Corey’s Got Cash
Although it’s only natural to assume that the men on the show make good money and have since the show debuted in 2009, you might be surprised to know just how high the net worth of “Big Hoss” has climbed. As of now, Corey is worth over $5 million, thanks to his income from the show, his part ownership of the store, and other business ventures.
Dropping Some Pounds
As someone who has been overweight for much of his life, Corey Harrison didn’t really prioritize his health until he realized he was on the verge of diabetes. One of his answers to this diagnosis was to get lap band surgery and drop some pounds. “Back then, the surgery was too expensive for my bank account, so I had to pay with four credit cards, but it was something I had to do – I was not going to get diabetes!” Harrison said.
A Shadow Of His Former Self
“Big Hoss” wasn’t quite as big after the lap band surgery, but that wasn’t a bad thing. He weighed about 400 pounds before the surgery and lost over 190 in the years afterward. He started to work out often and eat less while prioritizing healthy foods over greasy or sugary items. Harrison admits that he can’t fit much food in his stomach now and he doesn’t want to “fill it up with crap.”
No Autographs Here
Now that they have fame and fortune, you aren’t likely to find the cast of Pawn Stars behind the counter of their shop. They have employees to do that now, so those who go in to get autographs or pictures are likely to be disappointed. Corey only goes to the shop when episodes are being filmed or administrative work needs to be done.
He’s Got Connections
Like most people, Corey Harrison looks out for his best friends. In fact, that’s pretty much the reason that his pal Chumlee was able to get a job at the store. Although viewers think that Chumlee is pretty funny, he’s not necessarily the best employee. Still, the years that they’ve been friends led to “Big Hoss” suggesting his buddy for the job years ago.
Pulled A Fast One
When you have money and notoriety, you have to be careful about who you help out or associate with. In 2014, “The Old Man” was asked to help out with a fundraiser for Vagos, a local motorcycle club. Afterward, he realized that the money was not going to be used for charity, but to handle legal fees for members of the group, which was more of a motorcycle gang than a club.
Starting Some Trouble
Another one of the trappings of fame is that people will sometimes decide to ruffle your feathers and get a reaction out of you. In 2011, Corey was drinking at a bar in California and got into an argument with another patron. Who started it? It’s unclear, but “Big Hoss” was arrested for battery and obstruction and had to spend the night in jail.
Not So Lucky In Love
Corey’s personal life has been a little tumultuous when it comes to romance. He married his college girlfriend, Charlene, but they got divorced in 2015. Shortly after, he found a new girlfriend named Roxy Gonzalez. However, this relationship also wasn’t built to stand the test of time, and the two of them went their separate ways.
Harrison’s former agent, Wayne Jeffries decided to sue “Big Hoss” and the other three stars of the show after he said the History Channel convinced the men to drop him as their agent. He said this was due to his reaction to the idea of Cajun Pawn Stars, which he was not a fan of. Rick brushed off the lawsuit, saying that when you make money, someone is “eventually going to sue you for something.”
Couple Of Litterbugs
Rick and Corey decided to go camping with friends in 2012, but things took a rather unpleasant turn when the group left the campsite a mess, with garbage strewn all over. The men each got a $1,000 fine. However, “Big Hoss” did not take responsibility, blaming the guys he and his father were with. He said that they were supposed to clean up the campsite and failed to do so.
Doesn’t Mind Being Blunt
Corey Harrison does not have a problem having uncomfortable conversations with employees. In fact, when it’s time to fire someone, he’ll just look at them and say, “You’re fired.” According to “Big Hoss,” there’s no reason to prolong the experience. “I can do with mistakes, but I can’t deal with stupidity,” he said.
A Little Helper
When people know who you are, even the simplest tasks, like going out to get coffee or buy groceries, can be quite difficult. In order to avoid dealing with the public when he’s got other things to do, “Big Hoss” has hired a personal assistant to handle such tasks. He has also asked his assistant to clean his trailer’s septic tank, though.
Corey’s father, Rick, married for the third time in 2013. Although the bride, Deanna, looked quite happy and beautiful on their big day, she’s had some trouble with husbands in the past. Her ex-husband was even arrested for sexual assault and distributing materials harmful to a minor in 2009. That’s not saying much for her dating choices.
Say Hi To The Bad Guy
Corey Harrison feels that he is often depicted as the “bad guy” on Pawn Stars, but he said that he is okay with that. “There has to be the bad guy, the villain, the kind of mean one,” Corey said in an interview. “For a lovable guy, you have my dad. For the super smart guy, everybody loves the old man.
How Real Is It?
The main question viewers ask with many reality shows is, “How real is the show?” With Pawn Stars, the first thing to know is that the show is filmed in the store while it’s shut down, and the customers in the background are fans that have been cast as extras. However, the items and negotiations are real, according to the stars and producers.
Making A Mistake
One challenge about the pawn business is that you can’t be an expert on everything, and occasionally you’ll overpay for an item. Even with the notoriety of the show, people still come around to see if they can work over the Pawn Stars. “As many big scores as I’ve gotten, I’ve been burned a lot, too,” Corey said.
Out Of The Limelight
“Big Hoss” has been very open about the challenges that he has faced since starting the show in 2009. The biggest detriment has been the lack of privacy, he said. “You do crave normalcy. Sittin’ on the couch watchin’ the game and getting excused from an appearance are things I look forward to,” Corey said. “Just bein’ me, the same old Corey as always.”
Motorcycles can be quite dangerous, so riders have to be particularly aware whenever they decide to ride one. In 2014, Corey was on the way to his birthday party when he realized that his bottom fender mount had completely broken off. He started to lose control and if he had stayed on his bike, would have gone toward oncoming traffic. Instead, he jumped off and broke his arm.
When you’ve seen a lot of a show, it’s easy to think that you know the stars quite well. However, Corey Harrison can be quite unpredictable. For instance, he invested in a beauty bar on Fremont Street with friend Darin Feinstein in 2014. While the bar hosts bands at night, during the day, it specializes in salon services and cocktails.
Like many people who have a family business to one day inherit, Corey spent a lot of his childhood working at his grandfather’s store. In fact, he started working at the shop at nine years old! He used to polish jewelry at the store, which may not have been the highest position on the totem pole, but did allow him to build up experience in the business.
The Secret Of The Show’s Longevity
When a reality TV show stays as popular as Pawn Stars has for nearly a decade, you have to wonder what the secret is. Corey explained the show’s success like this: “The reason the show has been so successful, everybody has that one thing that might be worth the money. It could be something they bought in a garage sale, or grandma left them with. Parents also like the show because we train the kids into learning history.”
Selling Some Real Estate
Although pawn shops genuinely deal in smaller-sized goods, Corey has dabbled in buying and selling larger items, too. for instance, Corey was able to put his house on the market in 2016 for over $2 million despite having bought it for just $1 million. He updated the kitchen, master bathroom, and added a swimming pool and full-size bar to increase the home’s value.
Tying The Knot
After he got divorced in 2015, Corey likely wasn’t sure about jumping into another relationship. However, Kiki Nejo was able to change his mind and the two started dating. They quickly got serious and ended up marrying in 2017. Although he usually keeps his personal life private, he has shared a lot of content regarding Kiki on social media. Hmmm, wonder why?
Take The Good With The Bad
Corey Harrison doesn’t always like living in the limelight, but he knows that fame has its advantages. For instance, he can take advantage of his notoriety to raise awareness for his favorite charities. He also likes to give his friends a helping hand whenever he can. Harrison is often seen giving back to Las Vegas charities.
The Show Has Famous Fans
Among the many fans of Pawn Stars are a fair number of celebrities, apparently. In fact, Corey has told reporters in the past that celebrities regularly come to the shop to check it out and a few have even asked him for his autograph! The visits are frequent enough that the company has had to tell its employees to leave celebrities alone when they stop by.
A Strange Handshake
One very interesting fact about “Big Hoss” is that when he was highly overweight, he developed different ways of doing many things, including shaking people’s hands. He did so with his elbow up high in order to avoid his belly. Now that the belly isn’t there, he still shakes hands that way, which people have noticed from time to time.
Breaking The Law
Corey has had more than one encounter with the law while intoxicated. For instance, he stopped at a Missouri bar during a motorcycle ride in 2014. Unfortunately, while he was there he had several drinks too many and peed his pants while sitting at the bar. Then, he threw a bar stool across the room in a drunken tantrum when he was kicked out.
The Big Bang
Anyone who watches Pawn Stars knows that sometimes, “Big Hoss” likes to really go all out for special occasions. One July 4th, Corey and Chumlee spent over $10,000 just on fireworks. They decided they were going to take the haul, along with the shop’s bowling ball mortar cannon, out to the desert to have some fun.
As popular as the show is, nobody believes that Pawn Stars will be on the air forever. As a result, it’s important to the men to benefit as much from their fame as they can, while they can. As such, they have sold branded merchandise, including $20 bobbleheads that are sold at the store itself and on their website. Cha-ching!
Always In Trouble
If it seems like the Pawn Stars boys are always in trouble, there’s a little bit of truth to that. After all, in addition to Corey’s legal issues, Chumlee has also been in trouble with the police. He was arrested in 2016 after his home was searched by police, who found a number of guns and drugs inside the house.
Corey’s Favorite Visitor
One of the things that fans of Pawn Stars notice right away is that the same visitors regularly come to the shop to lend their expertise. Corey said that he really enjoys having Jesse come in the shop and help out, but when it comes to knowledge, there’s simply no topping “the Beard of Knowledge.”
Kids can often have a problem when it comes to earning their parents’ trust, especially within the context of a family business. Although Corey has been learning since elementary school, he gets frustrated from time to time that they don’t always respect his way of doing things. “I learn a lot from my dad and my grandpa, but I do things in a completely different way,” Corey said.
They’ve Got A Pepper Bar
Did you know that Rick and Corey once owned a Quizno’s location? They joined the franchise years ago, with Corey running the shop while both invested in it. Chumlee even showed up to help out. However, once their other opportunities started taking off, the men had to part with their Quizno’s store in order to focus on other things.
On reality shows like Duck Dynasty, there are family members who never appear on camera by choice. The same is true of Pawn Stars, as Corey’s brother Adam has never been on the show, despite formerly working at the shop. He decided to go into plumbing instead of the family business. Corey once said that there’s probably “some type of jealousy” between them as a result of Pawn Star‘s success.
Known All Over The World
Everyone knows that Pawn Stars is a big hit throughout the U.S., but what about in the rest of the world? Well, Corey and the rest have been surprised by the fact that the show is also beloved in nations including Argentina, Buenos Aires, and Singapore. Recently, Corey even visited fans in the Philippines!
From Fighting To Friends
Corey and Chumlee had a fistfight before they became friends. Corey said that Chumlee thought he had been bullying his sister and pushed him down a hill on rollerblades. Chumlee said he just did it as a prank. Either way, Corey saw Chumlee the next day and the fight was on, with Corey apparently getting the best of things.
Amigos Til The End
Despite the rocky beginning of their relationship, Corey and Chumlee still managed to become friends. They had a mutual friend and ended up hanging out as a result. Things were frosty at first, but they started to realize that they had many common interests. Eventually, their friendship really started to blossom.
Trying Different Jobs
It’s normal for kids who grow up with a family business to want to try different things instead of just joining their parents’ companies. Corey tried some different occupations, including being an electrician, construction worker, and a sawmill worker. However, he said the pawn shop always felt like the right place to be.
One Ring To Rule Them All
When you’ve been working in the pawn business as long as Corey has, it’s difficult to make a big impression with an item. However, Corey said he will never forget when former New England Patriot Brock Williams came in to pawn his Super Bowl Ring. He only wanted $2,500, even though Corey was willing to pay more. Although Corey thought he’d come back to buy back the ring, he never did.
High School Dropout
A lot of high school dropouts have trouble finding career success, but Corey’s father Rick was not one of those people. Corey kind of followed his father’s footsteps, dropping out of school to sell counterfeit Gucci bags for up to $2,000 per day. Now, both men are successful and Rick buys textbooks from college bookstores to read for fun on occasion.
Slowing Down Sales
Although the men are happy to have the show Pawn Stars, the show has impacted business negatively in a couple of ways. First, the store must be closed regularly for filming, which hurts business. Also, a lot of people visit not to buy anything, but just to sight-see since they are fans of the show.
Live On Stage
In 2014, a stage show was created based upon the daily lives of the stars of Pawn Stars. The show took place in Las Vegas and included characters based on Corey, Chumlee, Rick, and the Old Man himself. The Harrisons helped fund the show, but it wasn’t quite a hit with crowds and closed not long after it first opened.
In addition to Chumlee, “Big Hoss” has also gotten other friends hired at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. One of those friends is Travis Benton, who has been friends with Corey since they were both only 11. He first began working at the store in 2005 and took on a leadership role later. He now serves as the store’s general manager.
One of the reasons that Pawn Stars is so popular is that people tend to bring a lot of strange items into the shop. The one that Corey and his father thought was weirdest was when a man brought in seven human skulls inside of a duffel bag. The man had bought them from a dental school where they used to use real skulls for training. Rick passed on the purchase.
Always About Business
Although Corey and his father, Rick, have a great working relationship, there are still times where it’s not so advantageous to have your father as your boss. In particular, Corey said that when he makes a mistake, he’s likely to get bothered with a phone call about it whereas other employees get to leave the burdens of work when they go home for the day.
Victimized By Thieves
Corey’s home was burglarized in 2017 when his sister Jen was there with her two children. Jen heard a strange noise, went downstairs and found men with guns stealing items. She quickly ran upstairs and called police, and the burglars took off. Fortunately, no one was harmed and the burglars didn’t have enough time to take many items.
Olivia Black was not only a fan favorite on Pawn Stars, but also one of Corey’s favorite co-workers, so it was a surprise when she stopped appearing on the show. According to rumors, her choice to do risque modeling shoots in the past cost her the spot on the show. Rick said she was cut from the show, but can still work at the store if she wants.
Earning A Mint
As mentioned earlier, the Pawn Stars men understand that fans love collecting souvenirs of the four of them. As a result, they turned 200 pounds of silver purchased for $111,000 into custom-minuted coins featuring the Old Man himself. The coins are sold for $70 each to the big fans of the show that come in to visit.
It’s All In The Details
It’s important for a pawn broker to be able to spot counterfeit merchandise. Corey is good at doing this because he pays attention to details. “You look for the way something is built,” he said. “You see a Prada bag, and you look at the stitching at the back. If it’s a fake one, then they make it really cheap.”
Too Good To Be True
Sometimes, fakes actually look too good to be true. This is particularly a giveaway when it comes to diamonds. Corey is able to spot fake diamonds because fakes often lack the imperfections that real diamonds have. “There are very few perfect diamonds out there,” Corey pointed out. Corey uses a loupe magnifying tool to get a closer look at each diamond that comes into the store.
His Mind Was Set
Although Corey’s father and grandfather wanted to see him do something else with his life, there was never any doubt in Corey’s mind that he would join the family business, he said. “From the time I was a kid, I knew what I was going to do,” said Big Hoss. “What’s even funnier is that my dad and my grandfather didn’t want me to work at the pawn shop, but I was dead set on it.”