Jillian Michaels is a renowned American fitness guru, certified nutritionist, savvy entrepreneur, media figure, and accomplished author. Her notable presence on NBC's hit series, such as "The Biggest Loser," has garnered her widespread recognition.
How Rich is Jillian Michaels?
Jillian Michaels, an American personal trainer, reality TV star, talk show host, and businesswoman, boasts a net worth of $18 million. Her prominence stems from her notable roles on "The Biggest Loser" and numerous other television programs.
Michaels stands out as one of the most prominent figures in the fitness industry, renowned for her appearances across various reality TV platforms.
Jillian Michaels Lavish Lifestyle
In 2010, Jillian Michaels bought a house on Las Flores Beach in Malibu, California for $6.625 million. The house is pretty big, with 4,300 square feet of space and two balconies that face the ocean on the third floor.
The kitchen and dining area have amazing views of the ocean too. The house was built in 1990 and has a modern look with concrete walls.
In 2016, Michaels initially listed the property for sale at approximately $9.75 million. However, after a year passed without finding a buyer, she re-listed it at a reduced price of about $1 million.
Despite these efforts, the property remained unsold, prompting Jillian to try once more in 2019, this time with a slightly increased asking price of $8.795 million. Although facing challenges in finding a buyer, a successful sale would yield a significant profit for the accomplished fitness trainer.
Jillian Michaels' Career Journey
Jillian Michaels started her career as a personal trainer while studying at California State University to support herself. She earned four personal training certificates, a Kettlebell Concepts certificate, and a nutrition and wellness consultant certificate.
In 2002, Michaels established Sky Sport & Spa in Beverly Hills. In 2012, she introduced Body Revolution, a 90-day weight loss program, followed by an infomercial for BODYSHRED, a 60-day home workout program, in 2015, coinciding with the launch of her media company, Empowered Media, LLC.
Jillian later launched the My Fitness App for Android and Apple iOS, which received awards. Her media portfolio includes 20 DVDs, 9 books, a radio talk show, a podcast, and three video games.
Through Empowered Media, Michaels launched FitFusion.com, described as the "Netflix of fitness," offering subscription streaming services featuring top fitness experts' content. In 2004, Jillian debuted on "The Biggest Loser." Although she left in 2006, she returned in 2007 and announced her final departure in 2011, only to return briefly before leaving for good in 2013.
NBC premiered a spin-off series, "Losing it With Jillian," in 2010, focusing on her family life with eight episodes. While she made brief appearances on "The Doctors and Dr. Phil," she ultimately exited her CBS contract, citing it as incompatible with her goals.
Back in 2017, Lionsgate Films was directed by the court to compensate Jillian Michaels with a settlement of $5.8 million. The disagreement originated when Lionsgate made Michaels' workout videos available for free on their YouTube channel, BeFit.
Michaels expressed valid concerns that this move could diminish sales of her paid content if people could access her videos for free on YouTube. Thankfully, the court sided with Michaels in this matter.
This lawsuit was deemed significant in addressing copyright matters related to YouTube and could establish a precedent for handling similar cases in the future.
Jillian Michaels Controversies
Jillian Michaels, known for her role as a fitness coach on "The Biggest Loser," faced scrutiny from experts due to her methods, which included providing contestants with her caffeine fat burners to aid weight loss.
Additionally, Michaels threatened legal action against writer James Fell for criticizing her techniques on The Biggest Loser and her weight loss promises in her Kettle Bell DVD, asserting that she was merely acting as a fitness trainer.
Furthermore, Jillian and Basic Research LLC were involved in a class action lawsuit for false advertising related to Jillian Michaels' Maximum Strength Calorie Control, which claimed to aid weight loss by consuming two pills before a meal. These legal actions were ultimately dismissed as unfounded.
In January 2020, Michaels sparked controversy during an interview with BuzzFeed News regarding singer and rapper Lizzo. She suggested that people focus on Lizzo's music rather than her body, expressing concern about potential health issues like diabetes. This statement led to accusations of fat shaming against Michaels.
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