While most are content with a hot drink and a blanket, flipping through tales of pirates and the ancient Templars, stories aren’t enough for others: Rick Lagina is one such person. The mysterious legend of Oak Island has its roots stretching back more than 200 years to 1797. A Canadian settler, McGinnis, was looking for Oak Island when a dying crewmember of the nefarious Captain Kidd told him there was a fortune hidden on the island. While some may believe this was the last evil outlaw hoax worth no more than attic dust, others still believe the island is home to bountiful treasures.
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When Rick and his brother learned of this legend, they immediately put their lavish money to determine the authenticity of these claims and (hopefully) excavate Oak Island’s treasure.
Early life and family
Rick Lagina was born on January 25, 1954 in Kongsford, Michigan, USA to George Jacob Lagina and Ann Lagina-Cavalieri. He has a younger brother, Martin and a sister Matina Lagina. The family was exceptionally close, which allowed the brothers to start a lucrative business. While most of us can remember not being sure which direction our lives would take growing up, Rick is able to pinpoint the exact moment his life changed – he was reading the January 1965 issue of Reader’s Digest when he came across a compelling article about the Oak Island mystery.
Captivated by the mystique of the legend, he then decided that he would make it his life’s work to excavate that treasure.
For Oak Island
Before his adventures on Oak Island began, Rick had a very inauspicious start. While his brother Marty had a steady career in engineering and ran a winery and turbine business, Rick worked for the US Postal Delivery Service. This was far from his dreams of greatness and discovery, but for now there were few options for him. That is, until 2006, when his brother agreed to help him achieve his dreams.
Oak Island Tours Inc.
In 2006, Marty and Rick Lagina bought a 50% stake in Oak Island Tours incl. The company owns a majority of Oak Island – a spectacular 78% – and generates impressive revenues from the tourism industry. This was the launch Rick needed to start the life he’d always wanted. Although Rick had always been a staunch believer, Marty was somewhat skeptical, but Rick was soon able to prove him wrong. Once they qualified for their treasure-hunting permit, they began to find objects of real historical significance, if not outright value, propagating the legend—and curse—of Oak Island.
Why Oak Island?
What is the allure of this island in Nova Scotia? What has lured hundreds of people to its shores for more than two centuries? More importantly, what does the curse that haunts this island say?
While the legend began with McGinnis, it is believed to stretch far back in time to the Templars, who went on a pilgrimage as early as 1119. If we are to believe the stories are true, they were hidden on the island by the Templars are two of the most elusive items in history: the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail. This is not all that is said to be buried on the island, as it is believed that a wide range of cultural and historical treasures are also hidden there.
The fabulous jewels of Maria Antionette and the original manuscripts of William Shakespeare are just two more examples. The truth is that no one knows what is fact and what is fiction, and therein lies the attraction.
The Oak Island curse is a fascinating feature that surfaced about a century ago. Although the origin of the curse is unknown, it is believed that seven men will die before the treasure can be found. While most dismiss this as superstition, the fact that six men died in pursuit of the island’s treasure only adds to the mystique and promise that Oak Island holds.
“The Curse of Oak Island”
“The Curse of Oak Island” premiered on January 5, 2014 and has continued successfully ever since.
Produced by Prometheus Entertainment and broadcast on the History Channel, the show documents the efforts of teams combing Oak Island for the rumored treasure — primarily funded by the Lagina brothers, of course. While some may find the show frustrating, the teams have uncovered significant finds over the years. Some of these – such as a metal cross and two skeletons of Middle Eastern origin – encouraged the conversion of theory and speculation into fact. However, the promised shiploads of treasure have yet to be unearthed, so the show is still full of speculation and guesswork about the island’s history, fueling a new passion for treasure hunting in popular culture.
Information about Rick’s personal life is as elusive as the treasure on Oak Island. Rick Lagina leads a private life and has not shared any information with the public about his relationships and hobbies. While it is widely believed that he is unmarried and childless, thus remaining single, this has yet to be confirmed.
Rick Lagina has aged exceptionally and many are surprised to discover that he is in his late 60s. Rick has dark thick and wavy hair that he combines with a stark white beard. He has brown eyes and tends to wear narrow-rimmed glasses.
He is 1.79 m tall and weighs about 79 kg. He has a slim figure and seems to have a serious personality.
Net worth and salary
Before he and his brother held shares in Oak Island Tours Inc. Rick didn’t earn a high salary. In fact, it was only with the help of his brother that they were able to make the purchase. As a result of the success of “The Curse of Oak Island” and the revenues from the tourism industry, Rick’s net worth has increased to $2 million as of mid-2020. While this is nowhere near his brother’s $40 million, it still represents an impressive and inspiring journey through another life.