If you’ve had any sort of interaction with social media in the last five or so years, then you’re bound to have heard of Dan Bilzerian. The American poker player turned ‘Instagram King’, has amassed himself a legion of followers, who all love to stay up to date with his latest antics, regardless of how controversial.
But who is Dan Bilzerian, how did he become famous and how much is he worth? Allow us to answer all these questions and more.
Dan Bilzerian Quick Facts
Name: Daniel Brandon Bilzerian
DoB: December 7th 1980
Nationality: United States (citizenship 1980 – present), Armenian (citizenship 2018 – present)
Height: 5ft 7in – 1.74m
Net Worth: $200 million (estimated)
Instagram: @danbilzerian – 32.7m followers
TikTok: @danbilzerian – 3.7m followers
Who Is Dan Bilzerian?
Dan Bilzerian is an Armenian-American poker player, social media celebrity and businessman. He was born in Tampa, Florida on December 7th 1980 to parents Paul Bilzerian and Terri Steffen. His brother, Adam Bilzerian, is also a poker player.
Dan Bilzerian has always had a life filled with money, since his father was a corporate raider on Wall Street, and provided both Dan and his brother Adam with trust funds. It’s not clear if he used some of his trust fund money to fund his poker playing career, but there are claims he has bet large sums of money.
How Did Dan Bilzerian Get Rich?
As previously mentioned, Dan Bilzerian inherited a large sum of money from his father via a trust fund (the details of which remain relatively scarce), however, he has also earned himself large sums of money via his poker playing career and other business ventures. In fact, there’s no denying Dan Bilzerian has a pretty decent ‘business brain’ on him.
According to Casino.org, Dan Bilzerian can’t actually be considered a professional poker player, despite bragging about the tens of millions of dollars he’s won from playing various private games. It’s claimed he first tried his hand at poker after he enrolled in university at the University of Florida to study Business and Criminology. However, it is unclear if he ever actually graduated.
That could well be because he spent all his time playing poker instead, and it’s claimed by his second year of university, that he’d lost practically everything (and didn’t yet have access to his trust fund). His fortune is alleged to have turned in his favour after a short while, however, with Casino.org adding that Dan claims he would make as much as $90,000 from playing poker during some playing weeks.
It wasn’t until 2017 that Dan Bilzerian began playing in poker games with higher stakes, and it’s claimed he once turned up to a poker game in Lake Tahoe with a suitcase containing $100,000.
More recently, Dan Bilzerian was signed by the online poker site GGPoker to be an ambassador for the brand. Naturally, as with pretty much anything Dan Bilzerian does or puts his name to, there was some backlash from the poker community. However, even with some rather insulting comebacks from Dan Bilzerian in response to the comments, GGPoker have maintained their contract.
As a by-product of his notoriety on Instagram, Dan Bilzerian founded Ignite International Brands Ltd, a company that sells e-cigarettes, CBD oil, vodka and water bottles. Dan Bilzerian doesn’t hide the fact Ignite is related to the smoking of weed, and it even claims to be the world’s first global cannabis brand.
Dan Bilzerian even admits to smoking weed before – and even during – working out, presumably for its relaxing effects.
It’s not clear if Ignite actually earns Dan Bilzerian much money, as it has been reported the company lost $50 million in 2019, primarily due to marketing and rental expenses.
Perhaps the topic area that is most commonly associated with Dan Bilzerian is women. Just one quick look at his Instagram page and it becomes immediately apparent that Dan is never far from a bevy of beautiful women. And, owing up to his ‘look at me’ lifestyle, Dan has been more than happy to brag about his sexual escapades.
Dan Bilzerian is also a fan of various weapons and guns, boasting a serious collection, and it’s this rather lavish, carefree way of living (topped off with nice ‘shiny things’) that keeps him single.
What playboy lifestyle would be complete without a collection of rare, expensive and exotic cars? Dan knows this all too well, and so using his immense wealth, he has secured himself some incredible cars. One such motor that’s parked on his driveway includes a 3/4 replica of the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa. At $108,000, it’s certainly not cheap, but it’s pocket change compared to the money Supercar Blondie has spent on her cars, for example.
There is also no denying Dan Bilzerian knows how to keep himself in good shape, and he often posts his workouts (even those he performs on superyachts) as well as recovery methods, such as taking ice baths and smoking weed.
He knows how to get publicity, landing himself a brief cameo role in a movie (so is now referred to as an actor), and with several million dollars worth of poker winnings, he knows how to gamble too. He’s a constant source of news and intrigue, and we’d wager that those who aren’t his biggest fans are just jealous of his wild playboy lifestyle.