Author: Bob McCullough

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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.

If you’re a foodie, you probably know Guy Fieri’s name. Heck, even if you’re not a foodie, you probably still know Fieri’s name. He’s one of the most famous restaurateurs out there, and given the success of the TV aspect of his career, there are times when it seems like he’s everywhere. Fieri’s food empire has allowed him to build wealth beyond his wildest imagination. As of 2023, Guy Fieri has a net worth of $50 million. Early Days Fieri was actually born in Columbus, Ohio in 1968, but he grew up in Humboldt County, California. He immediately displayed a…

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If you’re a fan of “Shark Tank,” part of the reason you like the show is due to the appeal of the basic concept. Who can resist the appeal of ordinary Joes and Janes, pitching their fledgling businesses and business ideas to a group of rich panelists, who give the idea or concept a thumbs up or down based on their success? But Shark Tank has a bit of a funky history, and there have always been rumors about hinky double dealings happening behind the scenes, which is hardly surprising given the amount of money the principles on screen represent…

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There comes a moment in the life of every career politician when moral imperatives intersect with the demands of political expediency. Most cede to the latter, but Liz Cheney definitely isn’t most politicians. Depending on which side of the fence you’re on, Cheney is either an authentic American hero or a vile villain. It takes some unusual twists and turns to shape that kind of journey. As of 2022, Liz Cheney has a net worth of $15 million. So let’s take an up close and personal look at how all of that played out for the senior representative from Wyoming.…

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The Gold & Silver Pawn Shop is a popular store in Las Vegas as it has featured on reality series Pawn Stars since 2009. The show’s success made the shop a tourist destination and Rick Harrison is the shrewd entrepreneur who owns the business. Currently, Rick Harrison has an estimated net worth of $9 million. Early Life Richard Harrison was born in Lexington, California, on March 22, 1965. His mother is Joanne Rhue, and his father is Richard Benjamin, aka “The Old Man”. Rick is one of their four children. When he was just two years old, their family moved…

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For some men, recognition enters their lives in mostly predictable ways. They become sports stars or famous politicians. Or maybe they become part of an important news event by being in the right place at the right time and acting as heroes. It’s safe to say that very few imagine achieving fame as the husband of one of the stars of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey, but that’s what happened to Luis Ruelas when he married Teresa Guidice. As that sentence implies, it’s an unusual journey, so let’s examine the path Ruelas took to become a famous Real Housewives…

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When it comes to entrepreneurs and motivation, few have more drive than Patrick Bet-David. The 44-year-old Iranian-American entrepreneur seems to get much of his drive from a stint in the US Army, which he joined right after high school, and that drive helped him to establish his fortune. As of 2023, Patrick Bet-David. has a net worth of $150 million. Bet-David was born in Iran in 1978 to parents of Armenian and Assyrian descent. He fled the country in the late 1980s with his father, and they lived in Germany for a brief period before moving to the US. After…

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For many of the women who appear on the “Real Housewives” series, the show is a vehicle to fame but not fortune. Nearly all of them go on to become household names in one way or another, but beyond that their lack of, um, skills tends to be a limiting factor. Sutton Stracke’s estimated net worth is $30 million, so it’s worth exploring how she differentiated herself from the rest of the Real Housewives pack. Early in her career, Stracke’s goal was to be a dancer. Born in Georgia in 1971, she studied at the Davidson Fine Arts high school,…

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The reality TV series Pawn Stars has become a staple show on the History channel. Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison is one of the main cast members and due to its success he’s expected to earn a hefty sum from the show. Currently, Corey Harrison has a net worth of $4 million. Early Life Corey Harrison was born on April 27, 1983, in Las Vegas, Nevada. His parents are Kim and fellow reality celebrity Rick Harrison. In addition, he has a brother Adam and a half-brother Jake. In 1989, Rick senior and his grandfather, “the Old Man” Harrison, established the iconic…

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When it comes to rich guys who happen to be smart, they generally run a dime a dozen. Few are as smart in the unique way that Jimmy Wales is smart – he is the founder of Wikipedia, after all, and he certainly qualifies. As of 2023, Jimmy Wales has a net worth of $15 million. As you might expect, Wales has a unique tale to tell, and it goes beyond the sanitized version you could probably look up on Wikipedia. As rich as Wales is, he takes an annual salary of exactly $0 a year, and that alone makes…

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Back in the day, they were known as touts. Then they became wise guys, and slowly they evolved into insiders. Who are we talking about? Why, sports betting experts, of course. They’re the people who go beyond the odds and help you pick the winners. Those picks come at a nominal price, of course, and for “Vegas Dave,” aka Dave Oancea, those picks have helped make him rich. As of 2022, Vegas Dave has an estimated net worth of $20 million. The majority of his wealth has come from making some savvy moves in the memorabilia market. Early Life The…

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