Despite all the accusations and controversies that repeatedly dragged him down, he pursued his dreams with such determination that ultimately yielded the success he desired.
Who is Ryan Deluca?
Ryan Deluca is a bodybuilder and the founder of BodyBuilding.com, an online retailer of all things fitness, such as bodybuilding supplements, sports equipment and dietary supplements.
The story of how he built his empire from the ground up has certainly inspired a lot of people to pursue their dreams, regardless of the many obstacles that might get in the way. He immersed himself in the fitness world right after high school and was so determined that he made the bold decision to start the business out of his garage. At that time, he had very little experience running a business but was determined to succeed, as he only thought about building a business that would please any potential client.
Starting his business right after high school didn’t deter him from going to college, it just meant he had different priorities than other students. He barely joined parties and hardly ever did anything that could be considered fun for a student because, for him, advancing his business was all the fun he needed.
At age 21 after college, Ryan Deluca took his business to the next level by purchasing the BodyBuilding.com domain for $20,000. It was proof that his business was going well.
He continued to do what he knew how to do best and Over the next few years the online presence he gained took him to a new height as the site was even more recognized than those of many. who started before him. More so, the site not only did well, it brought in millions for Deluca, so in 2006 it made the list of “30 Under 30: America’s Coolest Entrepreneurs” compiled by Inc Magazine at number 5. That in itself is a very impressive feat.
The company was doing well, but that didn’t mean there weren’t challenges, there were quite a few. It peaked in 2012 when his brother Jeremy, who runs the company alongside him, himself pleaded guilty to selling fake brand name steroids between 2006 and 2009. In the same year, BodyBuilding’s workout supplement .com of the Year, Driven Sports Craze has been found to contain a potentially dangerous amount of a methamphetamine analogue. This was a huge outrage because, at the time, the methamphetamine analogue was not tested safe for human consumption. For all of this, the US Department of Justice fined BodyBuilding.com $7 million, while Jeremy Deluca was fined $600,000.
After the hardships of 2012, Ryan has always done his best to keep the company afloat, which certainly hasn’t been an easy task. But in 2015, that all came to an end when the CEO announced he would be retiring after 17 years of hard work at the helm of the company.
Prior to the turmoil of 2012, Ryan Deluca took the bold step of selling the controlling stake in the company to Liberty Media Corporation for a whopping $100 million. Thus, when he retires, Ryan Deluca would be worth $150 million, but this is not a verified estimate of his wealth.
Does he have a wife or a girlfriend?
Ryan Deluca may not have a wife right now, but he sure does, a day back. He was once married to a woman whose details are not available at this time as he kept everything about his marriage away from the prying eyes of the media. However, we do know that Ryan had 3 beautiful children with his wife before the union ended in divorce.
After his divorce was finalized, Deluca began a relationship with a woman whose name is also unknown. They were together for a while and everything seemed to be fine until they broke up.
Prior to the breakup, Deluca had texted millionaire internet personality and gamer Dan Bilzerian with his girlfriend’s phone. There was no real proof of what the post said, but it apparently pissed off Dan, who in retaliation posted near-naked pictures of Deluca’s daughter on his social media page saying he had sex with her.
Of course, many expected Deluca to rise to such a provocation for the occasion, but he went the other way and instead challenged to have more Instagram followers than Dan in a year. He then explained this with an explanation stating that he was not with this lady at the time she slept with Dan.
A year after the wave in 2016, excited fans took a survey to see who won the challenge to get more followers and sure enough, Dan was ahead of Deluca. The entire drama certified Dan’s nickname – the king of Instagram.