Latinos know of Nick Loeb for one reason: he’s Sofia Vergara’s longtime-love and fiancé. A near-constant figure by Vergara’s side, Loeb is perhaps best known recognized for the bombshell Colombian by his side than by virtue of his own achievements. Post award-show parties and Mexican getaways notwithstanding, Loeb, 38, is very much his own man – at least, according to a recent profile by the New York Times. We’ve always been fascinated by Loeb – after all, he’s the man that made Vergara freeze her eggs in hopes of having more children – and here are the top five things we learned about Nicholas M. Loeb, aka Mr. Sofia Vergara.
Loeb comes from serious money – and now sells crunchy onion topping:
Loeb’s father John Loeb Jr. is a businessman, one-time ambassador to Denmark and philanthropist who once gave Loeb 100 shares of Disney stock as a child so he learn how to invest just like his father, John Loeb Sr. – a “formidable investor” who once bequeathed $70.5 million to Harvard University. There was pressure for Loeb to perform to high standards – his sister went to Harvard – but Loeb went to Tulane University (where he earned a B+ average) and eventually moved to Los Angeles in hopes of becoming an actor. After leaving acting to work as a volunteer policeman in LA, Loeb briefly worked for Lehman Brothers – founded by his paternal grandmother’s family – in 2007 before creating a product called Onion Crunch, a battered, fried onion topping marketed for use on hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza and more. And he didn’t have to look too far for support for his start up, as Vergara counts herself as one of his most vocal supporters and financial investors.
He has a streak of tragedy in his past:
Loeb’s mother, Meta Harrsen divorced his father when he was just a year old. Loeb didn’t see his mother again until he was 9, reported the NY Times and after a “long silence” Loeb began to visit his mother as an adult, who had then been diagnosed as mentally ill. And in 1996 following her separation from her third husband, newspaper publisher Jeffrey Bauer, tragedy occurred: Harrsen shot Bauer to death in his New Jersey office before committing suicide.
He’s held political aspirations and might run for office (again!):
As a Republican, Loeb once ran (and lost) for city commissioner in New York City. In 2009, Loeb had his eyes set on a seat in the New York Senate, but eventually dropped out of the race because of his divorce from Swedish clothing store manager Anna Petterrson. He explained his decision to end his run because he didn’t think “it would be fair to the constituency to be going through a divorce and dealing with that while I’m trying to represent the people,” Loeb told the NY Times. But don’t discount Loeb from future races: he contemplated running for Senate seat in Florida and told reporters in 2011 that “in the future I will consider running for elective office again.”
He fell for Vergara – hard:
As Gloria Deglado-Pritchett, Vergara oftens shows off her comedic side with countless jokes and wisecracks. And it seems that the real Vergara is known for her sense of humor, a factor which helped her and Loeb form an early bond. “I was kind of a wiseguy and she was kind of a wisegirl,” Loeb told the NY Times of their first encounter through mutual friends in Los Angeles in 2010. Their pairing quickly turned serious when six months into their relationship, Vergara nursed Loeb to health after he suffered from a broken pelvis after a car accident. It was a “difficult time,” Vergara told the NY Times, but one that “made us closer together, to go through this, and seeing Nick recover from the accident made me admire him, because he was always in good spirits and worked hard to recover and never gave up.”
Vergara has called her fiancé “inappropriate” – and here’s why:
Loeb – who has recently introduced a new product, Pickle Crunch, to his line of condiments – once tried to get endorsement of Onion Crunch by President Obama in the most unlikely way. He accompanied Vergara on a trip with the rest of the “Modern Family” cast to the White House. Armed with a bottle of Onion Crunch, he had hoped to get a photo op with President Obama and his product but Vergara demanded that he “put that back in the car,” calling him “so inappropriate.” He eventually returned the bottle to the car, but did smuggle in packets of the condiment, which he gave to someone with “instructions to give them to the White House chef,” reported the NY Times.