Swedish-born Fredrik Eklund has made quite the name for himself as the number one real estate agent in New York City and as one of the most popular reality stars of Bravo TV.
The 37-year-old and his team sold $1.1b worth in real estate in 2014, ABC News reported. His show, Million Dollar Listing New York, is airing its fourth series and he just released a book called The Sell. Eklund has also founded a high-end residential real estate brokerage in Scandinavia called "Eklund Stockholm New York," Inman reported.
His real estate company, which counts several celebrities as clients, has benefited from the TV show, Eklund said. According to Eklund, he and his team make 2.5% commission for each apartment he sells.
The success has allowed Eklund to live a lavish lifestyle, he told Nightline earlier this month. However, he noted that he arrived to the US "with nothing". He briefly did gay porn before becoming a real estate agent.
"I got an email, and I was very young, and I said, 'OK, I'll try it.' I tried it and I was done," Eklund said about his brief stint with gay porn. "It's not something that I'm proud of, but I'm not ashamed of it, either. I'm very neutral to it. I never really think of it anymore. I was worried when I did it that I would meet someone that I would fall in love with someone who would say uh-huh. So thank goodness I met Derek who doesn't care. He loves me."
According to ABC News, Eklund and his artist husband Derek Kaplan are now planning to start a family. Eklund said, "I think the biggest goal of my entire life has been to have a family, and that's something that's happening now. That's going to change everything."