While some people are born privileged, others have to work their way up to affluence, and American real estate agent and reality TV star, Ryan Serhant, is a good example of the latter category. Life hasn’t always dealt the man a good hand, but he has come a long way since he began. Today, the broker is one of the top names in the American real estate industry and is famed for his appearance in the long-running Million Dollar Listing.
Not only has the TV personality built an empire for himself and is living his dream, but he also has a beautiful family to share it all with.
Meet Ryan Serhant: Author, Actor, And Successful Real Estate Agent
Born on July 2, 1984, in Houston, Texas, Ryan Serhant grew up in Massachusetts and attended Pingree School. The Million Dollar Listing star furthered his education in Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp. He later joined Hamilton College and finished with a double degree in English Literature and Theater. A member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, Ryan Serhant, moved to New York City to carve out a career in acting.
He began his career as an actor and appeared on popular soap opera As the World Turns in 2007. However, he moved to be a real estate agent and started working for Nest Seekers International, a fast-growing real estate firm in New York. He was ranked as the #15th most successful real estate broker in NYC in 2012 by The Real Deal Magazine, having sold over $100 million worth of property.
Ryan Serhant’s career got a break when he got the role of Evans Walsh in As The World Turns, the soap opera which holds one of the top spots of the longest dramas on American television, having run from 1956 to 2010.
Other movies where Serhant stars include While We’re Young (2015), Withdrawal (2008), Happy Birthday/I’m Dead (2008), etc. He has also excelled in TV shows such as Watch What Happens: Live, Marie, Bethenny, Million Dollar Listing New York, and its spinoff Sell it like Serhant, which he also works as its executive producer.
Besides television, Serhant works as a realtor in the real estate industry, working for The Nest Seekers International and is one of the best salesmen in the industry. He is also a best-selling author notable for making his insight available in books like Sell It Like Serhant: How to Sell More, Earn More, and Become the Ultimate Sales Machine.
Sometimes, Serhant combines real estate and television by appearing on screen as a real estate expert in several television shows for CNN, FOX, NBC, etc. He also runs Realty Byte with Ryan Serhant, a real estate web series he created, produces, and hosts. This show is accessible online.
Personal Experience Inspired His Success
Though he is best known today as a reality television personality for his appearance in Bravo TV’s Million Dollar Listing New York, Ryan Serhant’s income comes majorly from his real estate business.
Acting and part-time modeling work have also contributed significant sums to his total earnings. Serhant also earns from his numerous appearances as a real estate expert, and he makes money through his books as well. Ryan Serhant’s total wealth is estimated to be $25 million as of today.
We all have our stories, even the incredible Ryan Serhant. Before his breakthrough, Ryan used to be very self-conscious and shy. He was overweight and couldn’t look people in the eye because he thought he didn’t have what it took to be confident.
He also avoided friends so he wouldn’t have to spend money he didn’t have. All that has changed now since we know him as a bold person.
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Yesterday morning my client signed a contract for $40M for a house in the Hamptons. Right after, I got in the car and went with @nicholas.duarte to make an episode of Unlocked (my team’s Facebook Watch show) at our project The Hill in Ocean Hill, Brooklyn. Prices start at $399K. (this is Nick and I in front of the building yesterday). Then I negotiated a deal with @taliamckinney for $1.5M, a deal with @jessicacoreycampbell for $4.3M, a $4M deal at @SoHY condos and a big lease for a house on the UWS with @_nicolepalermo and @vinny_lapuma. I’ve never cared about big deals, or small ones. I just wake up everyday and try to sell as much as I possibly can with my team. It’s like I hear a gun go off each morning and I have to GO. I attribute my survival everyday to my get-up-and-go attitude. Always prepared. Always running. Always positive. And Never, Ever, looking back.
The reality star was particularly motivated to work harder and get his money up because of a heartbreaking experience he had. According to him, his credit card once got declined at a grocery store after buying a week’s worth of food.
Unfortunately, he couldn’t afford to pay cash or use other cards, so he sheepishly left despite a line of people behind him starring. After the considerable embarrassment that made him cry, he made up his mind to change his future.
Today, he boasts of founding New York City’s leading billion-dollar real estate team, The Serhant Team, and has a $25 million wealth to his name.
Inside Ryan Serhant’s Personal Life
Ryan Serhant met the love of his life Emilia Becharakis, a Greek-American author and real estate agent at a Greek Jewish party in New York. Serhant had planned to meet a client at the event, but little did he know the party would yield so much more for him than money.
As a woman with great beauty herself, Becharakis did not look anywhere near bad at the party, but she still couldn’t believe the stunning man that walked in could be single. Serhant had a confident and witty charm about him that attracted his future wife to him.
Against her initial assumption, the man wasn’t attached at the time and so began their love story. This was in 2011. Three years in, Ryan Serhant colluded with the Mayor and 50 officers of the NYPD to propose to Emilia in Times Square New York, and she said yes.
On July 7, 2016, the couple wedded. Their wedding was a lavish affair planned by celebrity planner Kevin Lee who also organized the weddings of A-list celebrities like Brad Pitt. It took place at Corfu Island in the Bride’s home country—Greece.
As a traditional woman who grew up in a small Greek village called Mani, culture is very important to Emilia. And realizing how important his wife’s heritage is to her, Serhant converted to Greek Orthodox Christianity in solidarity.
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Happy Mother’s day to the person who’s changed my life for the better and continues to give everyday 💛 I think back to when we first got together and we were just kids (we still are). We faced so many challenges to get Baby Z but you never gave up. Thank you for everything you do for our family. I love you Puffer @emilia_bechrakis
After about three years of blissful marriage, the couple welcomed their first child, Zena Serhant in February 2019.
They Are Both Real Estate Agents
The couple has several things in common besides just beauty; for one, they are both fitness enthusiasts.
Ryan Serhant might have a hectic schedule, but he creates time for his physical well-being, and so does his wife. They both use Dogpound gym located in New York, which also attends to high-profile clients like Victoria’s Secret models, actors, and business moguls.
A BPP Law school-educated lawyer, Emilia Becharakis, chose love over career at some point in her life. She entered the Real Estate Business instead of practicing to have one more thing in common with her partner.
Ryan Serhant’s wife also holds degrees from the University of Kent and the University College London and has the book To the Moon and Back for You to her name.