With the large success of Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness, it’s no shock followers are thirsty for extra. Information on among the key gamers can’t come quick sufficient. Such is the case with Jeff Lowe, how he makes his cash, and why he helped dissolve Joseph Maldonado-Passage’s (aka Joe Exotic) company. Here’s what we all know concerning the former zoo’s latest proprietor.
What is Jeff Lowe’s internet price?
Netflix’s seven-part docuseries Tiger King doesn’t essentially concentrate on the wealthy. One sizzling matter since its launch is how a lot cash among the stars have made — like Jeff Lowe — and the way.
When Maldonado-Passage closed the doorways to his zoo and dissolved the company, Jeff and Lauren Lowe took over. They’re within the technique of rebranding the zoo as The Oklahoma Zoo. Animals will transfer to a 55-acre plot in Thackerville, Oklahoma this summer time.
Lowe’s internet price previous to changing into a zoo proprietor lies in his previous profession as a supervisor for celeb stuntmen, Evel and Robbie Knievel. Though his precise internet price on the time is unknown, he doubtless obtained a lower of their earnings which, on the time, was a mixed $13 million.
He’s additionally owned pet companies in Colorado and Las Vegas and had a series of low cost retail shops
Recent numbers point out Lowe’s precise internet price can be unknown. However, a report by way of Cinemaholic reveals Lowe’s numbers had been within the thousands and thousands in 2016. With the newly acquired zoo, and Tiger King fame — to not point out his work on Cameo — some estimate his internet price round $5 million to $10 million.
Here’s how Lowe makes his cash
As talked about in Tiger King, Lowe’s grandfather based Robin’s Brothers Circus in 1928. With that, he’s had a variety of expertise round huge cats and even obtained some as birthday items in prior years.
Lowe and Maldonado-Passage crossed paths when Lowe tried to buy a cub from Maldonado-Passage. He finally realized the dire circumstances and opted to make Maldonado-Passage a suggestion he couldn’t refuse — to dissolve the company and take possession of the zoo.
Part of this stems from Maldonado-Passage’s ongoing authorized battle with animal rights activist, Carole Baskin. He racked up $1 million in payments and was pressured to file chapter.
This ended with Maldonado-Passage’s alleged murder-for-hire plot in opposition to Baskin during which Lowe turned the official informant that landed Maldonado-Passage behind bars. [Maldonado-Passage] is at present serving a 22-year sentence.
Lowe makes his cash now because the CEO of the zoo. Admission runs $15 per individual with particular packages at $50 per individual. Exotic animal excursions are round $55 per individual, non-public playtime at $80 per individual, and a VIP behind-the-scenes tour that runs $175 per individual.
As for his work with Cameo — paid customized video shoutouts from celebrities — he and his spouse are charging $150 per video.
Directors have their very own opinion on Lowe’s ‘new’ zoo
Appearances could be deceiving. One of the creators of the sequence, Eric Goode, mentioned regardless of any success Lowe’s had, the zoo’s present state is in query.
“All I can tell you is that he [Lowe] is basically operating on fumes. No one is going now and there’s no source of income, and that’s been going on for a long time,” Goode instructed Entertainment Weekly.
“But I think that it’s very sad what’s happening to these animals. Some will be placed but I would suspect a lot of them will die from starvation, and probably be put down.”
Lowe echoed as a lot throughout an look on Lights Out with David Spade.
“The attention that thing has brought will fill the bank account back up for a while, but it’s always depleted in the downtime. When people don’t come to the zoo in the winter and we’re spending $5,000 or $6,000 a week on food and $2,500 on veterinary care, we struggle,” he mentioned.
With that, Lauren beforehand instructed KOCO News Maldonado-Passage received’t be related to the brand new zoo.
“His name will not be mentioned,” she mentioned. “He will have nothing to do with the new facility. Going to let this place in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, die with him.”
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness is obtainable on Netflix now.