Richard Simmons is a 67-year-old fitness guru with a big personality and a lot of money. The entrepreneur is famous for his classic aerobics series, Sweatin to the Oldies, and has an estimated net worth of $15 million. Where does all that money come from? What does he do with it?
Read on to find out.
1. He Has Helped People Lose 12,000,000 Pounds
Simmons is an advocate for living and conducting a healthy lifestyle. His eccentric personality has lent to success both financially and in the entertainment industry, where he has found success as an actor and comedian.
Simmons’ interest in health began in the 1970s, when he moved to Los Angeles and found himself upset with the fad diets that people had adopted. He opened up his own studio called the Anatomy Asylum, where he tried to reinforce positivity and a healthy atmosphere.
2. He Had an Emmy-Award Winning Talk Show
The Richard Simmons Show was the fitness expert’s Emmy Award-winning talk show, on which he discussed anything and everything related to fitness, health, food, and more. The show was a hit, and led to invitations to appear on SNL, Whose Line Is It, Anyways?, Arrested Development, and even on the soap opera General Hospital.
3. He Has Been Absent From Social Media Over the Past Five Years
According to Earn the Necklace, Simmons has been “suspiciously” inactive for the past five years. Rumors have circulated that he has been held hostage by his housekeeper, and on Friday, he was hospitalized for “bizarre” behavior. US Weekly writes, “In March, the workout expert’s close friend told the New York Daily News that Simmons, who has been out of the public eye for about two years, was being held hostage by his longtime housekeeper, Teresa Reveles.” Earn Necklace added on, “This news is certainly affecting Richard Simmons’ net worth, as his absence is now being heavily investigated by media and his followers alike.”
4. He Hosted a Radio Show on Sirius Radio For Three Years
For 3 years, Simmons was the host of a radio show on Sirius Stars, called Lighten Up With Richard Simmons. In 2008, a fan of the show emailed Richards customer service manager, and was told that it had been cancelled.
“Like I said I do love Sirius, it totally rocks, but hey I’ve gotta say that they really messed up by canceling Richard Simmons. He offers heartfelt, sincere weight loss motivation and support to millions of people out there who need it, many of whom I’m sure subscribed to Sirius just for that reason!”
5. He Has Written Multiple Books
Simmons has also made a fair bit of money with his many books, like Farewell to Fat, Steam Away the Pounds, and The Better Body Book. He has written over twelve of them– including cookbooks where he gives away super healthy recipes that promote weight loss. He has also released audio cassettes, CDs, DVDs, video cassettes, and vinyls that have certainly contributed to his overall net worth.