Family and Personal
An American entrepreneur Richard Rawlings was born on March 30, 1969, in Texas. Since his childhood, he was interested in cars. He used to follow his father to an auto show and helped him to build cars. At the age of 14, he has his first motor car.
To fulfill his passion for a car, he began to take two to three jobs at a time to afford to have a car of his own. Following his father’s imprints, he took jobs at an early age, just to satisfy his thirst for motors. He graduated from Eastern Hills High school. Later, began to work as a firefighter and paramedic.
Putting some limelight towards his personal life, the 48-years-old Fun N Loud star Rawlings tied the knot with Karen K. Grames in the year 1993. Just a year later, they failed to save their marriage and separated. Neither Rawlings nor his ex-wife Grames has spoken about their divorce to the media.
In 1999, he tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend Suzanne Marie Mergele. The pair shared the vow in front of their relatives and friends in Las Vegas, Nevada. Until 2008, everything was fine. But in 2009, the pair got divorced. He remained single till 2014. In 2015, once again the pair come close and decided to marry. In 2015, they remarried in Mexico, promising each other that they’ll not repeat the same mistake they did before.
Professional Career Growth
He is the star of a reality styled car show “Fast and Loud” on Discovery Channel. The show is based on his own “Gas Monkey Garage”. He owns two venues in Dallas, Texas – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill and Gas Monkey Live. He is a veteran of intercontinental road rallies. Rawlings broke a cannonball run world record that stood for 25 years. He has also won the Gumball 3000 and the Bullrun twice.
Richard Rawlings is a man who built himself up from the ground level. He worked as a fire fighter, a police officer and a paramedic before he was even 21, only to be able to fulfill his appetite for cars. He then left the jobs and built a business himself. He started Lincoln Press in 1999. He sold the business in 2004 to fund Gas Monkey Garage (started in 2002).
Gas Monkey Garage creates and delivers cars worldwide. Also, he buys and renovates old antique cars in his garage with his team. This is all featured on his reality show. In October 2013, he opened Gas monkey Bar N’ Grill in Dallas. A second Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill was opened in March 2014 in International Terminal D at Dallas/ Fort Worth International Airport and a third at Key West, Florida on April 8, 2016.
Net Worth and Salary 2017
All of this sums up and makes his net worth US$15 million in the present date. With the third venue, Gas Monkey Empire also launched a new energy drink called Gas Monkey energy.
On October 11, 2014, he started Gas Monkey Live in Northwest Dallas. It has a capacity of 3000 audiences and is completely focused for live performances. The majority of the income he earns is through Fast n' Loud, however Rawlings has amassed over 1 million fans on Instagram which is now contributing to his money making ability.