Who is Corey Harrison?
Born on April 27, 1983 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, Richard Corey Harrison is both a reality TV personality and a businessman, best known as a regular cast member of the hit TV reality show “Pawn Stars”, which aired on the History channel. He is the son of businessman Rick Harrison, who also appears on the show.
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The Riches of Corey Harrison
As of early 2020, Corey Harrison’s net worth is estimated to be over $2.6 million, earned through a successful career in business, plus his television efforts have brought much business to their Las Vegas pawn shop.
The popularity that the show gave them also opened up more opportunities for them in acting and other business projects.
Early life and the start of a business
Growing up in Las Vegas, Corey got used to business from an early age thanks to his father and grandfather. His family owns the world famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, which would later become world famous thanks to “Pawn Stars”. He grew up alongside two brothers and was nicknamed Big Hoss because of his large size.
He started working for the family business at a young age, initially taking on mostly subordinate tasks, such as cleaning various items.
After completing his education, he became a more active member of the company as he expressed his interest in it when his father decided to train him to take over the shop one day. He rose through the ranks and eventually became the manager of the pawn shop. He has 30 employees who work for him as he oversees the day to day operation. While the show would feature more of his father and other employees, he is credited with handling most of the in-store purchases.
“Pawn Stars” aired in 2009 and featured the 24-hour family business that has been in operation since 1989.
The show features the Harrison family along with some of its associates, most notably Corey’s childhood friend Chumlee. The show was a success for history and became the highest rated show. Many people became interested in the history and the various items that passed through their pawnshops. In each episode, someone presented a particular artifact to pledge or sell to the store. The staff interacts with this customer, sharing a bit about its history and sometimes consulting an expert regarding the item’s value.
In addition to the regular day-to-day activities, the store also addresses some of their conflicts, either with the business community or with their work relationships.
The show has been airing for 17 seasons and there’s no sign of stopping anytime soon. The series featured pundits who went on to create spin-off shows, most notably Rick Dale who would lead “American Restoration.” They also had Danny Koker who would later make “Counting Cars”, both shows also on History.
The success and controversies of Pawn Stars
“Pawn Stars” was very successful, to the point that the type of programming became a trending format on many television networks. Numerous international versions of the show were made, while similar shows were also seen as an attempt by other networks to get some of the “Pawn Stars” viewership.
Rick Harrison, in particular, became a star in his own right, appearing frequently in other shows, with him and his son Corey making a guest appearance on “iCarly” once. In 2011, the show teamed up with the Redwood Hills Financial Group to create a limited-edition MasterCard debit card.
However, it hasn’t all been a hit for these businessmen and the show. The show was sued by promoter Wayne Jefferies, who was responsible for helping launch the show, arguing that he was cut without getting a share of the royalties the producers had promised him. Chumlee has also been arrested and pleaded guilty to possession of drugs and having firearms in his home.
Many people dislike how the Harrisons conduct their business, and many criticize them for: bad bargaining skills. Others have also complained that they never see any of the television stars when they visit the popular Las Vegas store.
Continue running the business
Now that Corey is ready to take over from his father, it is he who goes to the store most days. In the show, he often comes into conflict with various business decisions made by his grandfather or father. Some believe that these conflicts are fabricated or scripted to give the show a little more drama.
However, he was appointed manager because of his good sales acumen, ability to source expensive items at low cost, and his knowledge of the store’s inventory.
During the seventh season of “Pawn Stars”, Corey approached his father and stated that he wanted a bigger share in the store. He threatened to leave his position and move to another company if he didn’t get a 10% partnership share. Though initially dismayed, he seemed to get better when his father gave him a 5% stake in the store, and the promise of an even bigger share if he continued to work there.
Corey married Charlene Steele, but their marriage only lasted until 2015, when the two divorced.
Two years later, he married Korina, but the two only stayed together for a year before divorcing – it is not known if he has any children from these marriages. He is known to struggle with obesity for most of his life, weighing 365 pounds (166 kg) at his heaviest. He underwent gastric banding, in which a band is placed on the upper part of the stomach to help treat obesity. The operation was successfuland he dropped to 250 pounds in a year.
In 2014, the media reported about motorcycle accident He suffered a broken arm and multiple minor injuries. He was supposed to show up at his birthday party when the accident happened.