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How rich is Penn Jillette?

Name: Penn Fraser Jillette

Born: March 5, 1955

Occupation: Entrepreneur, media personality, and actor

Penn Jillette, fair use
Penn Jillette, fair use

Penn Jillette was born in Greenfield, Massachusetts on March 5, 1955. He is the son of Samuel Herbert Jillette, a prison employee, and Valda Rudolph Jillette, a secretary. He has one sibling, Valda Jillette Stowe.

Penn graduated from high school in 1973, and quickly enrolled in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. He completed his studies in 1974 and then formed a three-person act with Teller and Weir Chrisemer. By 1981, Penn would permanently team up with Teller to form the iconic duo of Penn & Teller.

He has been married to Emily Zolten since 1994. The couple has two children: Zolten and Moxie CrimeFighter. The family lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Penn has had an extensive and diverse career. In addition to his off-Broadway success with his partner and various magic performances, Penn has done print and online writing, entrepreneurship, voiceover work, producing, talk radio, podcasts, reality television, and political activism.

He has appeared in “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” “The Aristocrats,” “Sharknado 3,” “The Simpsons,” “Friends,” and “Modern Family.” Penn has also competed on “Celebrity Jeopardy,” “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice,” “Whose Line is it Anyway?” and “Dancing with the Stars.”

The magician has published eight books, including “Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales,” “God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales,” and “Every Day is an Atheist Holiday!: More Magical Tales from the Author of God, No!”

In addition to being a prominent atheist, he is also an active libertarian. Penn serves as a fellow at The Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank. He endorsed former New Mexico Republican Governor Gary Johnson for president in 2012 and 2016. Penn claims he “always” votes for the Libertarian Party candidate.

We estimate that Penn Jillette’s net worth is $150 million (2018).

So, how much is $150 million really?

$150 million can purchase several mansions in the state of Nevada. $150 million can also produce elaborate magic shows across the United States and the rest of the world.


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