1 – Rick Has Never Watched the Show

That’s right. Harrison claims he’s never seen any episodes of Pawn Stars that have aired each year since 2000. His explanation is that he can’t stand to see himself on camera. In fact, Rick says he seldom watches any television, preferring instead to curl up with a good book in the evenings.

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2- Rick Never Went Past the 10th Grade in School

Rick appears to be a walking encyclopedia when he begins to size up an item and recites the history and value behind it. The fact is, Rick never graduated from high school or attended college.

Harrison says he dropped out of high school in the 10th grade to pursue his $2,000-a-week business of selling fake Gucci bags on the Las Vegas strip.

One reason Rick seems to have so much knowledge about the items presented to him by customers on the show is because the items have all been selected for viewer interest by the producers. Rick is able to examine each item, do the research and make price comparisons to come off as an expert on everything he appraises when he’s in front of the camera.

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3- Rick Suffered from Childhood Epilepsy.

Although you wouldn’t know it now, Rick suffered from epileptic seizures from the ages of 8 to 16. During long periods of bed confinement during those troubled years, Rick read books to pass the time. As a result of his early interest in books, Rick is a voracious reader. His favorite books are about chemistry and the historical periods of the 1700s and 1800s.

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4- Rick was a Teenage Father

Rick was only 18 when he fathered his son Corey in 1983. After working at the pawn shop for the next four years and fathering another boy, Rick became the co-owner of the World Famous Gold and Silver Pawn Shop along with his father Richard.

Rick has two other sons. Jake works behind the scenes at the store and Adam is a plumber who professes no desire to be on television.

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5. Rick Wore a Fake Rolex Watch for Five Years.

Rick has made some bonehead deals over the years. One of the first mistakes he mistakes he made was falling for the con job played on him with a fake Rolex watch.

He won’t disclose how many thousands of dollars he paid for the fake timepiece that was virtually worthless. Incensed and embarrassed, Rick wore that watch every day for five years to remind himself of his costly blunder.

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6. Rick Can’t Sell Merchandise in His Own Store

Due to the strict Nevada privacy laws that oversee pawn shops, Rick cannot actually sell items in the store because his face is so well known.
When it appears he has made a deal on television, he directs the customer to someone else to pay for it or to pick up their cash.

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7. Rick Never Figured the Show Would Last for More Than Two Seasons

Rick never dreamed Pawn Stars would become the mega hit it is He was hoping it would last a season or two so he would get the exposure to bring customers into the pawn shop once the show went off the air.

Surprisingly to him, the show was an instant hit and became the History Channel’s number one ranked reality show by the end of the first season.

In 2012, Rick signed on for another 80 shows over the next four years. Not bad for a guy who was only looking for some publicity.

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8. Rick’s Nickname as a Youth was “Spotter.”

From an early aged, Rick had a knack for seeing the value in things that others didn’t recognize. At the age of 13, he discovered that the word “Sterling” stamped on the backs of spoons make them worth much more than other spoons because of the high silver content. Rick used to run around swap meets looking for the Sterling spoons and usually to 100 dollars a day.

That talent for seeing things of value earned Rick the nickname “The Spotter.”

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9- Ricks Lines are All Scripted

In fact, all of the supposed banter between the four main cast members is written out before hand by writers hired by the show’s producers. If the dialogue seems stiff and unnatural at times, now you know why: someone else is putting the words into the guy’s mouths.

The frequent arguments and infighting are also scripted. Not that there isn’t some tension on the set between the four cast members, but for the most part, they seem to get along well and follow their scripted parts closely.

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10- Rick Has Been Married Three Times

Harrison was married and divorced twice before he met his 38-year-old legal worker Deanna Burditt, his current wife. She has also been married and divorced twice before.

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Rick Harrison was born Richard Kevin Harrison in 1965 in Lexington, North Carolina. He is a businessman, reality TV star, and author. Along with his father, Richard Benjamin Harrison, Harrison is founder and co-owner of the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, Nevada.

He has three sons, Richard Corey Harrison and Adam Harrison from his first marriage, and Jake Harrison from his second marriage. He married his third wife, Deanna Burditt, on July 21, 2013 in Laguna Beach, California.

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In 1981, due to a failing family business in North Carolina, Harrison’s family relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada. Along with his father, Harrison founded the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in 1989. After being featured in a PBS documentary, Harrison began pitching a show centered around a pawn shop. It wasn’t until 2009 that Pawn Stars, centered around Rick, his father Richard, son Corey, and Corey’s friend Chumlee, began airing on History. In 2010, Harrison was given the National Pawnbrokers Association “Pawnbroker of the Year” award for his work related with Pawn Stars. In 2011, Harrison wrote a book entitled License to Pawn: Deals, Steals, and My Life at the Gold & Silver. The book peaked at #26 on the New York Times Best Seller list on June 26, 2011.

Thanks to booming business and being the highest rated show on History, Harrison stands to make around $1.3 million in 2013. Due to his good financial sense and business skills, he has a net worth almost 10 times his annual salary at approximately $12 million.

How much is Rick Harrison’s Net Worth? $12 Million!

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Rick Harrison is best known as the father on the History Channel hit show Pawn Stars. Harrison was born March 22, 1965, in Lexington, North Carolina. Harrison married his third wife, DeAnna Burditt, in 2013. He has two sons, Corey and Adam, from his first wife and a third son, Jake, from his second wife. Only Corey is active on the Pawn Stars show.

Pawn Stars shows the workings of the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, NV, owned by Harrison, his father and son Corey. The shop is one of Harrison’s primary sources of income. Harrison wrote a best-selling book about his life in the pawn business. Harrison also has a number of other business interests including being involved in the settlement funding industry.

It is estimated that Mr. Harrison’s pawn business makes about a million dollars a year in loan interest and he earns about $300,000 a season from Pawn Stars. Combining this income with his other business holdings, his yearly income for both 2013 and 2014 was easily in excess of one million dollars a year. As all of Harrison’s assets are not public knowledge, his net worth is difficult to estimate but it is believed to be well in excess of 13 million dollars.

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Rick Harrison was born Richard Kevin Harrison in Lexington, North Carolina on June 2, 1965. He’s known by his nickname Rick. He married for the third time in Laguna Beach, California on July 21, 2013. His current wife is Deanna Burditt. He has three sons and two are from his first marriage to Kim. His sons with her are Corey and Adam. From his second marriage to Tracy he has a son named Jake. Deanna has also been married three times and has three daughters. Today, Rick is co-owner of a famous pawn shop in Las Vegas, Nevada called the World Famous Gold And Silver Pawn Shop. He owns the shop with his father, Richard Benjamin Harrison.

The pawn shop is followed by fans throughout the world on a reality television show on the History Channel called Pawn Stars. The show stars Rick Sr., Rick himself, and his son, Corey. It also stars a good childhood friend of Corey’s, Austin Russell, who is affectionately known as Chumlee. The reality TV show began in July of 2009. By 2011, it was the number two rated reality TV show, second to Jersey Shore. Rick published a biography of his life, which reached an impressive #22 on the New York Times bestseller list in the summer of 2011. Over 250 episodes of Pawn Stars has been aired, with a contract signed recently to produce 80 more episodes.

Rick Harrison’s net worth is estimated at eight million dollars. He makes over $25,000 per episode according to estimates. He has interesting investments that he hopes will serve him well in retirement. He’s said that he puts about ten percent of his earnings into silver and gold, another 80 percent is invested in well-known blue chip companies and the other 10 percent he keeps as money used just for fun. The advice he gives to beginning entrepreneurs is to be totally dedicated to the business, with a stellar work ethic, and to plan on working long days. He has said that his day begins at 4:30 a.m. and can go to 6:00 p.m.