EXCLUSIVE: Bill Rancic Dishes All to Ahlan!
Bill Rancic is as a gorgeous as he is charming. The dapper reality TV star turned entrepreneur arrived for our interview at The Beach, opposite JBR dressed in a blue suit which left all of the women in attendance swooning. With his classic Hollywood looks and old world charm the 43-year-old has carved out a successful career as both a savvy businessman and a in demand personality following his win as the very first Apprentice back in 2003. Now, joined by his E! News anchor wife Giuliana, Bill has brought his charisma to Dubai for the biggest party this year, #DXBNYE. As well as hosting the red carpet and officiating the countdown ahead of Pharrell’s headlining set, Bill is also supporting Giuliana as she launches her pop-up shop in Dubai. We caught up with Bill and quizzed him about finding love, bad business ideas and Donald Trumps’ bad hair.
Do you think growing up with three sisters has made you better with women?
Definitely, you know I was the youngest of four and my three older sisters they would coach me and show me how you treat a woman. I would learn from hearing their stories and they actually helped me find the woman in my life, so they were very instrumental in guiding me along the way.
You are of Croatian descent, but do you speak Croatian?
I don’t. My father was Croation and my mother was Irish, but they were both American so I only know a handful of words. I know more Italian if anything thanks to my wife and her family.
You have many job titles, such as entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker and real estate developer, but which is your favourite?
That’s a tough one. We’re really enjoying being restauranteurs and that’s a business that’s doing really well for us. We’ve got three restaurants now in the United States and we’ll be growing that. I certainly love real estate developing and I’ve been hosting a lot of TV shows back in the US too. I just finished a show for the food network called Kitchen Casino – it’s a chef competition show and I’m having a lot of fun doing that.
Do you have any New Year’s resolutions?
Yes, actually we were just talking about it on the way over here and for us it’s always about achieving the right balance. We’re parents now and we have a two-year-old son so we really want to be the best parents we can possibly be. That’s something we strive for and will hopefully continue to grow and learn in that ongoing process.
You were the very first Apprentice, do you think your good looks helped you win?
Ha! Well, I don’t think good looks had anything to do with winning, but thanks for the compliment! It was 11 years ago and it was a very tough process and a fierce competition. There were loads of competitors from Harvard and Yale and very impressive schools, so it came down to delivering results. When I was a kid my dad would always tell me that actions speak louder than words and that’s how it was for me. I was able to deliver week after week and pushed my hard work ethic through to win.
What was it like working with Donald Trump?
Mr Trump was great, he was very good for me. He’s one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our generation and that was amazing to be around someone of his calibre. It was the opportunity of a lifetime, I got to stay on The Apprentice as a judge for a few seasons after that too and worked with him on a lot of different projects. It was an incredible learning experience and I use what I learned from him still today.
Did you ever ask him about why his hair style is so bad? It must be fake, right?
No that’s the real deal! It’s all his.
You’ve written two books about being successful in business. Give our readers the best tips to succeed.
Execution is so important. Most people talk a great game, they’ll climb this mountain or they’ll achieve this goal and they will be this rich at some point, but at the end of the day you have to talk less and work more. That’s the one thing I’ve learned from great entrepreneurs that I’ve met over the years. It all comes down to results and that’s the name of the game.
What’s the worst business idea you’ve had pitched to you?
I’ve been pitched a lot of ideas, but who am I to say it’s a bad idea? I look at some of these business plans and how they’ve made millions and millions and dollars, and they’re always a bad idea until someone hits it big. I started out with a crazy idea doing the Cigar of the Month Club and everyone laughed at me, but it did really well. I try not to judge and I try not to think anything is a bad idea. In order for us to evolve we have to be innovators and that how we grow and better ourselves.
Tickets for #DXBNYE are on sale now, so make sure to get yours sorted, if you want to be part of the in-crowd to welcome the New Year in true Dubai superlative style at Meydan.
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