Richard Rawlings is an American entrepreneur and a media personality. He rose to fame through a reality television series, Fast N’Loud. Let’s know everything about Richard, his birth, his career, wife’s and divorce and net worth.
Richard Rawlings was born on March 30, 1969, in Fort Worth, Texas, United States. Richard went to Eastern Hills High School and graduated from there. Richard was interested in cars since he was a child. He used to go to the auto shows with his father.
Richard Rawlings started his career officially when he launched Gas Monkey Garage by selling Lincoln Press, a printing and advertising company which he had started in 1999. Gas Monkey Garage created automobiles. And since 2012, the facility has been focusing on the Discovery Channel series Fast N’ Loud. The series features Richard Rawlings and his crew from the Dallas, Texas-based Gas Monkey Garage as they search for tired and run-down cars, and restore them for profit.
Fast N’ Loud follows motor mastermind Richard Rawlings and mechanical whiz kid Aaron Kaufman. They buy cars and restore them giving a completely new and dashing look in their Gas Monkey Garade, in Dallas. Richard and Aaron will fall in with the local customs and characters – an all American road trip with full throttle attitude. Ultimately, Richard and Aaron will do whatever it takes to finish their cars and make the auction.
Richard Rawlings and co-pilot Dennis Collins allegedly broke the 1979 Cannonball Runtime from New York City to Los Angeles of 32 hours and 51 minutes in May 2007. They made a bet with their rival Jay Riecke that they could beat the time in their 2007 Bullrun entry, a black Ferrari 550. They defeated the 1975 mark by Rick Cline and Jack May becoming the only pair to do so.
Richard Rawlings started Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill in Northwest Dallas in September 2013. He also opened a second location Dallas Fort Worth International Airport in March 2014. He has also expressed his desire to open in a third location outside of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. He also opened Gas Monkey Live, a venue dedicated predominantly to live music in October 2014.
Apart from his success in automobiles and restaurant, he also published his first autobiography entitled Fast N’ Loud: Blood, Sweat and Beers, on May 12, 2015.
Aaron Kaufman is an American television personality. He is also the owner of Arclight Fabrication, a Dallas based enterprise which supplies aftermarket components for the Ford F-100 pickups. Aaron was the lead mechanic of Gas Monkey Garage. Now he has started his own television show Shifting Gears with Aaron Kaufman. Having premiered on 05 March 2018, the show talks about his business venture.
But sadly, Aaron said goodbye to Richard and started his own show. It was obviously a shock to fans of Discovery’s car-restoration series. After all, the Dallas-based reality TV show has been a huge success since its debut in 2012 and helped turn their Gas Monkey Garage into an internationally known brand and business empire.
Richard Rawlings married not just once or twice but for three times. Although he is now 49 years old, he still looks handsome and dashing, so no doubt Richard still has his shot. Let’s hope he won’t get married to anyone any further. Let’s know in detail about Richard Rawling wives:
Richard Rawlings and Karen K. Games
Richard and Karen got married on November 18, 1993, in Texas. But this couple’s marriage couldn’t last for long and they got divorced in less than a year on August 17, 1994. Richard was just 24 at that time so he doesn’t like to take about this then relationships. As of now, it is said that Karen K. (Grames) has been living in Dallas County, Texas..
Richard Rawlings and Suzanne Mergele
After six years of divorce with his first wife, Rawlings fell in love with his long-time sweetheart, Suzanne Marie Mergele. Suzanne remained as his girlfriend for a long time before they tied a knot with each other. And they got married on August 7, 1999, in Las Vegas.
During that time, Richard started a printing and advertisement company named Lincoln Press but he sold that business and started Gas Monkey Garage in 2002. Due to all the change in business, he was more focused in professional life than personal, which led to his second divorce in 2009.
Richard Rawlings remarriage with ex-wife
Although Richard got separated with Suzanne, he couldn’t find his peace with anyone. The couple was seen at a charity event at The Back 9 Sports Bar near Dallas and in 2014 at Cattle Baron’s Ball, Dallas, Texas back in 2013. And they got remarried in 2015 sorting out their past problems. Before they got remarried in 2015, they went on a trip to Cabo to surprise their mutual friend, Dennis Collins, on his birthday.
Richard Rawlings net worth is $15 million. He is paid $50,000 for every episode of the reality TV series. Apart from his fortune. He also owns a mansion, on which he spent a cool $1.7 million, which he bought in 2015. This mansion is of 4000 sq foot and is situated in Dallas. It has four bedrooms, a bathroom, a bar and a pond. The home is only four miles from the Gas Monkey Garage.
Richard purchased his first car when he was only 14, so it is easily known that Richard is very fond of cars. His car collection as far back as the 50s includes Porsche Ferraris, Lamborghini Countach, and Ford Mustang. Richard’s dream car is 1932 Ford Roadster a.k.a the Holy Grail of Hot Rods.