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Who is Brad Zibung?
Brad Zibung is an American businessman as well as a real estate owner, but who is probably best known for being the husband of American TV personality, an ESPN anchor, reporter and columnist Sarah Spain. However, Brad is also widely recognized for being the founder of the sports magazine The Heckler.
Brad Zibung’s Early Life, Childhood and Education
Brad was born in November 1976 in the USA. Further information about his ancestry, childhood and his family’s background hasn’t been disclosed, except that he is of American nationality and of white ethnicity. Upon matriculating from a local high school, Zibung continued his education by enrolling at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh from which he graduated in 1999 with his Bachelor of Science degree in public relations as well as in journalism. In 2009 he received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from his college.
Brad Zibung’s Professional Career
Upon graduation, Brad transferred to Chicago, Illinois, where he began his professional career as the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh’s PR assistant, honing his skills in marketing and communications for the next two years. He later dived into the world of corporate business, serving in the course of the next five years as the communications associate at the international advertising agency – Leo Burnett Group. Brad has also served as the senior fields operations manager of an online ticket exchange reseller – the StubHub in the course of the 10 years. Zibung was also one of the people responsible for their $310-million-worth acquisition by multinational corporation eBay in 2007.
In April 2003, alongside George Ellis, Brad Zibung launched a satirical sports monthly newspaper – The Heckler, and ever since has served as its Editor in Chief. As it is based in Chicago, the magazine chronicles the “pratfalls” of various Chicago’s sports teams in a satirical context, using fictional names and characters, and providing an “unbelievable sports coverage”. In 2007, The Heckler released its book entitled “The Cubs Fan’s Guide to Happiness”, which was praised by several acclaimed major media outlets, including the Chicago Tribune, Fox Chicago, The Sporting News as well as the Chicago Sun-Time and ESPN Radio Chicago to name a few. With a monthly circulation of 30,000, The Heckler has subscribers in nearly 40 states.
Brad Zibung – The Real Estate Owner
After being engaged in the operations management business for almost 10 years, in 2014 Brad decided to expand his career to a new dimension, and entered the world of real estate business. He teamed up with Craig Isacson and joined @properties, currently Chicago’s No.1 real estate brokerage company. Using his professional skills, Zibung managed to make more than $10 million in annual sales in less than three years in the business.
Brad Zibung’s marriage with Sarah Spain
Besides being known for his professional accolades, Brad Zibung is also famous for being the husband of ESPN’s anchor, radio host and reporter Sarah Spain. They first met at a charity bowling party in 2008, while their first date occurred at the baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals in 2009. Shortly afterwards they began their relationship, which after almost six years culminated in marriage, the ceremony held in Chicago on the 29th May 2016, in front of over 300 guests. In November that year, Brad and Sarah went on honeymoon, traveling across New Zealand and Australia, also celebrating his 40th birthday. The couple hasn’t welcomed any children, and currently reside with their pets – two adopted “poochers” in Chicago’s neighborhood of Wicker Park.
Brad Zibung’s Net Worth
Have you ever wondered how much wealth this 41-year old American real estate owner has accumulated so far? How rich Brad Zibung is? According to sources, it is estimated that the total of Brad Zibung’s net worth, as of mid-2018, revolves around the sum of $1.5 billion, acquired primarily through his professional career in the real estate business, which has been active just since 2014.
Brad Zibung’s Height, Personal Life and presence on Social Media
As an avid sports fan and the editor in chief of a popular magazine related to the life of a sports fan, Brad Zibung has season tickets for every major sports team based in Chicago, the Cubs, Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks. He also occasionally participates in several recreational leagues, including softball, basketball and volleyball.
This 6 ft 1″ tall American businessman is also a philanthropist, as he supports and is actively involved in several charity organizations. His efforts include the the Syrian Community Network, “Hear the Cheers” initiative by the Chicago Hearing Society, as well as the National Parks Conservation Association, among several others.
Being a busy man who makes millions in real estate sales, Brad Zibung is not very active in the online social community, and does not have official accounts on popular social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook. However, he has an Instagram account which is abundant with photos from his professional as well as private life, featuring various public events … and his pet dogs!