Name: Richard ‘Rick’ Kevin Harrison
Born: 2 Jun 1965
Occupation: Businessman, Reality TV star of ‘Pawn Stars’
Rick Harrison was born in Lexington, North Carolina in 1965. At the age of 2 his U.S Navy veteran father was relocated to San Diego, California and the family went too. Here his parents founded a successful real estate business, however this collapsed in 1981 and the family moved again, this time to Las Vegas, which is where Rick made his fortune.
At the age of 17 Rick married his sweetheart Kim and just two months later the happy couple fell pregnant with Rick’s first son Richard Corey. A second son, Adam, followed two years later but shortly after, Rick and Kim divorced. He quickly married again, to second wife Tracey, and continued to raise his sons.
Rick’s business career began at the tender age of 13 when he started his own pawn shop, but it wasn’t until 1988 that he founded the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop with his father. The shop is conveniently located just two miles from the infamous Las Vegas Strip and is now the biggest pawn shop in the city. By 2005, the father and son pair was lending around $3 million to customers annually, making around $700,000 in interest as profit.
In 2010 Rick Harrison was awarded the Pawnbroker of the Year Award by the National Pawnbrokers Association for his contributions to the pawn industry.
The highlight of Rick’s career however must be his TV series, which has just been signed for another 80 episode deal. The series ‘Pawn Stars’ was first pitched to HBO but in the end the History Channel bought the rights. In 2011 Pawn Stars became the most watched program on the History Channel and the second highest rated reality TV show after Jersey Shore.
With his years in the business and the television show, we estimate Rick’s net worth to be $5,000,000.
So how much is $5 million dollars really?
Rick is not afraid of spending money. He recently forked out nearly $ 140,000 on a new black Porsche Panamera Turbo. But if Rick is feeling a bit more adventurous he could take himself and 24 buddies on the Virgin Galactic space trip to outer space. Tickets cost just $200,000 each so he could make a bit of a party of it.
Or if he wanted to stay a bit closer to home he could pay for himself and his wife plus two other couples to go on the most expensive world cruise ever. The 124 day cruise is currently up for grabs at just $1.5 million, but he’d get to see a lot of countries. Over 28 countries, just think of all those antiques he could find!