Since their once wholesome days on 19 Kids and Counting, the Duggar clan has certainly seen their fair share of struggles. Surprisingly, the patriarch of the large family Jim Bob Duggar‘s net worth has seemingly been unaffected after TLC made him a millionaire.
What Is Jim Bob Duggar’s Net Worth?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Jim Bob’s net worth sits at a staggering $3.5 million.
He Was a Reality TV Star
Jim Bob, along with his wife, Michelle Duggar, has appeared in documentaries and reality TV show programs since 2004, starting with 14 Children and Pregnant Again followed by TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting from 2008 to 2015. Following Josh’s cheating scandal, and the revelation that he inappropriately touched five underage girls, including some of his sisters, when he was a teenager, which In Touch learned after securing a police report from 2006, the show was canceled.
Jim Bob then appeared in the show’s spinoff, which did not feature Josh regularly, Counting On from 2015 to 2021. The show was canceled after Josh was arrested and charged with receiving and possessing child pornography in April. According to Cinema Blend, before taxes, Jim Bob was taking in around $1.7 million a year from Counting On.
It was previously reported that Jim Bob was earning an estimated $25,000 to $45,000 per episode. However, in her 2023 memoir Counting the Cost, daughter Jill Dillard (née Duggar) revealed that Jim Bob’s income from TLC was drastically higher.
Jill detailed the family’s 2014 contract with the network, claiming Mad Family – Jim Bob’s company – was to be paid $50k per half hour episode and $65k per hour long episode. The payments would increase to $58k and $73k if the show reached four seasons. Jill and husband Derick Dillard calculated that Jim Bob was paid $8 million between 2014 and 2018.
The former reality star also claimed that she did not receive compensation for her time on 19 Kids and Counting or Counting On until she quit and got an attorney. During her appearance on Prime Video’s Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets in June 2023, Jill spilled more tea and revealed they were tricked by Jim Bob into signing a contract with TLC the day before her 2014 wedding.
“I just saw the signature page. It was like on the end of the kitchen table. Like, ‘Hey, I just need you guys to sign these,’” she recalled. “Like everybody was signing them. We were literally running through the kitchen, and it was like whoever you could grab on the way through. I didn’t know what it was for.”
“For seven and a half years of my adult life, I was never paid,” she added. The couple “finally resolved” the financial issue and received $175k in January 2023, years after quitting.
He Is Involved In Real Estate
Jim Bob’s parents owned a real estate brokerage in Springdale, Arkansas, and the father of 19 seemingly followed in their footsteps. In 2014, the TLC alum purchased a 10,186-square-foot mansion for $230,000. After renovations, the family sold the house for $1.53 million in 2020. The Sun reports that Jim Bob has bought other pieces of property and upsold them after renovations. The outlet estimated his “real estate empire” is worth $6.2 million.
He Had a Political Career
Despite losing the Republican primary for Arkansas State Senate three times, the most recent just weeks after his son Josh was found guilty on child pornography charges, Jim Bob did have a political career. Between 1999 and 2002, the reality TV star served in the Arkansas House of Representatives for the sixth District. He was vicechair of the House Corrections and Criminal Law Subcommittee and participated on the committees for Insurance and Commerce and Judiciary. In 1999, members of congress had a salary of $136,700 per year. In 2002, the amount had risen to $150,000. An inflation calculator suggests that $150,000 in 2002 would be worth $231,752 in 2021. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the average annual salary for a U.S. citizen in 2021 is $52,052.
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