Richard Raphael “Ricky” Van Veen is an entrepreneur from America and the co-founder of the popular comedy website “CollegeHumor”. He is also the CEO of a television production company “Notional” and the “Head of Global Creative Strategy ” at the world’s largest social media and networking service company Facebook. Today, let’s learn more about the career, biography, and net worth of Ricky Van Veen in 2019.
Early Life & Biography:
Richard Raphael Van Veen or Ricky Van Veen was born on December 14, 1980, in Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland, the U.S to his parents Richard Van Veen and Helen Van Veen. He was interested in programming since he was a child. He went to the Wake Forest University in North Carolina.
In 2011, he met actress Allison Williams through a common friend. They announced their engagement on February 2014 and the following year they got married at Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga.
Their marriage was attended by many celebrities including Katy Pery, Lena Dunham, John Mayer, Zosia Mamet and any more. The couple has a daughter who was born in September 2015.
Career, Awards & Nominations:
Ricky Van Veen started his career while he was still in college by co-founding the comedy website “CollegeHumor” along with his friend Josh Abramson in the year 1999. Over the next couple of years, the website attracted millions of visitors per month who enjoyed its contents.
He is also the founder of the company “Connected Ventures” which owns multiple small companies under its banner including the t-shirt business “BustedTees” and video sharing website “Vimeo”.
In 2009, he was appointed as the CEO of a television production company “Notional” which produces television shows for the traditional television media. One of the most popular television show of the company is the cooking television game show known as “Chopped” which airs on the Food network.
He has also made guest appearances in many videos series of the website CollegeHumor including Hardly Working and Jake and Amir. He was also seen in the MTV television program which was known as “The CollegeHumor Show”.
He has also appeared on the podcast of Amir Blumenfeld and Jake Hurwitz which was called ” If I Were You”. He was the first guest ever to come on the podcast.
Net Worth & Earnings:
Ricky Van Veen has an estimated net worth of more than $30 million. The net worth is the result of his various successful business ventures.
In 2001, he and his business partner Josh Abramson sold a majority of his website “CollegeHumor” stake to the company IAC/InterActiveCorp for $20 million.
Before the acquisition, the website was earning more than $10-15 million per year.
He also receives a huge salary from Facebook which adds to his net worth. He also earns from his production company which also helps in increasing his net worth significantly.
Ricky Van Veen is one of the most influential and renowned entrepreneurs in the world. He started his career at a very young age, but through his constant hard work and determination, he was able to make a name for himself.