free themselves from limiting beliefs and build the life that truly inspires them. You can keep up with his story at dharmann.com or join his active group of fans on Facebook. You can also follow Dhar Mann on YouTube where he publishes new content regularly.

8 thoughts on “Dhar Mann: Entrepreneur and Storyteller

    • Amber says:

      Hello my name is Amber and I live in Apple Valley California. For this trip I would take my husband and we would want to go to Hawaii. We really love the beach and have never gone there. This would be important to us because we never had a honeymoon and would like to go somewhere alone to spend quality time with each other. We also work opposite schedules and a little time off together would be great.
      My favorite tip from the buzzfeed article is to commit to a consistent schedule.

  1. Talin says:

    Hello Dhar & Laura!😘❤️ I live in Glendale and although my dream vacation would be Greece 🇬🇷 I would have to say a reasonable destination would be Alaska. My husband and I never went on a honeymoon due to work and health related issues. He felt bad about it and told me that wen though we hadn’t gone on a honeymoon that we would go on small trips in the future and call them manymoon trips lol. We have been together 14 years and married 4 of those years. The last four have been challenging in both health and Finances and we have yet to go on a honeymoon or start our plans for the manymoon trips. With the $1000 we would be able to kickstart our manymoom trips (won’t be enough for a dream trip, but it’s more than enough for a small getaway). Also, I would favorite trip you guys went to would be Mykonos 👌🏼. Thank you to the both of you for this great giveaway. 🤞🏼💕

  2. Ashley Garza says:

    My name is Ashley Garza I am from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and I would LOVE to got to Mykonos, Greece!!! 🇬🇷 The person I will bring along with me would be my mother❤️ this trip is very important to me because I come from a family and we never have enough money to travel. 😞 My mother is a hard-working woman, she faces battles that may seem simple to others but they’re huge to her and myself. She has 6 kids and 2 dogs who love her to death !! Someway somehow she always provides us a hot meal, shoes, clothes, and a roof over our very own head like it’s nothing but an everyday routines.❤️ We live in a three bedroom house with 8 people and 2 pets, imagine the chaos that comes with that. My month we had always wanted to travel the world but she has never been as far as Dallas, Texas. This is her dream that I want to help make come true!!! ❤️❤️ Not only is this trip and money important to me but I know it would be something my mother WOULD NEVER FORGET!! ❤️

    My favorite tip would be “Write awesome captions” because not only want you post should catch the attention of the reader but it should also tell them a story, with your caption as the title! ❤️

  3. Iris says:

    Hi you guys! Thankyou for doing this generous giveaway, I have so much respect for you guys for giving back, especially when you go out and prepare food for the homeless, you guys are awesome. For the vacation giveaway I would like to nominate my mom. We are here in California. Ever since i could remember, my mom has been my rock. She raised me and my brother all by herself. She would find work cleaning houses, laundrymats, selling food, finding any type of way to keep a roof over our head and keeping food on the table. She made sure we had clean and when possible new clothes, while she shopped at second hand stores for herself. Me and my brother began working at 15 in fast food to help her and now i am thankful to god that we are able to show our appreciation for everything she did for us by taking care of her. I dont know where she would like to go, but i can say this..she is the most grateful person i know, and she would be eternally grateful to you guys for gifting her a trip. (Thanks again you two, love u)
    Ps. Dhar i think your buzzfeed article was on point. My favorite advice you gave for influencers starting out is to stick to one area of expertise. I say that because theres lots of pages out there that have too much content of different subjects and it definitely will lose a viewers interest if they came on to your page looking for one subject that caught their attention and they get a load of bunch of unrelated content. So great advice!

  4. Stefanie King says:

    I would LOVE to take my boyfriend on our dream trip to Canada. He talks about going to Canada literally every single day. My boyfriend is one of the best people on this planet. I don’t know where i would be without him. Since we were sophomores in high school I lived with him because my family was having a lot of money issues and had to move into a one bedroom hotel with my mom, step dad, brother and sister. so there was obviously no room for me. Throughout all I was going through at the time with my family’s money problems, my boyfriend was MY ROCK. I couldn’t possibly ask for someone more loving and supportive. even though we were only 15 him and his family took me in. ever since he has given me everything I could ever want. We are now 21 and are juniors in college! We are definitely broke college students. We were already saving literally every penny to try to go to canada the second week of march, but my car broke down and had to use what we saved to fix it. He supports me so much with everything I do, emotionally and financially. I would love to be able to give something to him for once. who knows where i would be without him. If i could just do ONE thing for him, I would be so greatful. I love yalls relationship, it is definitely one to look up too. y’all are literally the ultimate goals. Even if I don’t win i’m greatful for the opportunity!! Love y’all!!
    my favorite tip from Dhar is ENGAGE with your followers! y’all do so much to engage with your supporters and trust me everyone appreciates it!!
    (we are from fort worth texas!)

  5. Delailah Atta says:

    Delailah Atta from Tracy, California. Hoping for and opportunity to submit this entry for the Dhar & Laura giveaway. This would be a chance for my husband and I to actually plan a real vacation. We would take this opportunity to make it happen and go the Maldives. I think it’s wonderful how you and Laura bring out the best in one another and I look forward to seeing more of these positive videos and posts

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