Maybe we should ask Joan Rivers how she got so rich?
Comedy gigs, books, selling beads and bangles and baubles and hair shadowing products . . . can we talk? She’s worth a fortune.
This Rivers’ riches is now deeper since she signed on for the second six-episode season of TV Land’s How’d You Get So Rich? The show, “back and better than ever” as the top TV honchos promise, features Joan coming face-to-face with people who have made lots of money.
The half-hour series premieres Wednesday, May 5, and features a visit from JR’s chum Donald Trump, who advises on how to make millions. Also on the first show: John Paul DeJoria who created Paul Mitchell Hair products.
From the amazing stories of four billionaires (think the creator of Hawaiian Tropic suntan lotion to cookie queen Mrs. Fields), all these millionaires made their riches in really interesting ways. And Joan finds out how.
“I’m so happy to have me back hosting for a season that is bigger and better than last year’s,” says Joan. “We have billionaires that started with nothing. And one millionaire literally washed his clothes in a river! These stories are so inspiring because if these people can do it, any of us can. The only thing that can make this show even better is if one of these Richie’s turns out to be beyond wealthy, single, with no living relatives . . .and gets really turned on by a television hostess who uses a walker at home.”
[Laugh here. Optional.]
Among the fascinating stories featured on the show are four people who are on the current Forbes list of richest people in the world; three who didn’t even have indoor plumbing and one millionaire who has a 100 acre home–the size of The University of Texas!
Other fascinating stories on “How’d You Get So Rich?” this season include:
Allen Simon dropped out of school in the ninth grade, but while working at a pet store in Brooklyn he came up with a million-dollar idea…a new and improved way to housebreak a puppy. His “Four-Paws Wee Wee Pads” are a flat, diaper-like pad that is chemically treated to aid in housebreaking dogs. He currently has sales of more than $30 million a year, making them the number one selling doggy pad in the world.
Grant Cardone was a partier who was into drinking and drugs; he even got fired from his job working at a local McDonalds! When he turned 25 he remembered his father’s dying words, “learn how to sell,” so he taught himself to do just that and brought that information to people via public speaking, CDs and DVDs. His newest book is titled, “If You’re Not First, You’re Last!,” and this motto that has helped him amass his $100 million fortune.
And then there’s Maria Peeve and an example of sweet revenge against the guy who dumped her. She got a dog to cheer her up…and that pup inspired her to create a line of clothing for dogs. She now manufactures a dozen different specialty lines sold in more than 8,000 retail stores, and her purr-fact biz is worth more than $45 million!
We’ll meet Joe Pedott, the inventor of the Chia Pet and the Clapper.
But we save the biggest case of clap for last.
This season of How’d You Get So Rich? takes a closer look at TV Land’s own Joan Rivers, the daughter of immigrant Russian parents. She created her own brand of irreverent, unconventional comedy and fought her way to stardom playing tawdry New York clubs, cabarets and Borscht Belt hotels. She launched her first line of beauty products in 2000 on QVC and later a jewelry line which has since earned a record-breaking $750 million dollars in sales to date.
No, no. It’s not Who Cares? It’s How’d You Get So Rich?
More about dead celebs! My book, MORBID CURIOSITY: The Disturbing Demises of the Famous and Infamous, has gotten rave reviews from celebs not dead . . . yet.
“Alan has written a very funny, very clever book-it’s shocking and sinful, and I couldn’t put it down. He leaves no gravestone unturned, nothing buried. Morbid Curiosity is part Six Feet Under, part Mad magazine. It’ll make a killing!” – Joan Rivers
“Morbid Curiosity is a cornucopia of Hollywood gossip and tidbits, much more humorous than macabre, delivered from a different point of view than any book I’ve read about celebs. It’s breezy, pithy, informative, odd and, despite its subject matter, certain to amuse.” – Robert Osborne, host of Turner Classic Movies
“Even celebrities die, and they do so in far more grand-scale ways than mere mortals. Now that they’ve met their maker, they’ve also found their chronicler, Alan W. Petrucelli. He unearths the demises of the rich and infamous-from Valentino to Heath Ledger and beyond-with detailed research, dishy wit and insight. This book is to die for!” – Michael Musto