Gary Vaynerchuk Net Worth, Bio, Quotes

Gary Vaynerchuk delivering a speech

Overview of Gary Vaynerchuk

Along with being one of the most prolific digital content creators, Gary Vaynerchuk is also a serial entrepreneur, New York Times Best-Selling Author, Chairman of VaynerX, CEO of VaynerMedia, CEO of VaynerSports, and Co-Founder of Resy and Empathy Wines

Vaynerchuk was also a judge (along with Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow and will.i.am) on Apple’s Planet of the Apps, an American reality television show broadcast on Apple Music. 

The  #AskGaryVee Show and the #DailyVee shows he regularly hosts on his YouTube channel each draw a large audience on the platform. 

Below is a typical video published on Vaynerchuk’s YouTube channel.

 

Gary Vaynerchuk Bio and Background

According to the biography section of Gary Vaynerchuk’s official website, here’s how he spent the early of his life and how he eventually kicked off his entrepreneurial journey:

“Gary and his family immigrated to the US from Belarus in 1978. He lived with 8 family members in a studio apartment in Queens, New York, before relocating to Edison, New Jersey. Gary often calls himself a “purebred entrepreneur” having successfully started a lemonade franchise at age 7, and eventually selling tens of thousands of dollars worth of baseball cards and toys throughout his high school career. At 14 he joined his family business bagging ice for $2/hr. When Gary identified “the internet” as a land-grab opportunity in the late 90’s he transitioned his father’s local liquor store (then named “Shoppers Discount Liquors”) into one of the first e-commerce platforms for alcohol in the country resulting in explosive top-line growth. Renaming the business to “Wine Library,” Gary grew his father’s company from $3-60MM in sales during his tenure at Wine Library.”

During that time frame, Vaynerchuk began one of the first long-form episodic video shows on YouTube in 2006 called WineLibraryTV. This led to him publishing one episode on the platform almost daily for 5 years and boosting the family business exponentially.

After his success with WineLibrary, in 2009 Vaynerchuk shifted his focus to VaynerMedia, a digital marketing agency that he founded with his brother AJ. The company’s LinkedIn page describes the agency as “a social-first digital shop that focuses on storytelling across platforms.”

In 2008, he gave the keynote speech titled “Gary Vaynerchuk: Building Personal Brand Within the Social Media Landscape”
at the Web 2.0 Expo in New York that went on to greatly impact his career path.

In August 2020, he posted the below-embedded video, titled “How Gary Vaynerchuk Got to Where He Is Today”, showcasing glimpses of the last 44 years of his life on his YouTube channel. 

The beginning of the video description reads as follows: “When people hear the name Gary Vaynerchuk, they tend to think “motivational speaker” or “social media influencer” when in reality that is only a small fraction of what he has been doing the past 44 years. Gary is predominantly a businessman, who has an exceptional eye for emerging trends and consumer behaviors. ”

 

Gary Vaynerchuk’s YouTube

Vaynerchuk created a YouTube channel under the name “GaryVee” on October 6, 2007, and started hosting several shows, such as #AskGaryVee.

On #AskGaryVee, he answers questions about social media, entrepreneurship, startups, and businesses based on his personal experience of building and managing successful, multimillion-dollar companies. The second show, #DailyVee is a vlog-styled show that follows his day-to-day life as a businessman and CEO. The latest addition, “Coffee and Commerce”, revolves around e-commerce tactics and market trends.

In 2014, Vaynerchuk launched The #AskGaryVee Show on YouTube, a Q&A segment in which he answers questions ranging from marketing and social media to entrepreneurship and everything in between. The YouTube playlist of the show lists 321 episodes and over 1.5 million views as of October 2020. The success of the show led him to write the book, AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness Hardcover. 

As of October 2020, GaryVee’s YouTube channel has a total of 2.86 million subscribers and over 204 million views. 

The 5 most viewed videos on Gary Vaynerchuk’s YouTube channel at the time of this writing are:

 

Gary Vaynerchuk Quotes

Gary Vaynerchuk is known for inspiring people around the world through his YouTube videos, keynote speeches, Tweets, and Facebook posts packing bite-size wisdom.

Below are five Gary Vaynerchuk inspirational quotes that seem to resonate most with people online:

  • “Life shrinks and expands on the proportion of your willingness to take risks and try new things.”
  • “You have to understand your own personal DNA. Don’t do things because I do them or Steve Jobs or Mark Cuban tried it. You need to know your personal brand and stay true to it.”
  • “The truth is that finding happiness in what you do every day is so imperative.”
  • “All your ideas may be solid or even good. But you have to actually EXECUTE on them for them to matter.”
  • “Your focus on hating yesterday is killing your opportunity to love tomorrow.”

 

Gary Vaynerchuk Books 

As of October 2020, Gary Vaynerchuk has written six books, several of which became New York Times Best Sellers.

Screenshot of Gary Vaynerchuk Books 

These include:

Gary Vaynerchuk’s bestselling books – Crushing It!, Crush It!, The Thank You Economy, and #AskGaryVee are also available in audio format, narrated by himself, on Audible here

 

Gary Vaynerchuk Net Worth 

According to investormint.com, Gary Vaynerchuk’s net worth is reported to be $160 million.

Vaynerchuk has multiple streams of income through his companies, speaking engagements, book royalties, and more. They include: VaynerXVaynerMediaVaynerSportsResy, and Empathy Wines

Below is a video in which Vaynerchuk talks about his life as a CEO running a $150 million dollar company looks like. The video features a meeting with the VaynerMedia staff and a typical day at the company in New York. 

An article published in 2019, on campaignlive.co.uk, reported the following about Vaynerchuk’s businesses:

VaynerX – still privately owned, the majority by Vaynerchuk with one minority investor – claims £151m in revenue in 2018 and is projecting a 16% increase this year: $131m of that revenue came from the VaynerMedia agency, whose biggest clients are Anheuser-Busch InBev, Chase, Kraft Heinz, Mondelez and PepsiCo.

Online Presence And Publicity

Over the years, Vaynerchuk has been the subject of a huge number of media profiles and interviews. Below are a few notable ones with interesting citations from the man himself:

In an interview for his upcoming appearance at the C2 Online – Montréal 2020 event, Vaynerchuk revealed how he prepares his talks:

“I’m a very impromptu speaker. I think I’ll probably format my talk as a type of “state of the union.” But the truth is that I could end up going anywhere. I’m often affected by the person speaking before me. I like to continue whatever energy, whatever topic they’ve brought to the table. I’ll definitely be talking about modern communication and actionables and encouraging people to see possibilities.”

When interviewed by Candice Galek for an article titled “Gary Vaynerchuk Reveals the Skill That Made Him Millions (and That Anyone Can Learn” and published on inc.com, he mentioned the following in response to what sets him apart from other influencers:

I am so business talented that being GaryVee is my side hustle,” he says. “I do not need to make money by being an influencer, whether that is selling people courses or T-shirts, or using it as a way to get speaking fees, or to get clients for VaynerMedia. I need none of it. If I were completely not an influencer, VaynerMedia would still be a $100 million company, just like Wine Library was built into a massive company by a 20-year-old with zero influence.”

Talking about the next big industry to invest in with Nick bell for marketingmag.com.au, he said:

“I’m very fascinated by TV and film. As I’ve learned more about Hollywood, my skill set of storytelling and getting people to pay attention will probably play well there. So I’d be very surprised if five years from now I don’t have an actual film, an actual TV show in the system.”

Gary Vaynerchuk at Vaynermedia

 

Online Presence

As of the year 2020, Vaynerchuk has more than 12 million combined followers across all his social media pages where he produces content regularly.

Here is a list of social media accounts where Gary Vaynerchuk can be found online:

 

Vaynerchuk teaches a class, called “Context is Key: Social Media Strategy in a Noisy Online World”, on skillshare.com, which currently has 44,326 students enrolled.

He also hosts a podcast called “The GaryVee Audio Experience”, with daily new episodes on Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Apple Podcasts

 

Conclusion

That is a brief synopsis of the expansive world of Gary Vaynerchuk. To learn more about him, feel free to visit his website or to check out his writing on digital marketing, entrepreneurship, and more on the Medium platform here, on inc.com here, or on his blog here.

 

 

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