Kiana Kim was born on 30 March 1980, in Seoul, South Korea, and is an entrepreneur, reality television personality and model who has appeared in “Playboy” magazine, but is perhaps better known for being the fiancée of retired professional baseball player Pete Rose who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from the 1960s up to the 1980s.
The Net Worth of Kiana Kim
How rich is Kiana Kim? As of early-2019, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $1.5 million, earned through success in her various endeavors. Her wealth has also possibly been elevated thanks to the success of her fiancée, who has a net worth estimated at $3 million. However, as she continues her career, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life, Education, and Life Before Pete Rose
While Kiana spent some of her early years in South Korea, her family moved to the United States when she was five years old, where she grew up and started her education, quickly learning to adapt to the new culture. After matriculating from high school, she enrolled at Arizona State University, and studied for a degree in business marketing.
After graduating, she worked as a flight attendant for a few years, and met her first husband – they have two children from the marriage. However, the marriage would not last and they divorced, after which she forayed into the real estate industry, working as an agent. She found success in the field and accumulated some wealth which she used to further other business endeavors. She also started pursuing acting and modelling work.
Rise to Fame
Kim is very passionate about beauty and fitness, training regularly with celebrity trainer Jordan Yuam, who is known to have worked with Taylor Lautner. She used the money she earned from real estate to open her own hair salon, as her goal was to develop a business to help women feel beautiful and young. She eventually caught the attention of the magazine “Playboy”, and began doing photo shoots with the popular brand. She appeared in several issues, and was named in the list called ‘Playboy’s Sexy 100.’
Eventually, after starting a relationship with Pete Rose, the two started appearing in public, including on “The Howard Stern Show”, after which she became widely searched on the internet. Her association with Rose led her to fame, and the two later starred in the reality television show entitled “Pete Rose: Hits & Mrs.”, which featured the couple and her two children, airing for a total of six episodes during its first season.
The show was intended to showcase a modern family in a public spotlight, however, after the first season the show was cancelled with Destination America announcing that it no longer plans to air any more episodes. The opportunity, however, opened the door for Kim to have acting opportunities.
Fiancée – Pete Rose
Pete Rose began his career in MLB in 1963 as a switch hitter. During his career, he became the MLB all-time leader in at-bats, hits, singles, outs, and games played. He won three World Series rings, the Rookie of the Year Award, two Gold Gloves, one Most Valuable Player (MVP) award, and three batting titles. He also made 17 All-Star appearances in five positions, a feat that hasn’t been equalled.
In the 1980s, he became a professional baseball manager in the MLB during the latter part of his playing career, however, he was deemed ineligible in 1989 due to accusations that he gambled on baseball games while managing a team, which also made him permanently ineligible for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. His reinstatement and election to the Hall of Fame remains a hot topic of debate. ESPN later revealed that he did bet on baseball games while a player-manager, which compromised his position – the results of the investigation were made public after the US federal authorities seized his records.
Prior to their engagement, Pete had been married twice, firstly to Karolyn Englehard in 1964 and he had two children from that marriage. Prior to their divorce in 1980, he was involved in a paternity suit, admitting that he was the father of another child. In 1984, he married his second wife Carol J. Woliung and they also had two children, but finalized their divorce in 2011, two years after the start of his relationship with Kim.
The couple announced that they have an open relationship, and that Rose is supportive of his fiancée’s endeavors with “Playboy” magazine. They became engaged, though show no indication of when they will marry. The two have appeared in public together numerous times, including during a Sketchers commercial which aired during the 2014 Super Bowl. The couple are known to have a big age gap as he is 39 years older than her. During her free time, Kim mentioned that she plans to continue developing her brand, and is intent on releasing a line of skin care named after her.