Who is FaZe Banks?

Richard ‘Ricky’ Bengston, better known online as FaZe Banks or Ricky Banks, was born on 18 October 1991 under the zodiac sign of Libra, in Lawrence, Massachusetts USA. He’s a 32-year-old gamer, digital content creator, vlogger, and YouTuber, who gained recognition for being a professional “Call Of Duty” player, and CEO of the renowned gaming collective FaZe Clan.

 

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How rich is he? FaZe Banks’ Net Worth

As of the latter part of 2023, FaZe’s net worth is estimated at over $13 million; acquired through his prosperous internet-based career as an influential figure on the social media scene. He’s made his fortune through a combination of numerous sponsorships, brand endorsements, video monetization, diverse advertisements, and partnerships with fellow professional gamers and social media personalities.

Early Life, Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Religion, Educational Background

FaZe Banks spent his formative years in his hometown of Lawrence until the age of seven, when the family moved to Lowell, Massachusetts. He was raised by his parents, however, he has maintained privacy about them, keeping their names and professions undisclosed to the public, despite which, it’s known that his father passed away in March 2023. Speaking about his siblings, FaZe has never revealed whether he’s an only child of his parents or not. He holds American nationality and belongs to the White Caucasian ethnic group. In terms of religion, he declares his affiliation with Christianity.

Looking at his educational background, FaZe went to Lowell High School, from which he matriculated in 2010; any further education is unknown.

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Rise to Fame on YouTube as a Gamer

FaZe ventured into the world of social media in September 2011 when his YouTube journey officially started. Inspired to share his gaming experience, he established his channel on the platform under the username ‘BanksHasBank’, which he later renamed into ‘FaZe Banks’.  His debut video, entitled “The Single Greatest SoaRing In Style”, was uploaded in October of the same year. At the very beginning of his YouTube career, his content focused on creating short clips showcasing trick shots he performed in the highly popular video game “Call Of Duty”.

He continued to post engaging content related to video games, which eventually led him to start attracting more attention from fellow gaming enthusiasts. At the time, he was a member of the esports gaming organization SoaR. Subsequently, FaZe made the transition to FaZe Clan in 2013, which propelled him to stardom overnight. This decision marked a turning point in his YouTube career, establishing him as a prominent figure in the gaming world. FaZe eventually added more content to his channel – in addition to sharing videos centered on “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” and “Call of Duty: Black Ops III”, he expanded his content by adding videos of himself playing “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive”..

In 2017, FaZe founded a YouTube collaborative group called CloutGang. After moving into the Clout House that year, he started creating vlogs together with other YouTube personalities and vloggers who resided with him, such as RiceGum, Sommer Ray, Alissa Violet, and Wolfie, among others. Besides that, he also added reaction videos and Q&As to his content. He’s produced a number of immensely popular videos, including a series entitled “Mom’s Basement”, “FaZe Banks Sundays”, and more.

With more than 175 videos on his channel, FaZe has successfully accumulated over five million subscribers, and an impressive total of more than 411 million views. Some of his most viewed videos include “REACTING TO MY GIRLFRIENDS VINES (Alissa Violet)”, “24 HOURS IN AN ELEVATOR w/ RiceGum”, and “REACTING TO MY GIRLFRIENDS MUSICAL.LYS (Alissa Violet)”, to name a few. Despite his enormous success on YouTube, FaZe decided to step away from his channel and quit his YouTube career in 2019; he hasn’t posted anything there since.

FaZe Clan CEO

Even though he is not active on YouTube anymore, FaZe continues to advance his career in FaZe Clan, a prominent Los Angeles-based professional esports and entertainment organization. It was founded on 30 March 2010 by three notable “Call Of Duty” players – Ben ‘Resistance’ Christensen, Jeff ‘House Cat’ Emann, and Eric ‘CLipZ’ Rivera. Since joining the organization in 2013, FaZe Banks has distinguished himself among other members, so he was eventually promoted to serve as its CEO in October 2023. Additionally, he is actively involved into recruiting new talents for the organization.

Other Social Media Platforms – Instagram and X

Speaking about his presence across other social media platforms, FaZe is active on Instagram, on which he runs his official account under the username ‘banks’, which he utilizes to share photos and moments with his friends. He has an impressive following count there of more than 2.8 million. Besides that, he maintains his official account under the same moniker ‘@Banks’ on the X platform, formerly known as Twitter, on which he has accumulated over 2.7 million followers to date.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

FaZe Banks has short light brown hair and blue eyes. He stands at a height of 6ft 6ins (1.98m), and weighs around 194lbs (88kgs), with a chest size of 42, waist 32, and biceps 14. His shoe size is 12 (US). FaZe is recognized as a huge tattoo fan since he has inked numerous tattoos all over his body. Speaking further about his appearance, FaZe always wears a hat in public and the reason for that is a bald spot he has on his head.

Personal Life and Hobbies

When it comes to speaking about FaZe’s personal life, it’s known that he was in a relationship with fellow social media star, model, and actress Alissa Violet. They became romantically involved back in 2017, but after two years of dating, the two ended their romance in 2019 after she accused him of cheating on her with other women. Since then, he hasn’t been linked to any other girl, so his fans believe that he’s currently single. His residence is in the FaZe house located in Los Angeles, California, where he lives alongside fellow members of the organization.

Regarding his hobbies, FaZe enjoys spending his leisure time in creating music, showcasing his talents as a songwriter, composer, and producer.

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