Real estate agent Fredrik Eklund first captured the attention of the public after starring in the reality series, Million Dollar Listing New York. Originally from Sweden, he spent the majority of his early life in Stockholm. Interestingly enough, he had taken part in a handful of pornographic films during his early twenties.
Putting that chapter behind him, he moved to New York, where he eventually decided to get involved with real estate. After obtaining his license, he landed his first job as a broker with the agency, JC Deniro, a company owned by Robert Diro’s uncle. By the end of the year, his stellar performance had led him to be nominated for rookie of the year.
In 2012, an opportunity came knocking- he had landed himself a role in the popular reality series, Million Dollar Listing New York. Since his debut on the show, his fame has increased tremendously in the US- currently, it is estimated that Fredrik Eklund has a net worth of $30 million.
How did he go about amassing so much funds? Where does he earn his money from? Let’s find out.
Fredrik Eklund’s Net Worth 2018 – $30 Million
How did Fredrik Eklund Make His Money & Wealth?
Born on April 26, 1977 in Sweden, Fredrik Eklund spent his youth in the country’s capital of Stockholm. As a teen, his first American experience came in the form of a foreign exchange; at the time, he had travelled to Minnesota, where he studied at Edina High School. After graduating, he went to pursue an education at the Stockholm School of Economics; however he ultimately dropped out prior to finishing his program.
Around that same time, Eklund launched his own internet company called Humany, which focused on making customer relations software. An aspiring entreneur, he later started his own management company called Cave Entertainment; with a little bit of luck, it went on to receive modest success in Japan and Latin America. By the time he was in his twenties, he’d already established a profile for himself in Sweden.
Aside from the various business endeavours that he took on, he eventually also got involved with acting- more specifically, he took part in a handful of homosexual pornographic films under the moniker, Tag Ericsson. Some of said titles include The Hole (2003), Training Camp (2004), Jet Set Direct: Take One (2004), Training Camp 2: The Magic Potion Mystery (2005), an Million Dollar Man (2012).
When asked about his past in the pornography scene, Eklund simply stated that “he regrets nothing”. Explaining himself further, he had stated that while it was something that he’d wanted to try at the time, it was also something that he “quickly decided [he] was done with.”
With that behind him, he moved to New York in 2004 to start a new chapter of his life. Deciding to go into real estate, he obtained his license from New York University and soon landed his first job as an agent with JC DeNiro, an agency owned by Jack DeNiro. Proving himself to be extremely talented, he quickly did ~$50 million in business; before long, he’d earned himself a Rookie of the Year award nomination from the Real Estate Board of New York.
After accumulating two years of experience, he left the company to join a start-up called Core, founded by top broker Shaun Osher in 2006. Since then, Eklund’s particular talents have earned him the position of managing director at the real estate firm. By the early 2010’s, he had also become the managing director at Douglas Eliman, the largest brokerage in the New York Metropolitan area.
In November 2010, the Sweden native was featured on the front page of The New York Times- it was there on The Sunday Style Section that it was first announced that he would be filming a reality series for Bravo. The show titled, Million Dollar Listing New York eventually premiered on April 21, 2016. A spin-off of Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, it followed the lives of three real estate brokers, Luis D. Ortiz, Ryan Serhant, and of course- Eklund himself.
One of the original cast members, Eklund made his debut in the first episode- in the US, it had attracted over 740K viewers. Following the end of season one, he remained for four additional years, until the end of season five. While he didn’t appear in the spin-off, Ryan’s Wedding, he later made his comeback in season six which premiered in 2016.
Although it’s unknown how much exactly he’s yielded from the Bravo series, considering his rising fame in the real estate world, he would have presumably earned top dollar from the show. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if he was paid in the realm of six digits.
Speaking of television, Eklund has also appeared in various other TV programmings such as Schulman Show (2013), Watch What Happens Live (2014), Efter Tio (2015), Breaking News med Filip ooh Fredrik (2015), and The Meredith Vieira Show (2016).
On top of everything that’s already been mentioned, he has also authored three books- Om Spetelska (2009), Svar Pa Kongl (2010), and more recently, The Sell: The Secrets of Selling Anything to Anyone (2016).
Fredrik Eklund’s Personal Life and FAQ
Is Fredrik Eklund Married?
Yes, the reality star is married to artist, Derek Kaplan; the two tied the knot on February 9, 2013, on Little Palm Island in Florida Keys.
It’s unknown whether or not he’s had any previous relationships in the past.
Does Fredrik Eklund Have Any Children?
No, Eklund does not have any children. Having said that, they did give surrogacy a go a while back; unfortunately, the biological mother ultimately suffered a miscarriage during the pregnancy.
Did Fredrik Eklund Go to College?
Upon graduating high school, Eklund went to the Stockholm School of Economics, however he ultimately left the institute prior to obtaining his degree.
Where Does Fredrik Eklund Live? Pictures of Fredrik Eklund’s House?
In April 2016, Eklund purchased a $3.5 million mansion in Roxbury, Connecticut. Sitting on 8.26 acres, the 5,144 abode includes a freshly renovated kitchen, a screening room, a wet bar, as well as four bedrooms and four bathrooms. Some of his high-profile neighbours include Daniel Day-Lewis, Dustin Hoffman, and Stephen Sondheim.
What Kind of Car Does Fredrik Eklund Drive?
As of 2015, the reality star drove a Landrover Ranger, which has made a few appearances on his social media accounts.
This June, Eklund released his debut single, It Gets Better, which was made available on Spotify and iTunes. According to his post on Instagram, a quarter of its total proceeds will be going towards a number of anti-bullying charities.