Ryan Friedlinghaus is an American business magnate, who has a net worth of million dollars in 2017-2018. He is best known as the CEO and co-founder of West Coast Customs, with is an automobile company known for designing custom cars, offering trade school courses, and selling branded franchising. He is also popular as ‘Shady in the shop’.
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Biography & Wiki
Ryan Friedlinghaus was born in 1970 on 1st January in the United States of America. He was brought up and schooled in America. Ryan Friedlinghaus is a family man, who is very close to his family.
He is married to Meagan Friedlinghaus. The couple also has a son named Lil Ryan. He is not active on any social media accounts apart from his Twitter but has an account for the company.
He handles his Twitter on his own and can be seen replying to his followers. You can follow his @SelfMadeRyan at Twitter.
Ryan Friedlinghaus co-founded West Coast Customs, in 1994 with Quinton Dodson. The company focuses on customization of vehicles. It is one of the most popular automobile repair shops.
Ryan’s company has created vehicles for some of the most popular brands like Nintendo, Microsoft, and Virgin.
West Coast Customs is considered one of the biggest custom car shops in America.
West Coast Customs has over 40 employees, are known for offering services like branded merchandising, customizing cars, offering trade school course and other franchising products.
Despite being at the top of the game, Ryan has been criticized for using aggressive promotion and sales tactics, producing poor quality vehicles and for making unsafe customized products and also for missing deadlines. The company received a lot backlash when a few ex-employees dragged it, for its employment practices.
It also has a show called ‘Street Customs’ on Discovery channel, which showcases the whole process of restoring the vehicle as well it auction and selling.
The company also offers its franchising services in countries like Berlin, Malaysia, Japan, Mexico, United Arab Emirates (Dubai), and China (Shanghai).
Ryan Friedlinghaus’s company’s television debuts helped it in attaining worldwide popularity. This inspired him to expand his business and open franchises in across the globe.
Currently, Ryan Friedlinghaus is planning on opening franchises in Canada and Australia.
Awards & Achievements
He hasn’t received any awards for his contribution to the automobile industry, but he has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world, which showcases the popularity and goodwill of his company.
West Coast Customs has also appeared in several television shows like ‘MTV Pimp My Ride’ and ‘Street Customs’ both of which helped in popularizing his business.
Net Worth of Ryan Friedlinghaus
Ryan Friedlinghaus has a net worth of million USD. He makes most of his income through his company called ‘West Coast Customs’. In 2008, it was estimated that his company made revenue of $10 million which has double tripled in the last few years.
Ryan’s wealth now: $20 million
Ryan Friedlinghaus can be considered as the smartest automobile business of this century, so much so that he is criticized for conducting aggressive sales and promotion tactics. Ryan started his business on his own, taking a loan from his father with only $5000. He turned his small startup automobile company into popular LA brand. He is an inspiration for young America, who dreams to start their business. He is also planning to expand his business in Canada and Australia.