An American reality TV personality, Jon Gosselin has appeared on a few television shows and is most recognized for appearing as himself in Jon & Kate Plus 8, alongside his now-ex-wife, Kate Gosselin, and their 8 children. Following his appearance on the show, Jon Gosselin’s net worth went off the ground, owing to the fact that he made quite a lot of money from it. However, since the end of his marriage to the mother of his children and the end of the show, Jon has not been as visible as Kate, leading to fan’s curiosity as to what he is up to these days and what his current net worth is.
Before we let you in on what Jon Gosselin’s net worth is today and how much he made from the show which made him known, it is only right that we give a brief background information about how the popular Jon & Kate Plus 8 reality TV show came to be, for the benefit of those who are not quite familiar with it.
Origin Of Jon & Kate Plus 8
Jon Gosselin met Kate Kreider on the 5th of October 1997, during a picnic organized by his company and from there, they began a relationship which eventually ended in marriage on June 12, 1999. They welcomed the first additions to their family on October 8, 2000, a set of twin daughters named Cara Nicole and Madelyn “Mady” Kate and on the 20th of May 2004, the couple became parents to six more children following the birth of their sextuplets, three sons – Aaden Jonathan, Collin Thomas, and Joel Kevin – and three daughters – Alexis Faith, Hannah Joy, and Leah Hope.
The birth of their sextuplets paved way for Jon and Kate Gosselin to appear in two Discovery Health special, first, Surviving Sextuplets and Twins, and a year later, Sextuplets and Twins: One Year Later. Both specials showed what their lives were like raising a set of twins and sextuplets. By the time the sextuplets were 17 months old, the half-hour specials had become so successful that Discovery Health Channel offered the couple an opportunity to have their own reality television series titled Jon & Kate Plus 8.
See How Much He Made From ‘Jon & Kate Plus 8’
Jon & Kate Plus 8 premiered on April 4, 2007, with its first two seasons airing on the Discovery Health Channel before it was moved to TLC, where it turned out to become one of the network’s highest-rated shows. The success of the show translated to millions of dollars for Jon Gosselin and according to CelebrityNetWorth.com, he earned a salary of $22,500 per episode and made appearances in a total of 108 episodes, bringing his salary to a total of $2,430,000.
As revealed in a book written by Kate Gosselin titled Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled The World, they were initially paid just $2,000 per episode on TLC but by 2009, that amount had grown to $22,500 for each 30-minute episode, according to a report by The International Business Times. The success of the show opened doors for numerous other opportunities such as speaking engagements which made the couple tour the country, earning between $25,000 and $40,000 for their appearances.
Despite achieving so much together, Jon and Kate Gosselin’s marriage hit the rock and sequel to the announcement that they were headed for divorce in 2009, things got very ugly between them. They were eventually declared legally free to move on that same year, however, due to the fact that they were not living together anymore, coupled with the bad blood between them, the show packed up as it had become difficult to keep filming. In 2010, the series came back on the air with the new name Kate Plus 8. Although it centered on Kate raising their kids as a divorced mother, Jon also made a few appearances.
Sadly, Jon Gosselin’s net worth took a nosedive because of his divorce and unlike his ex-wife who managed to make a full return to television after the end of their marriage, he was only seen with his ex-girlfriend on VH1’s Couples Therapy. This has led to questions about his current financial standing and if there is anything left of his salary from Jon & Kate Plus 8. Well, it is a fact that Jon has not had it easy since his failed marriage. Today, his net worth that was once calculated in millions has reduced to a mere $10,000.
He has worked a number of jobs since his exit from television, including working as a solar panel installer for an energy company located in Pennsylvania and as a waiter in two local restaurants. Most recently, he has been trying his hands at disc jockey, in addition to working as a cook for a T.G.I. Friday’s on the side.