Richard Harrison is mostly known to fans as the ‘Old Man’ in the entertaining reality TV show called “Pawn Stars”. Sadly, Richard Harrison passed away in June 2018, although his business lives on thanks to his son and grandson. So what was Richard Harrison net worth in 2018? What were Richard Harrison’s salary/earnings? Read on…Image Credit: Getty Images
Richard Harrison was born as Richard Benjamin Harrison Jr. on March 4th, 1941 in Danville, Virginia, U.S. His family is of Irish descent and there was a rumor that the family is actually related to Presidents William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison. That said, Richard Harrison believes this relation is not true. Harrison is an example of one person that managed to become rich by leaving school at an early age. He attended Lexington High School but left in his junior year. Due to the fact that his family was really poor when he was a kid, Harrison became a school bus driver at the tender age of only 14 years old. At the time, he only earned five to six dollars a week for his efforts.
For much of his life before he opened a Pawn Store, Richard Harrison was a part of the U.S. Navy. He entered the Navy because he stole a car when he was a teenager. He was either given to the option to go to jail or go to the military. Harrison chose the latter and he was in the Navy for 20 years doing multiple different roles during his time there.
By 1981, Richard Harrison only had $5000 in his pocket and he moved his family to Las Vegas, Nevada. It was here in Las Vegas where he opened the famous World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop along with his son Rick Harrison. It’s this shop that made the Harrison family a household name as the History Channel approached them for the TV show ‘Pawn Stars’. The show became an instant success and many of the employees of the shop saw an increase in their wealth because of it. Thanks to the success of the show, the shop increased its customers per day and it brought in lots of tourists from all around the world. The show is still airing on the History Channel and most of the family members are still part of the business.
Rick Harrison posted the following message about his death via Instagram: “Richard Benjamin ‘The Old Man’ Harrison passed away this morning surrounded by those he loved. He will be tremendously missed by our family, the team at Gold & Silver Pawn and his many fans the world over. He was my hero and I was fortunate to get a very cool ‘Old Man’ as my dad.That I got to share him with so many others and they got to see what a great family man he was is something I am grateful to have experienced with him. He lived a very full life and through the History television show ‘Pawn Stars’ touched the lives of people all over, teaching them the value of loving your family, hard work and humor. We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers and ask that we are provided some privacy at this time.”
Richard Harrison passed away on June 25th, 2018 at the age of 77. He died from a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Even though Richard Harrison is gone, he died a wealthy man and his family is continuing his legacy.
In all, we estimate Richard Harrison net worth in 2018 at $5 million.