Brad Zibung is an American entrepreneur, journalist, and real estate agent who is also the husband of sports journalist and ESPN personality Sarah Spain. He is also known as the founder of the satirical and fictional sports magazine – The Heckler.
Brad’s wealth from his business made him well-known in his own country, but he earned fame when he married Sarah Spain. Please continue reading to learn more about him.
|Date of birth||November 1976|
|Age||47 years old|
|Occupation||Real Estate Agent|
|Net worth||$1 billion|
|Nationality||United States of America|
Brad Zibung Biography
Brad Zibung was born in November 1976; however, the actual date isn’t known to the public. He’s a citizen of the United States of America, where he graduated from high school and also from the university.
He studied at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, where he graduated with a degree in Journalism and Public Relations in 1999 and was awarded the Outstanding Young Graduates Award in 2009 upon graduation.
Brad Zibung Career
Brad worked as a public relations assistant for his university. After graduation, he moved forward, looking for a solid job or business. Brad got a job as a communication associate at the Leo Burnett Group, a global advertising agency in the United States. He worked at the agency for five years before getting a new appointment at StubHub as a senior field operation manager. Stubhub was later acquired by eBay for $310 million in 2007.
Brad Zibung and a friend, George Ellis (born in 1977), attended the Cubs games in 2000, sitting in the leftfield bleachers and exchanging banters with fans in the rightfield bleachers. They began documenting their antics online, which led to the creation of a website called rightfieldsucks.com, which evolved into The Heckler in 2003.
The website’s original purpose was to be a place for Chicago Cubs fans to interact. However, it has grown into a newspaper company distributing to 40 states in the US with about 30,000 copies monthly and has a good audience. The publication has spread beyond its place of origin and now covers major sports news since 2006. The Heckler published its first magazine, The Cubs Fan’s Guide to Happiness, in 2007.
Aside from being the co-founder of The Heckler, Brad has his feet in the real estate business, partnering with Craig Isaacson, Chicago Residential Partners, and @properties Christie’s International Real Estate. He started his career through a friend he met in The Heckler. Sources claim that Brad closed deals worth up to 10 million dollars in his first three years.
@properties was established in 2000 by Mike Golden and Thad Wong. It has grown to become one of Chicago’s top real estate agents.
Brad Zibung Marriage
Brad Zibung started a family after marrying his long-time girlfriend, Sarah Spain, in 2016. Sarah Spain and Brad first met in 2008 at a Chicago Blackhawks charity event, and fast forward to 2009; they went for their date during a baseball game played within the areas of Chicago.
After five years, the couple goes on to see that they are compatible and might be better off if they got married; at this time, Brad and Sarah Spain were already on vacation in Tanzania, where Brad proposed to Sarah.
On May 29, 2016, Brad Zibung and Sarah Spain got married in a small ceremony at County Line Orchard, Chicago, with over 300 guests. Brad Zibung has been living happily with his wife, but they haven’t welcomed any children.
Brad Zibung’s house is in Wicker Park; he has lived there since 2017 with his wife. He has lived in several neighborhoods since he moved to Chicago in 1999. According to his Compass profile, he has lived in neighborhoods including River North, Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Roscoe Village, Lincoln Park, and Albany Park. His experiences living in those areas gave him a first-person view of various areas in Chicago, so he can give a detailed experience of what it is like living there.
Brad Zibung Wife
Brad Zibung is married to Sarah Spain, a famous ESPNW sports reporter. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but raised in Lake Forest, Illinois. She had sports in her blood from a young age, as she was part of the field hockey and basketball teams at Lake Forest High School.
After her education at Cornell University, Spain worked for Fox Sports Net, MouthpieceSports.com, and ChicagoNow.com. She first applied to be a writer for espnW.com in October 2010, and since then, she has anchored various shows at ESPN, including Spain & Prim (launched on January 23, 2015), The Trifecta (launched on January 2016), and That’s What She Said.
Brad’s wife may be on camera regularly as a sports reporter, but she went viral with a post on eBay where she offered to be someone’s date to a Super Bowl XLI game where the Chicago Bears played the Indianapolis Colts. That was in 2007. Her move received criticism, but Spain got what she wanted – Unilver sponsored her ticket to the game.
Brad Zibung Net Worth
Sarah Spain’s Husband, Brad Zibung, is estimated to be worth $1 billion approximately, according to various sources, although his exact net worth has not been mentioned officially. His sources of income are business as a real estate agent at the @Property and as a co-founder of The Heckler, an American sports newspaper company. However, he keeps a minimal profile and has no social media presence.
Brad Zibung does not keep all to himself. He is known to support various NGOs and charities within his capacity. He supports charities like Peace for Pits, the Syrian Community Network, Off the Street Club, and the National Parks Conservation Association. He also runs a foundation with his wife, the Chicago Hearing Society’s “Hear the Cheers” initiative.