Now that 19 Kids and Counting is a thing of the past, it looks like Jim Bob Duggar is focused on being a father and realtor. As a result, he’s not earning nearly as much as he could have been if the TLC series was still on the air. Apparently, this patriarch isn’t raking in any residuals, but TheRichest still estimates his net worth to be an impressive $3.6 million.
Now, the 52-year-old is living a low-profile life with wife Michelle — teaching grandparenting seminars and seeing his children down the aisle. In fact, the last time he really made headlines was a year ago, when the couple got custody of their great-nephew.
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So that makes it, what, 20 Kids and Counting? Jim Bob better hope that real estate business of his is still lucrative! After attending a financial seminar more than 25 years ago, the 5-foot-11 Arkansan started investing in property, and by 2001, he didn’t even need to work a full-time job, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.
From 1999 to 2002, he served in the Arkansas House of Representatives, and in 2002, he ran in the Republican primary election for the United States Senate. He lost that race, though, and lost the Republican nomination for Arkansas State Senate in 2006.
But forget his real estate and political career. What really made Jim Bob famous were his kids! In 2008, TLC premiered what was then called 17 Kids and Counting, a reality show about Jim Bob, Michelle, and their ever-expanding family. These days, the duo still has a bunch of off-spring to raise… but they have no more reality show to their name (excluding their older children’s spin-off, Counting On).
TLC pulled the plug on 19 Kids and Counting in May 2015 after In Touch reported that eldest child Josh Duggar had molested five girls when he was a teen, including some of his sisters. And the cable channel also stopped airing reruns of the show, meaning Jim Bob and Michelle aren’t getting a consistent flow of money from the network anymore. Still, he’s doing pretty well for himself. A few million is enough for retirement, right? Maybe not when you have 20 children…