There are several people who did not earn their fame from their line of work or achievements. Some famous people have only been thrust into the limelight because of their association with a celebrity. The lives of actual celebrities are case studies of the media; therefore their families are dragged into fame as well. This is the case of Richard Giannotti, who got fame due to his relationship with a big celebrity. He is the husband of a famous TV personality and actress, Joy Taylor. Richard featured on headlines alongside the TV star, and his name gradually began to widely spread in the public space after both of them got married.
However, Richard is also a retired accomplished baseballer but he didn’t get most of his current fame from that line of work, he became popular due to his marriage to a celebrity. Their union has piqued the interest of the public and people are curious about who the talented host got married to.
Richard Giannotti Was Born in Florida, USA, to an FBI Father
He was born on 9th August 1983 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. The retired baseballer is 38 years old as of 2021. He was born to Richard J. and Susan Giannotti. His father was an FBI agent before he died, while his mother’s profession is unknown. Richard was raised alongside a step-sibling, Leslie Rennie by his mother. Born in America, Richard holds an American nationality, and he is of white ancestry. His mother played a vital role in his growth and his success today.
Richard does not have extra distinguishing features like tattoos, piercings, and the likes. However, he does have an amazing and well-built body structure. The baseball player stands over 6ft tall with a weight of about 60kg.
He Earned a Degree In Business Administration and Played College Baseball
Richard attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School around his birthplace. Right from a tender age, he showed interest in sports, particularly baseball. In high school, he began to explore his passion for baseball, and he grew in sports. He got so excellent that he earned a place at the University of Miami on an athletic scholarship. After he matriculated in 2001, he did not stop playing. Richard grew fast and before long, the school named him the best All-state Outfielder. However, he did not abandon attaining a degree. Richard got a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration while playing at the university.
The schools he attended propelled his success in the baseball line very much. Right from high school to his university level, Richard made his passion for sports go hand in hand with his education. One did not affect the other, so he was able to be successful in baseball and education.
Giannotti Was First Drafted by Anaheim Angels
After Richard’s graduation, the then-called Anaheim Angels, now Los Angeles Angels, drafted him into their team. He worked with them for a year, before he signed a contract and moved over to Cedar Rapids Kernels, at the age of 21. In 2006, Richard was transferred twice, that is to Silver Sox at first. Then from there, he moved to Swing of the Quad Cities that same year. He played for them for about a year, before he signed another contract with Nashua Pride in 2007.
Richard put a pause on his career for the whole of 2008 and this lasted for a year. He lifted the self-imposed hiatus in 2009 and went back to playing. He signed with one of his favorite teams; Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, where he played for four whole years. He ended his professional baseball career in 2012, and subsequently terminated his contract with Sothern Maryland Blue Crabs.
Even after his retirement, he kept his hands busy as he ventured into another line of his career which he still does today. This is the summary of his life before he crossed paths with the TV personality.
Richard Giannotti and Joy Taylor Got Married in 2016
There isn’t credible information regarding Richard’s romantic relationships before he met Joy Taylor. We do not know the exact circumstance under which the pair met, but people have speculated that they’ve been friends for a long time. However, their platonic friendship evolved into a romantic relationship towards the end of 2014. In 2015, Joy proposed to Richard, to which he agreed and they planned a marriage ceremony. The couple tied the knot on February 13, 2016, with a very private ceremony for family and friends.
Joy Taylor is an American Media Personality
Joy Taylor was born on January 17, 1987, in America. She attended Barry University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communications in 2009. Taylor previously worked for three years at 790 AM The Ticket in Miami, where she started as the executive producer before she worked her way as the co-host for the sports radio show; Zaslow and Joy Show. She also worked as the host of Thursday Night Live and Fantasy Football Today on CBSSports.com. In March 2016, Taylor joined FOX Sports, taking up several roles, including filling in for Kristine Leahy on The Herd with Colin Cowherd. She has since made big moves in her line of career.
She hosted the sports debate show; Skip and Shannon: Undisputed with Skip Bayless and former NFL tight end CBS analyst; Shannon Sharpe. On September 9th, 2021, her company announced that Taylor would be the host of her own Saturday program, The Joy Taylor Show on Fox Sports Radio.
The Couple Divorced Barely A Year After Marriage
The marriage seemed lovely and very enviable, however, it didn’t last for long. The couple divorced in 2017 and this was very surprising, considering that the marriage barely lasted for a year. There were no scandals during the proceedings and the divorce process was simple and peaceful.
Richard Giannotti Has Since Remarried
The former baseball player did not let the initial disappointment of his failed marriage stop him from getting hitched once again. He began dating Kristen Simigran in 2019 and the couple got engaged on the 24th of July, 2020. Their marriage was a private affair as even pictures were not posted on their social media pages.
Their first child together duly arrived on the 24th of August 2021. The boy, named Banks Domenico Giannotti, joins two previous children by Kristen Simigran from a previous relationship. Richard is known for constantly posting pictures of his family all over his Instagram page.
He is Currently a Businessman
After Richard parted ways with his baseball career, he made use of his degree. He had started making moves in the business line even right from when he was still a baseball player. During his interview with the Baseball Historian in May 2012, he was asked about his plans and he replied that:“I’ve always wanted to become a businessman. I got my degree in finance from Miami but I’ve also known for a few years now that I want to stay around the game of baseball.”
His business venture kicked off with co-ownership of a clothing line named ‘Bubucheek Clothing’ from September 2008 to September 2014. At this point, he started planning how to start up his firm. He named his business Athlete Asset Management at Global Wealth Management. Asides from that, Richard also works as a financial adviser, as stated on his profile. He earns from working together with athletes towards creating secure conditions for the preservation of their wealth.