Richard Rawlings Net Worth
Richard Rawlings net worth: Richard Rawlings is an American car builder, cross-country racer, entrepreneur, and reality television personality who has a net worth of $18 million dollars. He is best known as the star of the reality television show Fast N' Loud and as the owner of Gas Money Garage as well as both the Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill and Gas Monkey Live music venues in Dallas, Texas.
Early Life: Richard Rawlings was born on March 30, 1969, in Fort Worth, Texas. As a child he went to auto shows with his father and constructed cars. He purchased his first at the age of 14. His first car was a 1974 green Mercury Comet. By the time he was actually old enough to drive, Richard had already bought and sold several cars. In high school, he drove a 1977 Bandit Trans Am. He graduated from Eastern Hills High School.
Career: Rawlings worked as a law enforcement officer, firefighter, paramedic, and owner and operator of his own printing and advertising company called Lincoln Press.
Richard sold his printing company in order to launch Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas, Texas. The shop creates automobiles for customers worldwide. Gas Monkey Garage has since become a world-famous hot rod shop with clients coming from all over the world. Gas Monkey, and the various cars that Rawlings finds, buys, or is given to restore, are now the subject of the hit Discovery Channel series, Fast N' Loud. The show began airing in June of 2012 and has since produced four seasons. The show features Mr. Rawlings, and his co-workers, Aaron Kaufman, KC Mathieu, and Scot McMillan as they seek out rare automobiles and restore them for a profit. Rawlings also co-hosts the show Garage Rehab on the Discovery Channel since 2017, which is about overhauling struggling automotive shops, along with co-hosts Russell Holmes and Chris Stephens. He started pitching the idea to the channel in 2015.
In September 2013, Rawlings started Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill in Northwest Dallas and a second location at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport opened in March 2014. Rawlings has indicated a desire to open a third Texas location outside of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. In October 2014, Gas Monkey Live, a venue dedicated predominantly to live music, was opened.
Beginning in 2014, Rawlings was featured in national television commercials promoting Dodge vehicles and financing.
On 12 May 2015, Rawlings published his first autobiography entitled Fast N' Loud: Blood, Sweat, and Beers.
Rawlings opened a new restaurant, Richard Rawlings' Garage, in Harker Heights, Texas, in 2016. It permanently closed in March 2019.
In 2019, Rawlings licensed the Gas Monkey brand to a line of energy drinks.
Personal Life: In 1990, Rawlings married Karen Grames but divorced the following year.
In 1999, he married his second wife Suzanne Marie Mergele in Las Vegas, Nevada.T he couple divorced in 2009 but remarried in 2015 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. On March 11, 2019, Rawlings announced via his Twitter account that Suzanne and Rawlings were separating and filing for divorce.
In August 2019, Rawlings proposed to girlfriend Katerina Deason at the Be Tulum resort in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Rawlings announced the engagement across his social media Saturday afternoon, declaring love at first sight: "The very second I laid eyes on you I knew….. Then only seconds later I realized your unbelievable beauty and grace came from within….. Right then I decided I wanted to spend all my seconds with you… Katerina, you are my everything and I promise to make the rest of our lives full of love and laughter. …You truly are my best friend and soulmate….. May God guide us through the rest of our lives as ONE….. I love you with all that I am. R"
According to legend, in the 1990s Richard took a bullet when he came across a carjacker attempting to steal his 1965 Mustang 2+2. Richard Rawlings is also a passionate transcontinental racer. He has participated in several rallies. He once held the world record for the fastest time in the Cannonball Run, until his score was eclipsed in 2013. To break that record, which had stood since 1979, Rawlings traveled 2811 miles from New York to Los Angeles in 31 hours and 59 minutes. That equates to an average driving speed of 87.6 MPH. He has also won both the Gumball 3000 and The Bullrun an unprecedented two times each.
Real Estate: Rawlings owns a house in Dallas, Texas. Built in 1960 on 1.46 acres, the home has three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and two half bathrooms, and offers a mid-century modern style bar with a retractable door, multiple decks, sunken bathtub, zen garden, outside master bath, and a private lake. His home is only four miles from the Gas Monkey Garage.
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