Richard Kevin Harrison, also known as Rick, is an American businessman, television personality, and co-owner of the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop.
The shop is also featured on the History reality television series Pawn Stars. Harrison and his father opened the shop in 1989 and co-owned until his father’s death in 2018. As of 2020, Rick’s net worth is estimated at around $8 million.
Richard Kevin Harrison was born on 22nd March 1965 in Lexington, North Carolina, the United States of America to Richard Benjamin Harrison Jr. and Joanne Rhue Harrison.
He grew up alongside his siblings Sherry Joanne Harrison (died at the age of 6), Joseph Kent Harrison, and Christopher K. Harrison in San Diego. He went to Taft Middle School in San Diego, California.
In April 1981, his family relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada, after his parent’s real estate business collapsed. He later dropped out of high school to pursue his $2,000-a-week business of selling fake Gucci bags.He was just a 13 years old teen at the time.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Harrison is estimated at around $8 million as of February 2020. His primary source of income is his Pawnshop business. Besides, he also receives a decent sum of money from his royalties from The History Channel TV show.
As per various online sources, he owns a 3,932 square-foot 4-bedroom, 4, and 1 half bathroom house in Las Vegas, Nevada. As per sources, the house is reportedly listed for $4 million.
In 1981, Rick’s father opened a 300-square-foot secondhand store called the Gold & Silver Coin Shop in Las Vegas Boulevard South. He worked in the store in the daytime while repossessing cars at night.
The father-son duo earned their pawn shop license in 1989 and opened the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop less than two miles from the Las Vegas Strip. By 2005, they were loaning out about $3 million annually with $700,000 in interest income.
By 2006, the shop developed a reputation for carrying special sports items with unique histories. They even had a 2001 New England Patriots Super Bowl ring that belongs to football cornerback Brock Williams.
As of 2010, the items most often brought into the store were jewelry. Their shop inventory has a ratio of 5,000 items pawned per 12,000.
In 2009, Harrison began appearing in a reality show based in a Las Vegas pawn shop, which was originally pitched to HBO. The format was later changed by Nancy Dubuc of the History Channel, including on-camera experts appraising the items brought into the Gold & Silver as well as the personality dynamics of the store’s staff.
The program was renamed to Pawn Stars for more marketing appeal. In January 2011, the show became the highest-rated program on the History Channel and the second-highest rates reality show behind reality television series Jersey Shore.
As of 2020, the show is in its 15th season, with 44 minutes of running time. The show also stars Richard Harrison, also known as Old Man (died in 2018), Corey Harrison, and Austin Russell.
Harrison has been married thrice. He is currently married to third-wife Deanna Burditt. The couple announced their engagement in 2012 and got married on 21st July 2013 in Laguna Beach, California.
He exchanged vows with his first wife, Kim, in 1982 and shared two children Corey and Adam. They got divorced in 1986. He then walked down the aisle with Tracy Ann Hill on 15th August 1987 and shared a son named Jake. They got divorced in 2011.
The 55-year-old media personality serves at the Epilepsy Foundation’s National Board of Directors. On 5th October 2014, he led motorcycle riders across the Las Vegas to raise funds and awareness for the foundations.