Rich Kleiman has gained popularity due to his association with basketball star, Kevin Durant as his manager and business partner. Durant who currently plays for Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA) began his career as a high school student where he played for National Christian Academy and Montrose Christian School as well as Oak Hill Academy. He got fame as a high school basketball prodigy and was placed on Paradise Magazine’s first list. His fame didn’t stop in high school as he was also a big shot in college and ended up being drafted by Seattle Supersonics now Oklahoma City Hunters.
Rich Kleiman met Kevin Durant when he became an NBA player. He helped Durant make several decisions and has been doing a fine job since then, as the basketball star has been able to avoid scandals. Rich’s impact has also extended to Kevin Durant’s business life and decisions. Currently, he is the co-founder and partner of The Durant Company and Thirty Five Media. He is also working on a drama series on the early life of Kevin Durant titled Swagger.
Asides business, Rich Kleiman has a flourishing family, devoid of any scandals. He is married to Jane Gold who has two daughters for him – Bella and Olivia. The family currently live in New York. Let’s get to know more about Kevin Durant’s manager and business partner.
Rich Kleiman’s Early Life
He was born Rich Adam Kleiman on November 27, 1977, in New York. He was born into the family of Kenneth and Jill Kleiman. His father, Kenneth worked as an interior decorator and vice president of sales at a New York-based dealer in office furniture while his mother was a professional leasing broker agent at Williams Real Estate. From this, it is safe to say that Rich grew up in a family that valued hard work which would rub off on him.
For his education, he went to high school at Ethical Culture Fieldston School. He won a scholarship to study at Boston University but later dropped out to follow his passion. Records have it that he moved to New York after he dropped out and considered becoming a restaurateur but later became a bookie. As a bookie, he earned and saved enough to launch an urban music website. His love for music drove him to become a music supervisor at ESPN who directed music in documentaries.
He went on to work with Jay-Z in a sports concert film called Fade To Black. This job brought him several other opportunities such as being part of the Roc Nation Sports launched in April 2013. His encounter with Kevin Durant happened when he was the vice president and agent at the company which managed the basketball star. However, at this time, he was popular for managing Mark Ronson. Mark was his high school friend and Rich did an amazing job managing his career to the point that he got him access to Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise‘s wedding where he served as the DJ.
Initially, Rich was engaged in the representation of musicians exclusively. Although a list of the musicians he worked with is not known. This changed in 2013 when Kevin asked him to be his manager. He resigned from Roc Nation in 2015 to give full attention to his client. Currently, in addition to being a manager who works round the clock with his client, he began establishing companies in partnership with Kevin Durant. They established the Thirty-Five Media and The Durant Company. While the latter (The Durant Company) manages all the media business of Kevin, the former (Thirty-Five Media) oversees the portfolio of the several ventures Kevin owns.
Facts About Kevin Durant’s Manager and Business Partner
Rich Kleiman has been married since November 2003. He is married to the beautiful and talented Jane Ilyse Gold. Much is not known about Jane but it is known that she worked as the director of marketing and public relations for the New York-based Monsac Handbags. She is also a bachelor degree holder and graduated from Brown University. Together with Rich, she is the parent of two lovely daughters – Bella and Olivia. Rich despite his very busy schedule makes out time for his family and they reside in Manhattan, New York.
High School Hobbies
Business savvy Rich Kleiman began showing some of his entrepreneurial skills while he was in high school. He would sell his toys in junior high and while in senior high, he played basketball. A combination of these two behaviors could explain why he is a sports businessman today. Rich recently disclosed his intentions of owning his own basketball team, a dream not far fetched considering his progress so far.
Rich Kleiman is sure to be making thousands of dollars as a manager and business owner. According to recent information, he has grown his net worth and as of 2018, he was estimated to be worth $10 million. He is expected to keep growing in worth as the years go by.