Who Has a Higher Net Worth Today: Pamela Anderson or Tommy Lee?

Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee‘s marriage, which ended more than two decades ago, is back in the spotlight thanks to the Hulu series Pam & Tommy. The eight-part miniseries, starring Lily James and Sebastian Stan, focuses on the history of the former couple’s stolen sex tape and how it changed pop culture.

With the show now available for streaming, many viewers have questions about the exes and their sex-tape scandal. Here’s more about Lee and Anderson including who has the higher net worth today.

Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee share a kiss during the opening of a casino in Las Vegas
Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee share a kiss during the opening of a casino in Las Vegas | S. Granitz/WireImage

Tommy Lee’s net worth

Lee married the Baywatch star in February 1995 after a whirlwind 96-hour romance. On their honeymoon later that year, they recorded an intimate video that was meant for their eyes only. But that tape was stolen from their home and released. It became the first celebrity sex tape to go viral in the age of the internet. Some would argue that the tape made Lee famous, however, heavy metal fans were already very familiar with the Mötley Crüe drummer.

In 1981, Lee and bassist Nikki Sixx founded Mötley Crüe in Los Angeles. They were later joined by lead guitarist Mick Mars and lead singer Vince Neil. The band signed with Elektra Records in 1982 and produced a string of hits throughout the ’80s including “Shout at the Devil,” “Theatre of Pain,” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Dr. Feelgood.”

After his success with Mötley Crüe, Lee founded a rap-metal band called Methods of Mayhem. During his solo career, he still worked on a few projects and played reunion tours with Mötley Crüe. Lee starred in the reality show Tommy Lee Goes to College in 2004 as well and hosted the show Battleground Earth in 2008. He also released his autobiography titled Tommyland and today has a net worth of $70 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Pamela Anderson biting Tommy Lee's piercing
Pamela Anderson biting Tommy Lee’s piercing | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Pamela Anderson’s net worth

Anderson was born in Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada. She was discovered in 1989 when she appeared on the jumbotron at a BC Lions football game and was cheered by other fans in the stands. At the time she was wearing a Labatt’s Beer T-shirt and was later hired by the company to be their spokesmodel. Anderson then moved to the U.S. and made a name for herself.

She was the cover girl on Playboy’s October 1989 issue and named Playmate of the Month in the magazine’s February 1990 issue. She went on to appear on more Playboy covers than any other model. Anderson played Lisa, the original “Tool Time Girl,” on the sitcom Home Improvement before stepping into the role of C. J. Parker on Baywatch from 1992 to 1997. At the time she earned $300,000 per episode. Post-Baywatch, she made a slew of television appearances over the years and had the lead role in the film Barb Wire. In 2008, Anderson starred in her docuseries called Pam: Girl on the Loose.

Anderson has also authored several books and is an animal rights activist, having done campaigns for PETA. When it comes to her net worth, Anderson’s is $50 million lower than her ex-husband’s at $20 million according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Why Anderson says their tape isn’t a sex tape

As for the former pair’s infamous sex tape, Anderson says it wasn’t really a sex tape at all.

During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen in 2020, Anderson was asked: “As the star of a sex tape, what is your favorite celebrity sex tape?” She replied that her and Lee’s video “was not a sex tape. [It]was a compilation of vacations that we were naked on.”

A few years earlier, Anderson talked more about the video telling Cohen that she has never watched it. “I’ve never seen it. I made not one dollar. It was stolen property,” she stated, adding, “We made a deal to stop all the shenanigans. I was seven months pregnant with Dylan and thinking it was affecting the pregnancy with the stress and said, ‘I’m not going to court anymore. I’m not being deposed anymore by these horny, weird lawyer men. I don’t want to talk about my vagina anymore or my public sex.”

Anderson and Lee divorced in 1998.

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