- 1 Who is Suzanne Rawlings?
- 2 Early Life and Education: Growing Up in The United States
- 3 Career Beginnings: Meeting Richard and Setting Up Gas Monkey
- 4 Continued Success: Building the Gas Monkey Brand
- 5 Problems Along The Road: Divorce
- 6 Stardom: Fast N’ Loud
- 7 Expanding Gas Monkey Like Never Before
- 8 Personal Life: Who is The Ex-Husband of Suzanne Rawlings? When Did They Get Divorced?
- 9 What Is Suzanne Rawlings’ Net Worth?
Who is Suzanne Rawlings?
Suzanne Marie Mergele was born in 1975 on an unspecified date in the United States, and is an entrepreneur, reality TV star and actress. She is best known for her recurring role on the famous Discovery Network series entitled “Fast N’ Loud”, known as one of the best automotive shows of this century. Alongside her husband, the famed Richard Rawlings, Suzanne has managed to reach international fame. However, this road to success wasn’t without obstacles, as the Rawling family encountered significant setbacks in their personal lives.
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Early Life and Education: Growing Up in The United States
No credible sources are able to provide any information about Suzanne’s family background and early life. Even though she is a famous reality TV star, she prefers to keep her private life out of the public eye. This anti-publicity strategy enabled her to play her role in “Fast N’ Loud” almost perfectly. She quickly became a fan favorite because of her uncanny humor and the support she provided to her husband, Richard. It is also unclear if her knowledge of the automotive industry is due to formal education, or if she is a self-taught car aficionado. Nevertheless, Suzanne was instrumental in making “Fast N’ Loud” such a popular series.
Career Beginnings: Meeting Richard and Setting Up Gas Monkey
According to both Suzanne and Richard, they met through a mutual friend in the early 1990s, most likely in 1994 after Richard divorced his first wife, Karen K. Grames. As time went on, they grew closer and ultimately the couple decided to crown their relationship with a marriage ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1999. It is unclear whether this was a formal event or if they just eloped and married on their own. Around this time, both Suzanne and Richard were thinking about starting a business, and using Richard’s automotive knowledge and Suzanne’s entrepreneurial spirit, they founded the Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas, Texas, where it still stands today. The start was particularly difficult, as they didn’t find it easy to attract new customers to their auto customization shop, but things changed quickly.
Continued Success: Building the Gas Monkey Brand
Although Suzanne was never credited with any ideas publicly, Richard never hesitated to praise her efforts and creativity when it came to developing their brand. Around 2007, the couple decided to invite Aaron Kaufmann to the team – a self-taught petrol junkie, Aaron was their eyes and ears when it came to finding new cars and new customers. With his help and the stability Suzanne provided, Gas Monkey Garage grew into something much more than a local chop shop. Instead, they became a global brand, which attracted clients from all over the country and from overseas. While they didn’t discriminate against cars, from 2008 and onwards, they focused solely on classic cars. However, this surge in popularity had some negative consequences.
Problems Along The Road: Divorce
Even though Richard and Suzanne had been together for over 15 years, including their time before marrying, things were not going well. It was difficult for both of them to maintain a healthy relationship with their business growing, and a lack of time spent together resulted in them quarreling more, which slowly caused their once-wonderful marriage to deteriorate. Eventually they decided to end their marriage in 2009, shortly after their 10-year anniversary, a mutual decision to prevent any bad blood from appearing between them. They were more than husband and wife – they were best friends and this was for the best.
Stardom: Fast N’ Loud
Suzanne and Richard simply couldn’t interact with each other, and every minute spent together became painful for the both of them. Upon getting a divorce in 2009, Richard took the entire business upon himself. The burden on his shoulders was heavy, but he had Aaron and Christie to help him out. Eventually, their biggest break happened when in 2011 the Discovery Channel took notice of Gas Monkey Garage, and offered them a deal for their own show. Richard wholeheartedly accepted, knowing this was the big break he needed. The show exploded, but so did his responsibilities. From 2009 to 2015, he hadn’t been dating anyone, so he somehow got into contact with Suzanne, they got together again, and remarried in Cabo, Mexico, after six long years of being apart.
Expanding Gas Monkey Like Never Before
Once Suzanne returned to the fold, the Rawlings clan was in full force. Again, Suzanne took it upon herself to manage the business and make sure everything is going fine, while Richard and Aaron were out car hunting in the desolate areas of South Texas. Instead of just strengthening the brand, Suzanne had other ideas. Together with Richard, to Gas Monkey Garage they added Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill, as well as an adjacent concert venue – Gas Monkey Live. With such clever money, the Rawlings family managed to expand their brand and earn more money from their already notable international fame. Suzanne was the person behind all of this, as she applied all of her knowledge to make sure every venture was running smoothly.
It may be his week off, but Mike Coy stepped up in a big way to help a friend in need with their Porsche! Who's loving that blue? pic.twitter.com/WyFUVSFTcB
— Gas Monkey Garage (@GasMonkeyGarage) May 30, 2019
Most Notable Achievement: Opening New Franchises Around The Country
Opening Gas Monkey Live and Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill was just the beginning of the Rawlings’ master plan. Soon the new business started being successful, so they made plans for further expansion. Suzanne was instrumental in keeping “Fast N’ Loud” going, as well as opening new Gas Monkey branches in exclusive locations around the country. Nowadays, you can visit Gas Monkey in Harker Heights, Texas or in Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut. If you’re near Florida you can have a burger and a beer at the Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill in Key West, too. In 2019, Gas Monkey expanded into yet another industry – energy drinks. The new Gas Monkey Energy edition was released recently country-wide, with much success. 2019 also brought another unpleasant change for the “Fast N’ Loud” family.
Personal Life: Who is The Ex-Husband of Suzanne Rawlings? When Did They Get Divorced?
Suzanne’s ex-husband is the self-proclaimed petrol-sexual, Richard Rawlings. They met in 1994 and got married in 1999. Things were going smoothly for them, until distance and too much work caused them to divorce in 2009. For six years, they barely communicated, but somehow they managed to avoid dating anyone else. After Richard and Suzanne started talking again in 2015, they decided to give it another go. ‘We got divorced while all the stuff was happening and it was hard for her to put up with it. So it was rough on her for awhile. I’m traveling, I’m gone, and, of course, there are lots of girls out there’, said Richard after they got together. However, on 11 March 2019, Richard saddened fans around the world with an announcement that he and Suzanne were divorcing again. As of May 2019, there is no information about the current status of the divorce proceedings.
What Is Suzanne Rawlings’ Net Worth?
According to several credible sources, Suzanne Rawlings has an approximate net worth of $1 million, as of mid-2019, accumulated with the help of investments in the Gas Monkey brand as well as proceeds from each of the 12 seasons of “Fast N’ Loud”. Given the fact that Richard, her (ex-?) husband, has a net worth of over $15 million, it’s likely that the divorce proceedings will further increase Suzanne’s net worth.