Richard Benjamin Harrison Jr. is an American businessman and reality television personality, best known as the co-owner of the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop featured on the History Channel series Pawn Stars, where he was known by the aliases “The Old Man” and “The Appraiser.” Let’s take a look at his life over the years, starting with his net worth!
Richard Harrison Net Worth As Of 2019: $5 Million
Richard Harrison’s net worth is estimated to be around $5 million. Let’s take a look at his life and career over the years to see how he came so far.
The Early Years
Harrison was born in Danville, Virginia, and grew up in North Carolina. He attended Lexington High School, but ultimately left during his junior year. In order to help earn money for his family, Harrison drove a school bus when he was just 14 years old, earning around five to six dollars a week. During an incident in the late 1950’s, Harrison stole a car and enlisted in the military to avoid prison time, per an offer made by the judge; he later left the Navy in 1962 but re-enlisted a little over a year later to obtain health care benefits. Ultimately, he ended up serving in the U.S. Navy for 20 years.
In 1981, Harrison moved his family to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he opened the Gold & Silver Coin Shop with his son Rick, relocating the business to a larger building around five years later. After the business lease expired in 1988, the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop at 713 Las Vegas Boulevard South would open up the following year.
Starting in 2009, Harrison, his son Rick, grandson Richard Corey and co-worker Austin “Chumlee” Russell were the focus of the History Channel reality series Pawn Stars. Nearly a month after the show premiered, it quickly became the highest rated program on the network and the second highest rated reality show program at the time, behind Jersey Shore. The show’s popularity also proved good for business, as the store gradually started to get thousands of daily customers. In June 2018, Harrison passed away at the age of 77.
After his demise in June last year, Richard Harrison’s memory continues to live on History Channel’s ‘Pawn Stars’.