Richard Kelvin Harrison aka Rick The Spotter is a Las Vegas pawn shop owner, businessman and reality TV personality with an estimated net worth of $8 million. Harrison rose to prominence when his family’s pawn shop business was featured on History TV series Pawn Stars. Harrison has since expanded his business portfolio. Here is a brief run down of his life and how he made his money.
Rick Harrison Net Worth: Business Career Beginnings
Rick was born on March 22, 1965 in Davidson, North Carolina. Harrison’s interest in business was influenced by the “Great Britain” book series written by John D. Fitzgerald which he read while growing up. In 1967, his family relocated to San Diego where he attended high school but later dropped out to pursue his business career- Harrison made $2,000 a week from selling fake Gucci bags.
His parents were involved in the real estate business but after it failed, the family in 1981 moved to Las Vegas. Eight years later in 1989, Harrison together with his father, Richard “Old Man” Harrison opened Gold & Silver Pawn Shop located about two miles away from the Vegas strip. Fast forward to 2005, Gold & Silver was making $700,000 in interest income from loaning $3 million. Soon the pawn shop became popular among LV residents.
Rick Harrison Net Worth: Reality TV
Gold & Silver Pawn shop made its fist media feature in the Comedy Central show “Insomniac with Dave Attell” in 2003. Afterwards, Rick began pitching the idea of a pawn shop reality TV show and after four years it finally appealed to The History Channel. The original name of the show was Pawning History but was later changed to Pawn Stars, a marketing strategy as it played off the term “porn stars”. It worked! Pawn Stars which debuted in 2009 became The History Channel’s highest rated show by 2011.
The show features Harrison, his father, his son Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison, and Corey’s childhood friend, Austin “Chumlee” Russell. The History channel renews the series in 80-episode batches, a rarity for reality TV shows. In 2014, the family began a second show Pawnography.
In an interview conducted in 2015, Harrison revealed that he would really slow down after two more seasons of the show in order to focus on his family. However, the fate of the show is yet to be decided after one of its stars Chumlee was arrested following an alleged sexual assault. At the point of arrest, he was in possession of guns and drugs.
Should the show get cancelled, Rick would have nothing to worry about as his pawn shop will keep running. Plus Harrison has other business endeavors like his new strip mall, Pawn Plaza located along the Vegas Boulevard just south of the pawn shop which attracts thousands of visitors daily. His speed trivia game Rick Harrison’s Trivia Challenge is available on Facebook, the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.