On the series premiere of Most Eligible Dallas, the cast's token totally-not-stereotypical gay Texan, Drew Ginsburg, mentioned that he's looking for love, but he's worried people only want him for his last name. You probably figured out that people aren't scrambling to date a Ginsburg because it sounds so exotic. So what's the deal with Drew's family?
Well, it turns out Drew's dad, Scott Ginsburg, is an impressive guy. He even has his own Wikipedia article, and it's more than two lines long (that's how you know you've really made it). Scott's a self-made man, whose original claim to fame was building a massive empire of radio stations that spanned the country.
Scott's time in radio eventually fell apart after he joined forces with a Dallas business big-wig and learned that too many egos spoil a media biz, but he didn't stop raking in the big bucks. He eventually became the CEO of the electronic advertising firm DG FastChannel, and then founded the fancy schmancy car dealership that Drew now works for. Despite getting in trouble with some of his family members for violating insider trading laws in the late '90s, all this wheeling and dealing has worked out for daddy dearest: His personal fortune clocks in at around $375 million.
(As for that insider trading trouble: According to public SEC litigation records, Scott was eventually found guilty of violating Sections 10(b) and 14(e) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Exchange Act Rules 10b-5 and 14e-3, and forced to pony up at least $1 million in fines.)
It's not just about money (though that is a lot of money). Scott Ginsberg is the kind of person who builds ultra-expensive restaurants, and owns a home that has landed on D Magazine's list of the 100 most expensive homes in Dallas. The point is, he isn't exactly a reclusive millionaire unknown to the Dallas scene.
So yeah, Drew's right. Being a Ginsberg has cache in Dallas. It unquestionably has its upsides — there's a reason Drew knows so much about the kinds of cars most people can only dream of affording — but we can see why he's wary of potential suitors' motives. It's hard out there for a lonely child of luxury.
Sources: The New York Times, SEC Official Website, D Magazine, Dallas Observer.