He’s got a lot of mouths to feed! Kody Brown is the patriarch of the polygamous Brown family, as fans of TLC’s hit reality TV series Sister Wives know. Kody has four wives — Meri BrownJanelle BrownChristine Brown and Robyn Brown — and 18 children, which means the 50-year-old had four mortgages, four sets of household bills, four adults and tons of children to provide for. So, what exactly does Kody do for a living? Keep scrolling for info about Kody’s occupation and how he makes enough money to support his family.

When we first met the Browns in 2010, Kody and his wives Janelle, 50, and Meri, 48, were all working — though Meri lost her job soon after. Kody was never clear about what he did for a living, though he’d make mention of some sort of online ad sales work. Before that, Kody was the president of Das Hundhaus Firearms and Accessories, according to E! News. It appears that he’s no longer involved in any of those previous jobs, and instead, the family has been living off their earnings from the TLC reality series.

Exactly how much money that is isn’t clear. Reality producer Terence Michael has estimated that reality families earn about 10 percent of a show’s per-episode budget. TLC is said to spend anywhere between $250,000 and $400,000 per episode on its shows, which means the Browns take in $25,000 to $40,000. The show has run 152 episodes over its 14 seasons, which would’ve made them, at minimum, just under $4 million. That’s not even factoring in earnings from side projects, like the wives’ online jewelry and clothing boutique, My Sister Wife’s Closet.

That said, with 23 total mouths to feed, that money doesn’t go a long way. In fact, Celebrity Net Worth reports Kody’s worth to be $800,000. It’s nothing to scoff at for the normal person, but given what they should’ve made through the years, it’s a surprisingly low number.

Part of that likely has to do with the financial issues the family has faced since before the show, including Kody and Meri’s bankruptcy filing in 2005, and Christine’s in 2010.

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Things only got worse in 2014, when Robyn’s son Dayton got in a serious ATV accident that resulted in a major medical bill. Because of Kody’s reported six-figure debt, they were unable to pay the hospital, and a lien was put on their home until the debt was settled a year later. By 2015, it seemed like their finances were under control. But now, with the family renting four separate homes in Flagstaff, Arizona while they waited for their four Las Vegas homes to sell, it looks like their finances may be put under strain again.

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