TV stars, wine entrepreneurs, writers, real estate developers, restaurateurs, clothing designers, philanthropists: Giuliana and Bill Rancic have nailed all of those – together. As in they work and live together as husband and wife, starting companies and charities. Giuliana, who underwent a double mastectomy for breast cancer, has lived on both sides of what it means to give back.
Bill and Giuliana Rancic.
On October 22, she and Bill will host the third annual UnMask Cancer Gala, benefiting the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. We caught up with Giuliana to chat about dreams, survival, business, and being part of a turbo-charged couple.
BC: You have got to be one of the most insane power couples ever. GR: You are too kind. Bill and I work really well together. He’s definitely taught me a lot about being an entrepreneur, and how to make a dream a reality.
BC: Give us the full list of your endeavors. GR: We launched XOG Wine, which is a wine that we have at various retailers from Walmart to Walgreens. We have a clothing line at HSN called G by Giuliana. We have restaurants – RPM Steak and RPM Italian, with more on the way. We started a charity called Fab-U-Wish, where we grant fabulous wishes to women with breast cancer. Those are some of our biggest things.
BC: Giuliana, you went through a lot with your breast cancer. How did your life change? GR: Yes, you know, for me it became much better because it turned the volume down on all the things that didn’t really matter, and turned up the volume on all the things that do. My priorities changed in every way. I want to fill my days with things that make me feel good and that I truly love doing.
BC: But how do you go from a high profile TV career to a full-on entrepreneur? GR: I moved to this country from Naples, Italy as a little girl. My father was chasing the American dream. He wanted the best for his family. He was a tailor with an amazing work ethic that I hope rubbed off on me. My husband, Bill, believes in that too. He says, “No dream is too big for you.” I truly believe that half the battle to becoming successful is believing you can do it – not having one ounce of doubt.
BC: We are excited to welcome you in Boston on October 22 for UnMask Cancer! GR: We are, too! We had the pleasure to meet Sam and Jessica Slater [co-sponsors of the event along with Herb Chambers], and were delighted to support this event. Having been through cancer, I – with Bill – jump on every opportunity to raise awareness. When you can combine charity with a great time, a fun night, it’s a win-win.
Join us on Saturday, October 22, 2016, 8p.m.–midnight; Mandarin Oriental, Boston; 776 Boylston St. Purchase tickets hereand follow along with #unmaskcancer on Instagram and Twitter.