Collecting unique and historical items has been a hobby that has existed worldwide for a long time. Though the exact items the collectors gather depend upon the individual, the core essence of wanting to own something of immense value remains persistent. In Netflix’s ‘King of Collectibles: The Goldin Touch,’ we see Ken Goldin, who helps collectors around the world buy or sell unique collectibles. His work and connections have made the businessman one of the best in the field, with people eager to know more about him and his current whereabouts. If you are wondering about the same, worry not because we have your back!
Who is Ken Goldin?
Ken’s interest in collectibles started when he was just thirteen and entered the world of baseball cards. As he exchanged his electric racetrack cars for 5,000 baseball cards from his friend, he began his journey into a world that would soon see him as one of the best. To hone his business skills, Ken became a student at the George Washington University School of Business in 1983 and graduated in 1985. After this, he joined Drexel University to study Business Administration and Management.
In 1986, while he was still a student, Ken and his father established The Score Board Inc. The following years saw him graduating from Drexel University and his company going public for the first time. Having sales worth about $1 million in 1987, the organization continued to grow, hitting the $20 million mark in 1989 and selling collectibles worth $100 million in 1994. The company’s success made Ken well-known among the public, and even had him appear on various television shows.
However, in 1997, Ken gave up his position as Co-Founder and CEO of The Sports Inc, with the company going bankrupt the following year owing to an overabundance of baseball cards at that point. Instead, he established Goldin Sports Inc in January 1998, taking up the position of its CEO, and continued his work in the collectibles industry. For a long time, Ken worked independently and continued to garner fame.
Knowing just how valuable the internet had become in the marketplace, Ken himself started auctioning items on platforms like Instagram. Soon enough, he created Goldin Auctions in January 2012, leading to some of his most well-known sales over the years. Thanks to his phenomenal work, Ken is on reasonably good terms with celebrities like Drake and Mike Tyson, who have been featured in the Netflix show. He is also quite close to Peyton Manning, the celebrated football player, who is one of the investors in Ken’s company and helped in the creation of ‘King of Collectibles: The Goldin Touch.’
Where is Ken Goldin Now?
As of writing, Ken continues to thrive as a successful businessman. The Founder and Executive Chairman of Goldin Auctions works alongside a team that is just as dedicated as him when finding rare collectibles and auctioning them to people worldwide. His appearance in the Netflix show has only boosted his popularity, with people becoming more aware of what it means to be a collector and how getting your hand on a valuable item can easily turn your life around.
Interestingly, one of the biggest reasons behind Ken choosing to partner up with Netflix for the show is Brett Oppenheim from ‘Selling Sunset.’ “He called me up even before I had a deal or even an offer and told me I needed to go with Netflix,” he shared with The Sun. “He said, ‘I signed with Netflix, and I never have to spend any money advertising for my real estate agency because Selling Sunset does everything for me.’ He convinced me to go with Netflix even before I got an offer.” Another reason behind the decision was that the streaming giant has a worldwide audience, much like the clientele that Goldin Auctions caters to.
Presently, Ken is married to Jenn Goldin. He was married to his first wife after a proposal in Puerto Rico, but the marriage ended in divorce. However, he does have a daughter named Laura Goldin from his first marriage whom he loves very much, and she is a prominent part of ‘King of Collectibles: The Goldin Touch’ season 1. Additionally, Ken has two other children, Paul and Carleigh, who are 9 and 5 years old, respectively.
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