Richard Kevin Harrison, also known as Rick Harrison, is an American businessman and television personality. He is part of the family that owns the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop located in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Rick Harrison Personal Details
Stage Name: Rick Harrison
Full Name: Richard Kevin Harrison
Birthday: March 22, 1956
Place of Origin: Lexington, North Carolina, U.S.
Height: 1.82m or 5’11.65”
Sexual Orientation: Straight male
Spouse: Deanna Burditt
Profession: Businessman, television reality personality
Total Net Worth: $9 million
Rick Harrison’s Personal Life
The American television reality personality was born on March 22, 1965, in Lexington, North Carolina, U.S., to parents Richard Benjamin Harrison and JoAnne Rhue Harrison. His father, Richard Benjamin, is a United States Navy veteran. Rick has 3 siblings namely Joseph Kent Harrison, Chris Harrison, and Sherry Joanne Harrison who died when she was just 6 years old. According to Richard Benjamin, the Harrison family is related to the 9th President of the United States, William Henry Harrison.
When Rick’s father was transferred to San Diego, California, the family also relocated. The move happened when Rick was just two years old. Growing up Rick developed a love for books, and it was because he suffered from epileptic seizures that would keep him in bed which led him to read books. He became a fan of the series of children’s books written by John D. Fitzgerald entitled The Great Brain. The book is about a 10-year-old boy, Tom D. Fitzgerald, in Utah who is a con artist with the skill for money-making schemes. The book greatly influenced Rick. Aside from the series of children’s books, Rick also loves physics and history. In middle school, Rick attended Taft Middle School, but in 10th grade, Rick dropped out.
In April 1981, the Harrison family relocated again to Las Vegas, Nevada. The move was because Rick’s parent’s real estate business went down.
Rick Harrison got married thrice. His first wife is Kim whom Rick married in 1982. Rick was just 17 years old when Kim got pregnant with their first child named Corey, who was born on April 27, 1983. Their second child, Adam, was born two years later. After the birth of their second child, the couple separated.
Rick’s second wife is Tracy, whom he met on a double-blind date. The couple dated and moved in together after six months and got married after 8 months. Rick pursued his business of selling fake Gucci bags earning $2,000 per week and then dropped out of high school. The couple has a son named Jake Harrison. Rick and Tracy divorced in 2011.
Rick’s third wife is Deanna Burditt, who also got divorced twice. Rick and Deanna got married on July 21, 2013, in Laguna Beach, California. The ordained minister of the wedding is Danny Koker, the Counting Cars star, and car expert, and the ring bearer is Austin “Chumlee” Russell, Rick’s Pawn Stars co-star.
Rick Harrison is a supporter of Republican candidates and politicians. He has supported former President Donald Trump and also Daniel Rodimer. Rick Harrison has thoughts of running as governor of Nevada in 2022.
Rick Harrison’s career
When the Harrison family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, Rick’s father opened a secondhand store ‘Gold & Silver Coin Shop’.
During the daytime, Rick would work at the shop and then repossess cars during the night. After five years, the store moved from Las Vegas Boulevard South to Fremont Street, a larger location. Unfortunately, the store lost its lease after two years and then moved back to Las Vegas Boulevard in a new commercial building. Rick’s father had planned for the shop to be a pawn shop and sought the new pawn license. The new pawn license is a Las Vegas law that requires a new pawn license under the population of the city.
At that time, the population of Las Vegas was 200,000 and by the time it reached 250,000 in 1989, the Harrison’s got their license. In the same year, Rick and his father opened the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. Furthermore, the shop earned about $700,000 in interest income, and they were loaning about $3 million each year. Then in 2006, the shop became known for selling unique sports memorabilia.
For four years, Rick has been pitching his idea of a reality television show for the pawnshop after the shop was the subject of the PBS documentary in 2001. By 2008, the idea came into reality when Brent Montgomery and Colby Gaines of Leftfield Pictures wanted a show based in a Las Vegas pawn shop, and they approached Rick Harrison.
In July 2009, Pawn stars were released. Initially, the name of the show was Pawning History and was renamed to Pawn stars after the suggestion of a Leftfield staffer. Pawn Stars features Rick and his father together with his son Corey and Corey’s childhood friend. During the production of the show’s 15th episode in June 2018, Richard Benjamin ‘The Old Man’ died.
In 2010, Rick was awarded the Pawnbroker of the Year by the National Pawnbrokers Association for his contributions in enlightening everyone of the pawn industry. By January 2011, the show was the highest-rated program on the History Channel.
On June 7, 2011, Rick released a biography book entitled License to Pawn: Deals, Steals, and My Life at the Gold & Silver. On June 26, 2011, Rick’s biography reached number 22 on the New York Times Best Seller.
Rick Harrison’s Total Net Worth
Rick Harrison is a successful reality television personality and businessman. He is part of the reality television show titled Pawn Stars which covers the operations of Gold & Silver Pawn Shop such as bringing outside experts to authenticate historical items and to provide insight.
Aside from his successful reality television show, Rick is also a successful businessman who is a great negotiator. His business tactic has enabled him to grow his business and brand which added to his net worth.
Rick Harrison has an estimated net worth of $9 million.