Who is Richard Taubman? All About Christie Brinkley’s Ex-husband

Richard Taubman is Christie Brinkley’s ex-husband. Aged 76 years old, Richard, who was born in 1948, is an American real estate investor, businessman, musician, and photographer.

While Richard’s marriage with Christie was his second, the actress was married two times before they met. Following their nuptials, which were held in December 1994, the couple spent barely nine months together before they decided to call it quits on their relationship. Richard’s only claim to fame is being the husband of Christie, and after their union crashed, he receded back to obscurity.

Summary of Richard Taubman’s Biography

  • Full Name: Richard Taubman
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of Birth: 1948
  • Richard Taubman’s Age: 76 years old
  • Ethnicity: White Caucasian
  • Nationality: American
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight
  • Religion: Christianity
  • Marital Status: Divorced
  • Richard Taubman’s Ex-Wives: Elizabeth Freeman and Christie Brinkley
  • Richard Taubman’s Children: one
  • Richard Taubman’s Parents: Morris Taubman
  • Richard Taubman’s Height in Inches: 5 feet 8 inches
  • Richard Taubman’s Height in Centimetres: 172 cm
  • Famous For: Being the ex-husband of Christie Brinkley
  • Richard Taubman’s Instagram: @rmtaubman

How Old is Richard Taubman?

Richard Taubman is currently 76 years old, as he was born in 1948. However, Taubman is yet to disclose his exact birth date. Being born in the United States makes him an American by nationality. His ethnic background is White Caucasian

Taubman has been quite tight-lipped about the details of his early life and family background, but some online sources listed him as the son of billionaire real estate mogul Morris Taubman. However, there are a lot of dissenting voices dispelling this information because, according to them, Richard just used Morris as bait to get Christie Brinkley’s attention and is not related to the billionaire.

Richard hasn’t said anything about his academic journey, but he is an educated man. Sources claimed he went to school in the US.

How Did Richard Taubman and Christie Brinkley Meet

Richard Taubman and his ex-wife, Christie Brinkley, met during a vacation at the Exclusive Ski Resort Telluride in 1994. Christie, who is a known American model and actress, was still married to her music superstar husband, Billy Joel, when they first crossed paths.

Back in the 1980s, Joel and Christie were really in love; the musician said Christie was his musical muse. Besides, she played a starring role in the music video for his hit track, “Uptown Girl”. However, in a later interview, Billy’s ex-wife said their marriage was already experiencing friction for the past two years before they went for that skiing holiday where she met Taubman.

When Taubman set eyes on Christie for the first time, the attraction was instant, and before long, he started spending time with the model and her daughter, Alexa Ray Joel. There is a version of the report that said Richard Taubman even took Christie and Alexa on a helicopter ride in his Cessna Grand Caravan 12-seater airplane.

Richard obviously made a huge impression on Christie as she found her way back to ski Telluride ten days after leaving, and that was when they first held hands.

The duo really wished to have loads of fun and went on another helicopter ride the next day, and that was when they had an accident. While Richard got it rough with twelve broken ribs, a broken collarbone, and a collapsed lung, Christie got away with minor injuries. They had to spend hours at the accident scene battling with the biting cold and fierce winds before rescue came.

Eventually, the helicopter mishap had a huge impact on the couple as it fast-tracked their relationship, and they officially became a couple.

He Became Christie Brinkley’s Husband a Few Months Later

Barely a few months after they met, Richard Taubman and his love interest Christie went back to their last holiday destination at Telluride Mountain to tie the knot; this happened on the 22nd of December 1994.

The couple exchanged wedding vows at the top of the mountains and later skied down the mountain and proceeded to the Gorrono Ranch restaurant to hold the wedding reception. At the wedding, Christie announced that she was already four months pregnant and that run down the mountain was going be her last for a long time

The ceremony was a simple affair with friends and family in attendance. Christie designed her own wedding gown, while the wedding invitations were drawn by her daughter, Alexa.

Richard Taubman
Christie and Richard image source

Reports reveal that Christie wasn’t the first wife of Richard Taubman. He was formerly married to Elizabeth Freeman, and their union lasted for three years.

Richard is a Father of One

Richard’s union with Christie birthed only one son, Jack Paris Brinkley. From what is obvious, Jack took on his mother’s last name as opposed to his dad’s. In fact, after his parent’s divorce, it was Christie who got sole custody, and Richard had to give up his visitation rights.

What Happened to Christie Brinkley and Richard Taubman?

Richard Taubman and Christie Brinkley’s union was barely nine months old before it came crashing. It was Christie who filed for divorce in 1995, and according to her, Richard was too extravagant with money, spending more than the amount they previously agreed on.

Fans also weighed in on the possible reasons behind the couple’s divorce. Some of them were of the opinion that Richard and Christie moved too fast, and they did it too soon without pausing to get to know each other.

There was also Richard’s inability to hold down a job. He kept borrowing money from Christie without paying back, and at the time of their split, he was owning her over $1.5 million.

Also, Richard Taubman’s hot temper and violent behavior were x-rayed. Fans remembered that it was his temper that led to the end of his first marriage, and that may have also played out with Christie.

By the time the divorce was finalized, Richard had to allow Christie to have full custody of their son, and he waived off visitation rights.

What Does Christie Brinkley’s Ex-husband Do for a Living?

Richard Taubman had a career in the music industry as a musician. He also dabbled in photography in his career life, but now, he is in the real estate field as a developer.

There are tidbits on the internet space claiming that Richard owned the helicopter company Alpine Pacific and when the firm was going bankrupt, he had to resort to selling his Santa Fe house to bail it out, though this is yet to be verified.

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