Name: Barry Weiss
Born: 16 Nov 1951
Occupation: Professional eccentric, collector, television presenter, and business man.
Barry Weiss, not to be confused with the music producer of the same name, first came to the public attention as the weird eccentric collector in the reality television series “Storage Wars” (see also Dave Hester, Jarrod Schulz, Brandi Passante, Darrell Sheets, Nabila Haniss).
Much thanks to Barry’s eccentric stunts and barely nodding acquaintance with normality, Storage Wars has become a phenomenal success. And Barry is climbing the celebrity ladder as the presenter of a new show called “What are You Worth featuring Barry Weiss”.
Barry’s wealth, however, does not come from being weird on television. His net worth has been estimated at $ 10 million, with the bulk of that substantial sum coming from Northern Produce – a company he owned together with his brother Joey Weiss.
So how much is $10 million dollars really?
Well, Barry likes buying storage lockers. The average selling price for a locker on Storage Wars is around $ 800 (which by the way is way above the normal selling price for lockers when the cameras are off). That means that Barry can buy a lot of lockers – 12,500 lockers in fact. That should be enough to buy all the lockers for the next 275+ series of Storage Wars.
Barry also likes cars. With his 10 million net worth, he could buy about 560 new Volkswagen Beetles. Perhaps not the most exiting car in the world, but more exciting than the 4 million pounds (1.8 million kilos) of tomatoes on which he could alternatively spend his millions. However, opting for the latter would allow him to take part in the annual tomato war in Buñol, Spain, where 100 tonnes of tomatoes are used as ammunition by 40,000 mad Spaniards and tourists in the largest tomato fight in the world. His 4 million pounds would certainly make him a very popular ally.
*Article Updated 5/17/14 to reflect Barry’s net worth is now $10 million instead of the originally reported $8 million!