Richard Benjamin Harrison Jr. was a renowned name in the American business world. He was known by the names ‘The Old Man’ and ‘The Appraiser.’ He was a reality TV personality too. Richard was the co-owner of the ‘Gold and Silver Pawn Shop’ along with his son Rick Harrison. Now let’s have a closer look at the net worth of Richard Benjamin Harrison in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Richard Benjamin Harrison Jr. took birth on 4th March 1941 in Danville, Virginia. He was of Irish descent. His family shifted to Lexington, North Carolina when he was just one year old. He studied in ‘Lexington High School.’ He left his school when he was in his junior year. Richard used to drive a school bus at the age of 14 to make money for his family as they were poor. He used to earn $5 or $6 per week.
Richard Benjamin Harrison Jr. got married to Joanne Rhue in 1960. Joanne was the daughter of a county judge Joseph Rhue. The couple met when Richard was attending a barn dance. Immediately after the marriage, Joanne became pregnant with their first child Sherry. Sherry died when she was six years old due to Down syndrome. Chris, Joseph, and Rick are their three sons. He had a keen interest in all kind of cars. Richard died on 25th June 2018 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Career, Awards & Nominations
In his young age, Richard was found guilty of stealing a car. The judge gave him a choice to either go to jail or to join the military. Richard decided to join the military. He attained the ‘Petty Officer First Class’ rank when he was serving in the United States Navy. In 1970, Joanne acquired his real estate license. In 1973, they opened their office. In 1981, their real estate business suffered losses. Eventually, they had to close the real estate business. They relocated to Las Vegas in Nevada along with their sons.
Richard had only $5000 left at that time. With this savings, Richard opened the ‘Gold & Silver Coin Shop’ along with his son. The lease of this business got expired in 1988. In 1989, ‘The Old Man’ Harrison opened the ‘Gold and Silver Pawn Shop’ with his son. This shop remains open 24/7 for all the 365 days in a year. From 2010 until the time of his death, Richard was doing a reality television show ‘Pawn Stars’ along with his son Rick, grandson Corey and Corey’s childhood friend Austin Russell.
Net Worth & Earnings
Richard served in the ‘U.S. Navy’ for 20 years. He starred in the TV show ‘Pawn Stars.’ He was a very successful businessman. Nearly 5000 people visit the shop each day. Richard Benjamin Harrison’s current estimated net worth is $10 million.
Richard ‘Old Man’ Harrison was known from his late 30’s. He attended the Pawnshop for 17 years without missing a single day. His son Rick stated that Richard was a great family man. Rick also mentioned that his father was his hero.