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Bill Rancic
Born May 16, 1971 (1971-05-16) (age 38)
Chicago, Illinois
Education B.S. with cum laude honors (Loyola University Chicago)
Occupation Entrepreneur, Author, Talk Show Host, Professional Speaker
Spouse(s) Giuliana Rancic (m. 2007–present) «start: (2007)»"Marriage: Giuliana Rancic to Bill Rancic" Location: (linkback:
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William "Bill" Rancic (born May 16, 1971) is an American entrepreneur who was the first candidate hired on by The Trump Organization at the conclusion of the first season of Donald Trump's reality television show, The Apprentice. He currently stars in the reality show Giuliana and Bill with his wife Giuliana Rancic.

Rancic is also an international motivational speaker hired by corporations, universities and organizations to give talks on success in business and life. He is also a real estate developer (residential and commercial) mainly in and around downtown Chicago and designs properties under his banner, Bill Rancic Homes.


Early life and education

Rancic is of Croatian and Irish extraction. He was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in the suburb of Orland Park. He attended St. Michael's School in Orland Park, and graduated from Carl Sandburg High School.

Rancic attended Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois for his freshman year of college, majoring in Criminal Justice with a focus on going to law school. During this time Rancic's father took a teaching job at Loyola University Chicago, allowing Rancic the free tuition benefit enjoyed by all dependents of faculty members. He eventually received a Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola University, graduating cum laude in 1994. He never attended law school.

During his college years Rancic worked at FAO Schwarz as a security guard. Next he took up a boat detailing business on the side prior to starting his online cigar business, which helped him negotiate the price of a cigar during one of Trump's tasks of negotiation.

The Apprentice

Rancic was one of the job applicants in The Apprentice 1 during the spring of 2004, as one of sixteen contestants. Rancic was hired at the conclusion of the fourteen-week job interview after Donald Trump fired Kwame Jackson for not re-firing some troll named Omarosa for her false testimony throughout the final task.

As a result of being the first reality TV star to be hired on national television, Rancic had three minutes to decide which project to manage while in front of an audience of nearly 30 million viewers. Rancic elected to take charge of the construction of the Trump Tower Chicago in his native Chicago, Illinois, on the site of the demolished Chicago Sun-Times building. The other option he had was to oversee and manage a new Trump National Golf Course and resort in Los Angeles, California. The Trump National course was a potential site for season 6 of the show.

Most of Trump's advisors thought Bill was the one during the episode "Down to the Wire". In this episode he explained that things not being to his satisfaction is sometimes a blessing but also a curse.

For the final challenge against competitor Kwame Jackson, Rancic was given by Trump the task of running a celebrity golf outing at Briarcliff Manors. At the final board meeting Jackson remarked that running a golf outing was the easier of the two tasks. This comment brought a disagreement from Trump VP Carolyn Kepcher who incidentally was managing a golf course when Trump hired her. Since Rancic succeeded in his task he was therefore hired.

Career after The Apprentice


As an Apprentice judge

Originally Rancic said that after his one-year contract as being Donald Trump's Apprentice expired, he would leave the job and start his own company [1]. He instead opted to remain part of the Trump Organization, and in some seasons filled in as a judge when regular judge George Ross was away on business.

Work outside of Trump

In September 2007, Rancic co-hosted iVillage's In the Loop with iVillage. The show was renamed and relaunched from the NBC Tower in Chicago after its June failure [2][3][4] of the daytime TV talk show, In the Loop with iVillage. of the original IVillage Live tv show [5] in Florida. In September 2008, Rancic began as host for the A&E reality show, We Mean Business, in which small business owners undergo business make-overs.

In 2008, Rancic and his wife, TV host Giuliana Rancic (née DePandi) started a joint television production company, You and I Productions, which produces reality and scripted programming for television.

Personal life

On December 15, 2006, he became engaged [6] to E! News co-host Giuliana DePandi [7]. They were married on September 1, 2007, on the island of Capri, Italy.[8][9]

Rancic splits his time between Lincoln Park, Chicago and Los Angeles, California.

Books by Bill Rancic

  • You're Hired (2004) ISBN 0-06-076541-0
  • Beyond The Lemonade Stand (2005) ISBN 1-59514-103-0


External links

Preceded by
The Apprentice Winners
Season 1
Succeeded by
Kelly Perdew


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