Name: Richard Kevin Harrison
Born: March 22, 1965
Occupation: Reality television star, entrepreneur
Rick Harrison was born in Davidson, North Carolina on March 22, 1965. He is the son of Richard Benjamin Harrison, a U.S. Navy veteran, businessman and reality television star, and Joanne Rhue Harrison. He has two siblings: Joseph Kent and Christopher K; he had another sibling who died at six.
Upon relocation to San Diego, California, Rick attended San Diego Unified School District, but he finished his studies in the middle of the 10th grade.
Rick has been married twice before, once to Kim and once to Tracy. Since July 2013, he has been married to Deanna Burditt, who has also been married twice before. He has four children: Adam, Corey, Jake and Sarina – Corey and Adam are each from his previous marriages. The family presently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After floundering around for a bit, Rick and his father started Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas in 1989. The company would transform into a massive success, earning nearly $1 million a year in interest income alone. Soon after being featured in a television show in 2003, Rick had the idea of a reality television series about a pawn shop, and the concept led him to pitch the show to multiple networks.
It was in 2009 when The History Channel picked up “Pawn Stars.” It eventually became one of the highest rated TV programs for the network, which prompted the channel to produce several more seasons. The success of the series encouraged Rick to write and publish a book called “License to Pawn: Deals, Steals, and My Life at the Gold & Silver.” Upon release in 2010, it became an instant New York Times bestseller.
He expanded outside of “Pawn Stars,” appearing in “Rock Camp: The Movie,” “Pawnography,” “American Restoration,” “Counting Cars” and “American Pickers.” Rick also executive produced the 2014 TV series documentary “Blood Sweat and Heels.”
Outside of business and entertainment, Rick is politically active, describing himself as a libertarian. He did cause a bit of controversy, which he admitted he did, when he endorsed Florida Republican Senator and 2016 presidential candidate Marco Rubio. Following the election, he returned to his libertarian roots and participated in libertarian events and debates.
We estimate that Rick Harrison’s net worth is $5 million (2017).
So how much is $5 million really?
$5 million could allow you to run for the United States Senate as a Libertarian Party candidate. $5 million could also help a pawn shop loan money to customers – Rick Harrison’s store lends about $3 to $5 million every year.
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