Eric Villency Wiki
Eric Villency was born on 10th June 1975, in New York City, USA. His astrological sign is Gemini, and it appears that Eric was born under a lucky star since he is an heir to a multi-million dollar company, as Maurice Villency, his grandfather, was the one who launched a small furniture company all the way back in 1932. Over the years, the company kept growing and developing, and Eric was the one who inherited all of that. His mother’s name is Rowann, and she was a media artist. Eric’s father, Robert, was also included in the family business, and he was once chairman of the enterprise as well.
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Education and the start of Eric’s career
Even though he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, Eric had to work for his money and that could be the reason why he is constantly on the lookout for new challenges. After he graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1996, Eric started work as a male model, and during his time in the fashion industry he learned a lot, and all of that knowledge and experience has helped him later in his career as an entrepreneur. For example, in 2007 Eric launched his brand, i.e. a line of denim clothing which was called “The Restoration of the Monarchy”. Around that time, he received his nickname – “The Wizard of Wellness”, and in the years to come, he seemed to be acting in accordance with such a title.
The major breakthrough in Eric’s career came in 1998 when he was named the CEO of Villency Design Group, his grandfather’s company. Nowadays, this brand produces innovative design solutions in various niches, and as the CEO, Eric shares most of the ‘blame’ for the success of the company. His favorite business strategy seems to be diversification, as in 2002 he opened the Maurice Villency store in the midtown Manhattan, however, this flagship store is just one of many achievements in Eric’s business career.
Awards and accolades
In 2006, Eric founded the Villency Atelier, a project designed to represent a workshop for professionals in the field of design. Similarly, his creativity was once again in full effect two years later in 2008, when he founded Villency Pure Design – a line of ecologically friendly furniture.
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Needless to say, all of Eric’s efforts could not go unnoticed, and he received numerous awards for his hard work. For instance, in 2001 he was awarded the FIT All-Star Salute award, which is given to leaders in the world of design. In 2007, Eric received the IFDA Design Industry award. Evidently,his creativity and vision were at the peak of their powers in the early 2000s.
Marriage with Kimberly Guilfoyle
Besides his modeling career and his business endeavors, Eric is known for his marriage with Kimberly Guilfoyle, a famous news anchor and personality. Kimberly is also a former attorney, and she usually discusses legal matters on Fox News. Before marrying Eric, Kimberly was married to the mayor of San Francisco, but their marriage ended in divorce.
Eric seized his opportunity, and married Kimberly in Barbados on 27th May 2006. In October of the same year, their son Rowan Anthony was born, however, it seems that marital bliss lasted only three years, since the couple divorced in 2009; they share custody of their son.
Is Eric married today?
After the divorce from Kimberly, Eric didn’t waste time, and got back into the dating scene pretty quickly. In 2010, on a blind date organized by a mutual friend, he met Caroline Fare, a Swedish designer. Apparently Eric and Caroline “clicked” instantly, and the couple was married in December 2013. As a matter of fact, Eric’s son, Rowan Anthony was his best man at the ceremony, and a photo from the wedding was made public soon afterwards.
What is Eric’s current net worth?
Estimating the net worth of someone so diverse and multifunctional is almost an impossible task, and we are not sure if even Eric himself could say how much money he has at the moment. However, the authoritative sources estimate his fortune at well over $100 million. Aside from his ‘daily job’ at Villency Design, he is a recurring guest on several high-profile TV shows, such as “The Today Show”. Also, he has made appearances on “Good Morning America”, “The Tyra Banks Show”, etc. Additionally, he frequently gives lectures on design trends in universities, and he contributes to various magazines, including The Huffington Post, Men’s Health, Best Life, and so on.
Social media presence
Despite the stereotype that successful businessmen do not have time for social networks, Eric is an example of how entrepreneurs can use modern means of communication to their advantage. His Twitter account is followed by around 1,200 people, and he also has around 2,200 followers on Instagram.