Who is Courtney Hansen?
Courtney Hansen was born on 2 October 1974, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. She is a television host, author, columnist, and former fashion model, best known from being the host of several popular shows, including “Destination Wild”, “Million Dollar Motors”, and “Powerblock”. She also writes the automobile themed column – “Courtney Hansen: Full Throttle”.
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The Net Worth of Courtney Hansen
How rich is Courtney Hansen? As of mid-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is over $4 million, earned through success in her various endeavors. Her popularity skyrocketed during the early-2000s, and her wealth’s rise has been on the same track ever since.
Early Life and Education
Courtney grew up in Minneapolis and is the daughter of Gerald John “Jerry” Hansen, a retired race car driver, best known for winning 27 Sports Car Club of America national racing championships. For most of her youth up to her early adulthood, the family owned the Brainerd International Raceway; she spent a lot of time around the pits and garages due to her father’s work. Eventually, this grew her passion in the automobile industry, with her work later reflecting that interest.
After matriculating from high school, she enrolled at Florida State University to complete a degree in marketing. The school was founded in 1851 and is the oldest continuous site of higher education in the entire state. The school offers over 360 programs and is the home of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. They also operate the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, and in 2019 was ranked by US News & World Report as the 26th best public university in the US.
Career Beginnings and Transition to Automobile Related Work
After completing her degree, Hansen first took up a job in marketing in the corporate world. Dissatisfied with this career path, she looked for other work, and landed a hosting part in the pilot for the show “Killer Golf”, which would lead her to host several segments on the Travel Channel. She then quickly gained attention thanks partly to her attractive looks and figure, leading to a lot of modelling work. She started appearing in several popular magazines, including “Hot Rod Magazine” and “Muscle & Fitness”.
She landed her first major television project when she became the co-host of the car makeover series called “Overhaulin’” – the reality show originally ran from 2004 to 2008 on TLC though she only stayed for a year with the company. She then moved to Spike TV to host the show “Powerblock”, which would later become “PowerNation”. The show is aimed at automotive enthusiasts, with the goal of helping them learn more about their hobby or passion. Some of the shows included within “PowerNation” are Engine Power, Xtreme Off Road (XOR), and Detroit Muscle.
Latter Career and Recent Endeavors
Courtney worked with Spike TV for the next eight seasons, becoming the host of a special called “Great Builds”. She then transitioned to another interest of hers, becoming the host for the travel adventure series called “Destination Wild”, which aired on Fox Sports Net, which proved successful, winning a Telly Award. She then returned to TLC to continue hosting automotive themed shows, such as “Rides” and “Million Dollar Motors”. Her work with the industry has led her to modelling projects and commercials related to popular car brands, including as a spokesmodel for Rolls-Royce and Dodge.
Aside from these television projects, she wrote a column for the magazine “FHM”, and later started her national syndicated newspaper column called “Courtney Hansen: Full Throttle”
which has been running since 2005. She also wrote the book “The Garage Girl’s Guide To Everything You need to Know About Your Car”. She worked with the Velocity Network too, hosting “Autoweek’s Vinsetta Garage”, named after the Detroit landmark the “Autoweek Magazine” saved from demolition. She worked on PowerNation until 2015, when she left the show to pursue other endeavors. She is also the spokesperson for Endurance Warranty Services.
— Courtney Hansen (@CourtneyHansen) August 23, 2019
Personal Life and Social Media
For her personal life, it is known that Hansen married entrepreneur Jay Hartington in 2018, with their marriage being held at the Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo in Taormina, Italy. He is known for being the owner of several ventures, such as Rumbatime and Marissa Collections. The two have a daughter together though he is not her first marriage. She was previously married to a man named Ilya Sapritsky from 2010 to 2012, which ended in divorce. To date, she continues her strong passion for automobiles, and knows a lot of high profile names in the industry. She also has her own collection of automobiles, and is often seen near luxury vehicles. She also loves dressing-up, as she is very big on fashion.
Similar to numerous television personalities, she is highly active online through accounts on social media. She has an account on Instagram on which she has over 225,000 followers, using the platform to post personal photos, often showcasing her daughter and her friends from work, plus a few photos alongside her husband. She also has an account on Twitter on which she has over 25,000 followers, posting similar content there to that of Instagram. Another account she has is on Facebook, on which she has over 300,000 fans.