Author: Bob McCullough

McCullough

Bob McCullough is an experienced author, journalist and freelance writer. As a journalist he's worked for the Boston Globe, the Boston Phoenix, the LA Times, and Publishers Weekly.

True billionaires aren’t exactly rare these days, but they’re a lot more common than they used to be. And few have followed the kind of jagged path taken by Chamath Palihapitiya. A Sri Lanka native whose family moved to Canada when he was just five years old. From humble beginnings, Chamath Palihapitiya now has a net worth of $1.2 billion. Early Life and Career Beginnings Palihapitiya’s early struggles played a strong part in his desire to accumulate wealth. His first job was at Burger King, while his mother worked as a housekeeper. His father struggled to hold a job, but Palihapitiya’s…

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Ask any comedian or comedy writer about the path to fame and fortune, and they’ll probably tell you it’s a long and winding road that comes with plenty of hard work plus a few lucky breaks. Oh, and don’t quit your day job, just in case you were thinking about doing that. For Joe Mele, TikTok has been the vehicle to comedic fame. He’s become a star for his family-related skits, and Mele has definitely tapped into the power of viral videos, which have given him a huge following of over 25.9 million and a net worth of $500,000. So…

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If you’ve ever fallen into one of those TikTok dance-videos rabbit holes – and who among us hasn’t had a weak moment when that’s happened? – you’ve probably encountered Paige Taylor. In many ways, Taylor was born for TikTok, and that platform was created for her. Her journey to become a TikTok celeb is mostly typical, but it does feature some twists and turns that make her at least slightly interesting, so let’s explore. Early Days Growing up in LA, the now 20-year old loved to dance, to the point where she participated in several dance groups as well as…

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TikTok influencers come and go, and most don’t have the staying power to capitalize on their sudden fame and turn it into a genuine career. Stefana Avara is definitely an exception to that rule. She has been recognized for being among the top 28 fitness influencers on TikTok, Avara is doing far more than just using her stunning looks, physique and workout posts to rack up more followers. The native of Romania is 22 now, and every move Avara makes indicates that she’s in it for the long haul. So let’s take a more detailed look at her journey into…

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Louis Theroux is an entertaining journalist that has developed a cult-like following over the years due to the success of his documentaries. It would be hard to find many people online who don’t have a soft spot for the lanky Englishman. His awkward presence and unusual interviewing style are a joy to watch! Theroux’s ability to ask tough questions politely and witty humor always makes me chuckle! My Scientology Movie (2015) Scientology is a subject that has fascinated Louis Theroux for years. A religion created by a science fiction writer, and run by a mysterious leader, David Miscavige. After multiple failed attempts…

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One of the more appealing myths of American history is the idea of pioneers heading west, then striking it rich as part of the original Gold Rush. This great concept has sparked a thousand stories in both movies and novels, and one of the latest spins on this tale is Gold Rush, the reality TV series on the Discovery Channel. The concept is generally a little different when it gets updated, of course. Rather than focus exclusively on individuals, Gold Rush pits several family-run mining companies against one another as they struggle to strike gold in Alaska and the Yukon…

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James Murray, Brian Quinn, Sal Vulcano, and (formerly) Joe Gatto are known for starring in Impractical Jokers, a hidden camera show. The comedy group is notorious for its hilarious sketches and pranks. The show has earned them both fame and fortune. The Impractical Jokers cast have a combined net worth of $28 million! Who Are the Impractical Jokers? Gatto, Murray, Quinn, and Vulcano are buddies and former classmates from Monsignor Farrell High School. The four of them are lifelong friends and grew up together in Staten Island, New York. In 1999, Joe, Murr, and Sal became the founding members of…

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If you’re a fan of “Stranger Things,” you likely know Brett Gelman as the guy who provides comic relief as a rather, um, “special” ex-journalist and conspiracy theorist whose appearances have become an integral part of the show’s success. If you’re a Gelman fan, though, you know him as a formidable comedic talent who has an amazingly long resume that many comics and actors would love to match. Gelman has been picked up as a regular for Season 4 of “Stranger Things,” so let’s take a quick journey through the twists and turns of his comedic career. Early Days Gelman…

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Producer Michael is a flamboyant YouTuber who enjoys showing off his wealth. Real name Michael Blakey, he is an accomplished record producer, composer, and songwriter. Producer Michael’s net worth is estimated to be $60 million. During his career, Blakey has worked with famous musicians such as Engelbert Humperdinck, Willie Nelson, and Eminem. Blakey is a prominent player in the music and film industry, contributing to 87 films and TV shows. Aside from that, he earns money from his YouTube channel and social media brand deals. Humble Beginnings Not much is known about Michael Blakey’s life before fame, but he was…

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Tom “durrrr” Dwan is a professional poker player infamous for his reckless style of play. He’s one of the few pros who isn’t afraid to lose millions of dollars at the table. Dwan has made millions playing online poker and has also found success at live tournaments. As of 2024, Tom Dwan has a net worth of $10 million. Background Hailing from Edison, New Jersey, Tom was born on July 30, 1986 and began playing online poker at 17 years old. He got $50 as a birthday present and deposited the cash at one of the first online card rooms,…

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