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Nik Richie is a renowned blogger, content creator, author, and Internet personality from the United States. Nik Richie is widely recognized as the founder of the controversial gossip website TheDirty.com.

Early Life

Nik Richie was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, the United States, on February 12, 1979. His full name is Hooman Abedi Karamian and holds American nationality. According to the astrological chart, he has a birth sign of Aquarius and is currently 45 years old. He belongs to the White-American ethnicity and has his belief in Christianity religion.

Meanwhile, he has not shared anything regarding his family background such as his parents, siblings, and his early childhood life, Further, he seems to be a private person and doesn’t like to talk much about his family history in front of the media or the general public.

Nik Richie – Education

Talking about his academics, he attended Mission Viejo High School. Later, he went to Saddleback College and completed his graduation. Later, he graduated from Harvard University in Liberal Arts and Science.

Professional Career

Nik Richie established The Dirty in 2007 as thedirtyscottsdale.com. The site first centred on the local Scottsdale club scene and wannabes, but it quickly extended to include regional and national stories and gossip. In September 2007, Richie accepted a $650,000 investment from a local entrepreneur called James Grdina.

He owned 41% and Grdina owned 59% of the company, which was renamed “Dirty World LLC.” Within a few years, a separate Grdina company named iNetwork began paying Richie $74,500 per year to manage the site. He tried to hide his identity for several years, but a 2008 DUI in Scottsdale helped disclose his identity to the world.

Media Appearances

In addition, he was interviewed by talk show host Anderson Cooper in an episode in November 2011 and also appeared in an episode of Dr. Phil hosted by Phil McGraw.

In June 2011, the ABC News program 20/20 included a report on Richie’s legal struggle with Sarah Jones. Richie and his then-wife Shayne Lamas starred in Season 2 of VH1’s reality show Couples Therapy, with numerous other couples.

In the season’s last episode, Richie and Lamas renewed their marital vows in a live broadcast. Richie and Lamas appeared together in a Couples Therapy reunion episode that aired in 2014. Richie’s memoir, “Sex, Lies, and the Dirty,” was released in May 2013.

Lawsuit

James’ brother, Jay Grdina, was married to Jenna Jameson from 2003 until 2006. Jay and Jenna co-founded ClubJenna, an adult website that was purchased by Playboy for an estimated $10-15 million in 2006. In 2009, James sued Jay and Jenna, claiming he provided venture funding for them to acquire Penthouse Magazine, which did not materialize. James is also tied to the adult sector since he has been married to adult actress Bibi Jones since 2014.

The Dirty quickly became a hub of scandalous rumours and a subject of lawsuits. For example, Richie and the website were sued for a third-party-uploaded post titled “Dirty Church Girl.” A court judge finally decided in The Dirty’s favour, citing Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which shields websites from responsibility for information published by third parties.

In a well-known case, Sarah Jones v. Dirty World Entertainment Recordings, LLC, a federal court in Kentucky first determined that Richie was not entitled to CDA immunity in a lawsuit involving multiple posts regarding Kentucky high school teacher and part-time cheerleader Sarah Jones. The jury awarded Jones $338,000 in compensatory and punitive damages. However, Richie successfully appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, which vacated and dismissed the verdict in June 2014.

Net Worth 2024

According to online reports, his net worth is estimated at around $10 million. He has earned a huge sum of money through his profession as a blogger and a writer. However, he has not disclosed exact salary, earnings, and assets details till now.

Relationship Status

Currently, Nik Richie is a divorced man. Previously, he was in a long-term married relationship with Shayne Lamas. His ex-wife is a well-recognized American TV personality and an actress. The pair met for the first time on a holiday in Las Vegas and married on April 18, 2010.

Caption: Nik Richie’s family photo (Source: The Sun)

Their wedding was held in the Little White Wedding Chapel eight hours after they first met.  They also have two children: Press, born on 11 November 2011, and Lyon, born on July 4, 2015. Having said that, Richie and Lamas split on May 10, 2021, after 11 years together.

Nik announced it on his Instagram account without providing a reason. He previously had a marital relationship with Amanda Toney. They married in 2005, and their relationship terminated in 2009. In 2015, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Nik Richie – Body Measurements

Caption: Nik Richie with his ex-wife (Source: Daily Mail)

This renowned blogger stands 6 feet tall and weighs around 78 kg. Moreover, he has a pair of black eyes with blonde hair colour.

Social Media

On his Instagram page ‘@nikrichie’ there are over 372k followers. Likewise, there are over 157.4k followers on his Twitter page ‘@nikrichie’ and over 4.3k friends of his Facebook page.