Tod Wilson is the owner of Mr. Tod's Pie Factory, a wholesale and retail bakery with locations in Somerset and Englewood, N.J. He's also the first person ever to win "Shark Tank," and his life and business have both changed considerably in the more than four years since.
The path that led to his appearance was not an easy one. He was reduced to living out of his car at one particularly low point. But the sharks—the tycoons who decide whether or not to invest in each business—found his story compelling, and offered him a deal.
It may surprise some to learn that he ultimately decided not to take the $460,000 that he was offered, as he didn't want to give up a 50 percent stake in his business. But he said in an interview with CNBC.com that it hasn't really mattered.
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