Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk

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11/14/1975 - present

Gary Vaynerchuk is the Chairman of VaynerX and the Chief Executive Officer of VaynerMedia. He is recognized as one of the most forward thinkers in business. He deeply recognizes trends and patterns early to help others understand how these shifts affect markets and consumer behavior. Whether it is emerging artists, esports, NFT investing, or digital communications, Vaynerchuk understands how to bring brand relevance to the forefront. He is also a bestselling author, television personality, and prolific venture capitalist.


  • Vaynerchuk was born in 1975 in Babruysk, Belarus, in the former USSR.
  • He and his family immigrated to the United States in 1978.
  • As a young child, he began his entrepreneurial career by ripping flowers out of his neighbors’ yards and selling them right back.
  • He successfully started a lemonade franchise at age 7 and eventually selling tens of thousands of dollars worth of baseball cards and toys throughout his high school career.
  • He joined his family business bagging ice for $2 per hour at age 14.
  • He rose to prominence in the late 1990s when he transformed his father’s local liquor store into one of the first wine e-commerce platforms, growing the family business from $3 million to 60 million in sales during a 5-year period.
  • He then stepped away from the company to build his digital media agency, VaynerMedia, with his brother.


  • Vaynerchuk guided both Resy and Empathy to successful exits — both were sold respectively to American Express and Constellation Brands.
  • He documents his life daily through his social media channels which have more than 30 million followers across all platforms. 
  • He is a five-time New York Times bestselling author and one of the most highly sought-after public speakers.