Richard Simmons during an interview on "The Tonight Show" with host Jay Leno on July 12, 1993
Richard Simmons' net worth in 2024 means he'll never have to sweat a trip to the bank.
The beloved fitness personality left public life a decade ago but made headlines in January 2024 when it was announced that Pauly Shore would play him in a biopic—and that made the normally outwardly cheerful and sweet Simmons slightly salty.
"Hi Everybody! You may have heard they may be doing a movie about me with Pauly Shore. I have never given my permission for this movie. So don’t believe everything you read."
Shore, who already stars as Simmons in a short called The Court Jester, told Variety of the full-length project, "I’m really excited about sharing Richard Simmons's life with the world. We all need this biopic now more than ever. Simmons represented mental health, getting people in shape and being his authentic silly self! Whenever he was on TV you could never take your eyes off of him and he brought such a joy to his appearances that represented nothing but a good time."
Shore's full biopic is still in the development stage, and time will tell if Simmons eventually hops on board with it (or if he'll get any of the proceeds at all). In the meantime, look back at Richard Simmons' net worth and how the ever-earnest star earned it.
How did Richard Simmons become famous?
Milton Teagle "Richard" Simmons was born on July 12, 1948, in New Orleans. He's joked that "lard was a food group and dessert was mandatory" for him growing up, and when he graduated high school, he weighed 268 pounds. Through moderation in his diet and exercising, he lost weight and set out to spread the joy of his healthy lifestyle to others.
Simmons moved to Los Angeles in 1973 and consulted with doctors, nutritionists and other professionals to create an exercise studio that was welcoming to all bodies, shapes, ages and fitness levels. His fitness studio opened in 1974, and he taught there until 2013 and kept it open until 2016.
The success and popularity of his fitness studio led Simmons to launch his own workout videos and audio tapes (65 in total), most famously Sweatin' to the Oldies. He became ubiquitous in pop culture, even starring in General Hospital for four seasons.
What is Richard Simmons' net worth in 2024?
Richard Simmons' net worth in 2024 is estimated to be in the $15 million to $30 million range, according to E! News. This encompasses not just his liquid financial assets, but also his entire fitness empire.
He's sold an estimated 20 million workout tapes, cassettes and DVDs overall, with Sweatin' to the Oldies alone grossing $200 million since its 1988 release, The New York Post reported. He wrote 12 books, three of which were New York Times bestsellers. He had his own talk show, aptly named The Richard Simmons Show, for four years, and a radio show for several years, in addition to popping up elsewhere in pop culture through film and TV cameos. The man even had his own weight loss cruise, dubbed Cruise to Lose!
Simmons also reportedly sold 160 million Deal-a-Meal diet plans and kept his Beverly Hills workout studio from 1974 to 2016. He also had a merchandising deal with Prominent Brand + Talent that experts estimate likely made at least $5 million to $10 million alone.
How many pounds did Richard Simmons lose?
Simmons reportedly lost over 100 pounds from his highest weight.
What ever happened to Richard Simmons?
Simmons battled an eating disorder before becoming famous, and his insecurities continued after he became a household name. He reportedly suffered pain from three hair transplant he got after his anorexia caused hair loss, and often worried that he'd be made fun of by other celebrities, including the late Suzanne Somers.
He retreated from the public eye in 2014, reportedly after undergoing knee surgery for a condition he'd suffered from since birth that impacted the bones in his legs. His rep told The New York Post in 2022, "Richard is eternally grateful for the continuous outpouring of love and gratitude he has received from across the globe. He is happy, healthy and living the life he has chosen to live."
How old is Richard Simmons today?
Born July 12, 1948, as of this writing in January 2024, Simmons is 75 years young. On his 75th birthday, Simmons' rep said that the fitness icon was doing well and was happy.
Did Richard Simmons have knee surgery?
According to TMZ, Simmons underwent a right knee replacement surgery in 2010, but that the pain was so severe, he didn't want to undergo another replacement for his left leg. As a result, he reportedly became depressed and reclusive, not wanting the public to see him in that state.
After the 2014 report of his knee surgery rumors published, Simmons released a statement on Facebook (via TMZ), writing, "I am so touched by the outpouring of love and concern I have received today. I have had a tough time dealing with this injury, as it is keeping me from doing what I truly love to do, which is teaching classes around the world. Make sure you keep Sweatin'!"
What year did Richard Simmons disappear?
Simmons withdrew from the public eye in 2014.
Why was Richard Simmons hospitalized?
Simmons was hospitalized in 2017. His rep told Entertainment Tonight at the time, "Richard Simmons was hospitalized on Monday at an undisclosed location in California. After a few days of battling severe indigestion and discomfort while eating, we agreed it was best for him to seek treatment."
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When was Richard Simmons popular?
Simmons was at his most popular in the 1980s and early 1990s, but remains an absolutely beloved, adorable and wholesome figure today—even as he retreats from public life.