Mike Fleiss is best known for creating The Bachelor. Here’s a look at Fleiss’ net worth, life, and career.
Mike Fleiss’ movies and TV shows
Fleiss has produced many movies and television shows throughout his career. His first production was the 1996 television program Wow! The Most Awesome Acts on Earth. That same year, he was the producer on the TV movie Real Funny. In 1997, Fleiss’ first time as an executive producer was on the TV movie World’s Scariest Police Shootouts. He rose to fame after creating the hit reality TV show The Bachelor in 2002.
Mike Fleiss wasn’t concerned about couples finding love in the beginning
When Fleiss first started producing reality shows about couples, he wasn’t all that concerned with the contestants finding true love, according to The Cut. One of the first reality shows Fleiss produced that focused on relationships was Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? “Back then, we were more interested in spectacles and breaking the rules. We were trying to see how far we could approach television with a ‘You can’t do that! Yes, we can!’ sort of attitude,” Fleiss told The Cut. The producer’s goal was to put a show on TV that audiences wanted to watch. “We just wanted to do big, noisy, controversial specials,” said Fleiss. Unfortunately, Who Wants to Marry a Multi-millionaire didn’t have a good outcome. Here’s what The Cut said about the fate of the show:
Before The Bachelor, their biggest ratings coup was 2000’s Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?, in which 50 women competed in a pageant for the hand of a barely multimillionaire, Rick Rockwell, who remained hidden in a pod until he emerged to marry the winner, Darva Conger, live on prime time. Love wasn’t even a consideration, says Fleiss.
The ratings doubled to a record high over the course of two hours, as people called their friends to tell them something insane was happening on Fox, and then two weeks later, when the couple returned from Barbados to annul their union, news broke that Rockwell had had a restraining order filed against him nine years prior by a previous girlfriend.
Michael Fleiss was accused of abusing his wife, Laura Fleiss
In July 2019, news reports emerged that Fleiss allegedly abused his wife, Laura Fleiss. He was accused of verbal and physical abuse. The couple have been married since 2014. According to the Los Angeles Times, a Los Angeles County judge ordered The Bachelor producer to stay 100 yards away from his wife after she filed an abuse complaint. As part of her complaint, Laura presented photos of bruises she says her husband gave her. She also submitted footage of an alleged altercation between her and her husband that was captured on security cameras at the pair’s home in Hawaii on July 6, reports The Los Angeles Times.
Mike Fleiss’ net worth
As of this writing, Mike Fleiss has an estimated net worth of $120 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
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