Name: Mary Padian
Born: August 24th, 1980
Occupation: Reality TV star, Business owner
Mary Padian was born in Dallas, Texas on August 24th 1980, the daughter of John Gerard Padian, a businessman running a scrap metal recycling plant and Teresa Ann Padian (nee Sassin and brother of Texas attorney Bady Sassin). Her parents divorced in 2009.
Mary went to college at the University of Texas at Austin (UT). She graduated with a photojournalism degree in 2003 and got a job as an intern at D magazine. She then went to work for Architectural Digest in New York city as an Assistant Editor. She began creating videos which she called Mary’s Finds!, the same name as her store. The videos consisted of finding reasonably priced items for the home. Missing Texas, she decided to return to her home and family and within less than a year she opened her shop. A frequent customer of hers is Moe Prigoff who would take things to her shop that he had purchased in an auction from abandoned storage units. She was first seen with Moe in her shop on the first season of Storage Wars: Texas.
Moe soon took Mary under his wing and invited her to go to storage auctions with him. Beginning on the second season of Storage Wars: Texas, Mary was a new cast member, joining among others Victor Rjesnjansky. She and Moe buy units together and then turn them into items for either his store or hers. She has a keen eye for the potential in any item and often impresses Moe with her creativity. Although at times she can seem to be a bit flighty, she is a solid business woman who is taking her shop to the next level.
Mary Padian appeared as a recurring character for the 5th season of original Storage Wars (set mostly in California) and joined the cast there as a full member for the 6th season. She remains full cast member on Storage Wars: Texas.
From Mary’s years working in the magazine industry, having a business, and getting paid for her reality television gig, we estimate Mary Padian net worth at $600,000 (GBP 379,698).
UPDATE JULY 2015: Rumor tells us that Mary is being well paid for her appearances on the original Storage Wars, some sources speculating that she is paid more than $ 450 000 per season. We estimate Mary Padian’s net worth is now more than $ 1,4 million.
So how much is $600 thousand dollars really?
Well, if Mary’s into anything new, we think it may be a car. Mary could afford to buy 48 Smart ForTwo Pure cars. These tiny little cars are great for travel and get about 40 mpg on the highway, so gas would be cheap as well. But then again, Mary may need something a bit bigger to haul all of her new finds away in.
For only around $20,000 Mary could buy a Ford Ranger, a perfect fit for living in Texas. Actually, Mary’s made enough money to buy 30 of them. She could haul her finds from all over Texas with that many trucks.