Rick Hendrick Net Worth: Rick Hendrick is an American businessman, entrepreneur, and retired race car driver who has a net worth of $1 billion dollars. Hendrick is best known for being the owner of the NASCAR team Hendrick Motorsports. He also owns the Hendrick Automotive Group and has 140 franchises in 14 different states. Rick serves as chairman of the company, which is the United States’ sixth-largest dealership. He has owned the Hendrick Motorsports racing team since 1984 and has four full-time drivers: Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, and William Byron. His former drivers include Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Kasey Kahne. Hendrick Motorsports has won 12 Monster Energy Cup Series championships (now known as the NASCAR Cup Series).
Early Life: Rick Hendrick was born Joseph Riddick Hendrick III on July 12, 1949, in Warrenton, North Carolina. His parents, Mary and Joseph, raised Rick and his brother, John, on a farm near Palmer Springs, Virginia. When Rick was 14, he built a 1931 Chevrolet and started drag racing, and at 16, he won the Chrysler-Plymouth Troubleshooting Contest (Virginia division). Hendrick attended Park View High School in Virginia, and though he originally considered a career in baseball, he enrolled in a co-op work study program after graduation offered by Westinghouse Electric Company and North Carolina State University.
Career: After college, Hendrick opened a small used-car lot and became the general sales manager at age 23. After buying a Bennettsville, South Carolina, franchise, Rick became America’s youngest Chevrolet dealer at 26 years old and went on to found Hendrick Automotive Group, which employs more than 10,000 people. In 2016, the company earned $9 billion in revenue.
As a race car driver, Hendrick competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He also started a drag boat racing team in the late 70s that won three championships and set a world record. Rick later co-owned and sponsored a few NASCAR Late Model Sportsman Series cars, earning a win with Dale Earnhardt in 1983. The following year, Hendrick started All-Star Racing (now known as Hendrick Motorsports), fielding a NASCAR Winston Cup team. With driver Geoff Bodine, the team competed in 30 races and finished ninth in the season.
As a team owner, Rick has enjoyed 16 Drivers’ championships, 345 race wins, and 290 pole positions with Hendrick Motorsports and JR Motorsports (which Hendrick co-owns with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kelly Earnhardt Miller), and many consider him to be NASCAR’s most successful team owner. The Hendrick Motorsports headquarters is in Concord, North Carolina, and lies on a 140-acre property; 600 people are employed in the 430,000 square foot facility. In December 2018, Hendrick announced that Jeff Gordon will be taking over Hendrick Motorsports after Rick retires.
Personal Life: Rick met his future wife, Linda, at an ice cream parlor, and they went to on have two children, Ricky and Lynn. Ricky grew up to be a race car driver, but in 2004, he tragically died in a plane crash at the age of 24. Nine other people died in the crash, including Rick’s brother and two of his nieces. In 2011, Rick and Linda were on a plane that crash landed at Key West International Airport; Linda’s injuries were minor, but Rick ended up with a fractured clavicle and three broken ribs.
Hendrick was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia in 1996 and has been in remission since 1999. In 1997, Rick was sentenced to a year of home confinement, a $250,000 fine, and three years’ probation after pleading guilty to mail fraud. He admitted to giving BMWs, houses, and large amounts of money to American Honda Motor Company executives in the 1980s, but President Bill Clinton pardoned him in 2000.
Charity Work: In 1997, Rick and Linda founded the Hendrick Marrow Program, which raises money to add potential donors to the Be The Match Foundation’s registry and helps patients pay for transplant costs that aren’t covered by insurance. In 1999, the Be The Match Foundation honored Rick and Linda with their Leadership for the Life Award. Hendrick also supports Charlotte’s Levin Children’s Hospital and The Hendrick Foundation for Children, which was founded by his late brother in 2004. In 2016, Rick and Linda formed the Hendrick Family Foundation, and the Hendrick Marrow Program (which has raised over $15 million since its inception) is now part of that foundation. The Hendrick Family Foundation supports charities that were established by Hendrick Motorsports drivers, such as the Chase Elliott Foundation, which offers financial support to other charitable organizations, and the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, which has contributed to several charities and raises funds for K-12 public education through their Jimmie Johnson Foundation Champions Grant program.
Awards and Honors: In 1996, Hendrick received The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor given in the state of North Carolina. That year, he also received a Horatio Alger Award from the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. In 2009, Rick won the Bill France Award of Excellence at the Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony, and he received the Automotive News Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. Hendrick has been inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame (2017), the International Motorsports Hall of Fame (2013), and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (2020).
Real Estate: In 2000, Rick paid $3.65 million for a 12,803 square foot home in Charlotte. The house includes six bedrooms and eight baths. Hendrick also reportedly owns a $35 million yacht as well as a Gulfstream G-V private jet worth $15 million.