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Richard ‘Old Man’ Harrison Net Worth, Wiki & Biography in 2017
American co-owner of the The World Famous Gold and Silver Pawn Shop, Richard Benjamin “Old Man” Harrison Jr., was born on 4 March 1941, in Danville, Virginia, and is best known through appearing as a reality TV star. The nickname “Old Man” stuck to Richard in his late 30s, because of his appearance and behaviour.
So just how rich is “Old Man” Harrison? Authoritative sources estimate that Harrison has a net worth of over $9 million as of mid-2017, accumulated firstly through sales from his pawn shop, and later from his and the shop‘s television appearances, including in their own show.
Harrison and his family moved to Lexington, North Carolina, where Richard attended Lexington High School but left in his junior years. The family was poor, and Richard worked as a school bus driver from the age of 14 to make ends meet, rising extremely early, but only making from five to six dollars a week. In the late 1950s, Harrison was convicted of car theft, bur chose to serve in the US Navy rather than go to jail – he eventually served continuously for 20 years.
Harrison‘s last posting was to San Diego, where his wife became a real estate agent, and after discharge Richard worked in her office. However, when the business went broke in 1981, the family moved to Las Vegas, where Richard and son Rick started their own business by establishing a shop named the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop. In 1989 this became “The World Famous Gold and Silver Pawn Shop“, and was the point when Harrison started raising his net worth, by allegedly working there 24/7. His store gained a big boost in popularity all over the United States when it was featured on a Comedy Central show – “Insomniac with Dave Attell” -, which increased customer numbers from 70 to 700, and is now in the several thousands daily!
Subsequently, Richard and his son looked for ways to get their own show on television. Rick pitched the idea to various studios until it was picked up by the History channel. Their show “Pawn Stars” debuted in July 2009, has now aired over 300 episodes, and has proven to be the most popular show on the History channel, spawning several shows on other channels trying to get a slice of the pie.
Harrison and his family have received various awards over the years, including the key to the city of Las Vegas in 2010, and the key to the city of Lexington in 2012. Father and son were also nominated to be included in the 2012 Time 100 list.
As for his personal life, Richard Harrison met Jo-Anne Rhue, his future wife, at a barn dance when he was 17 and the married in 1960. They have four children – Sherry, Joseph, Rick, and Chris. Sherry was born first, but had medical complications and died when she was six. Richard‘s particular hobby is collecting cars – for one particular car, a 1966 Chrysler Imperial, he persisted for fifteen years until he convinced the owner to sell it to him. Harrison‘s other passion is, of course, his shop. Apparently he hasn’t missed a day of work there in almost 20 years.