12: Ryan Friedlinghaus
Ryan Friedlinghaus is perhaps most well known for his role in the production of ‘Pimp My Ride.’ But the show wouldn’t have been possible with the expertise or shop of Friedlinghaus’s business, West Coast Customs. The company, which was founded using a $5000 loan from his grandfather, ended up reaching all kinds of stardom.
Most celebrities and athletes have come to Friedlinghaus to have their custom car work done. There is no relationship between West Coast Choppers and West Coast Customs, but Friedlinghaus did build a custom two-door Chevy truck for Jesse James. The two companies are often compared as they’re from the same era of television.