Who is Richard Rawlings?
Born on the 30th March 1969, in Fort Worth, Texas USA, Richard Rawlings is an entrepreneur and television personality, best known to the world for his appearance in the reality TV show “Fast N’ Loud”, which airs on the Discovery channel since 2012. He is also the owner of Gas Monkey Garage and several other business ventures.
Richard Rawlings Background and Education
From an early age Richard was drawn to cars, and would often go to auto shows with his dad. The two began working on cars and even built their own. Richard bought his first automobile when he was 14 years old, however, after matriculating from Eastern Hills High School, Richard left his passion for cars aside, and supported his life doing several other jobs.
Before he began professionally working on cars, Richard was a firefighter, paramedic and enforcement officer, while also starting the printing and advertising company Lincoln Press in 1999. Three years later he opened Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas, and then 2004 sold his ad company in order to fully focus on his career in the workshop.
Rise to Fame
After years of the successful dealership, his business was picked up by the Discovery Channel to create the show “Fast N’ Loud”, which is currently in its ninth episode. The success of his business, and also the popularity of the show have added a great deal to his net worth; Richard became extremely popular and is a highly respected person in the automotive industry.
Aside from his dedication to work, Richard also focused on the notable 1979 Cannonball Run record from New York City to Los Angeles, wanting to break the time of 32 hours and 51 minutes. He managed to achieve that with co-pilot Dennis Collins in 2007 using a black Ferrari 550 which they modified, adding extra fuel cells – they set the new record of 31 hours and 59 minutes.
Hanging out at Gas Monkey Bar and Grill Key West for the season premiere of Fast N’ Loud at 8pm! Gonna live tweet from here and hey maybe one of y’all can be my beer assistant tonight ?!! #fastnloud #gasmonkeygarage #gasmonkeykeywest pic.twitter.com/iRRE0tzjwd
— Richard Ray Rawlings (@RRRawlings) March 13, 2018
Gas Monkey Restaurants
In addition to the garage, Richard has managed to expand his brand into restaurants by opening Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill in Dallas, Texas in 2013, and then in March opened his second restaurant at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, further increasing his wealth. Since then, Richard has opened in two more locations, first in Key West, Florida, then in Harker Heights, Texas, with a little different name and setting, Richard Rawlings’ Garage, a new restaurant intended for locals.
Back in 2016, Richard also launched an energy drink under his Gas Monkey brand, named Gas Monkey Energy.
Richard Rawlings Net Worth and Assets
Thanks to a number of successful business endeavors, in the past few years, Richard’s net worth soared, and now according to sources his wealth is estimated at $15 million.
As any other car lover, Richard has his own collection, which includes a Lamborghini Countach, Ford Mustang, Porsche, and his dream car a 1932 Ford Roadster, among many others, including several Ferarri models.
Richard Rawlings Marriage and Dating History
Richard has quite a history of dating; his first wife was Karen K. Grames, with whom he was married for only a year, 1993 to 1994. Five years later he married Suzanne Marie Mergele, but after his business became highly-demanding, their relationship fell through, and the couple divorced in 2009, however, they started dating again after several years, and in 2015 renewed their vows.