Okay, Tiger King now feels like 1000 years ago , but just a moment: there is one thing that we do not fully understand. How is it that Carole Baskin and her current husband Harold Baskin spent millions (!) On the Joe Exotic feud ? We wondered: how much money does Carole Baskin actually have? How much did she inherit from her “mysteriously disappeared” husband Don Lewis ?
How did Carole’s husband Don Lewis get his money?
It is no secret that Carole has saved a lot of money from the disappearance of her husband Don Lewis. But how did he actually get his money? He was a real estate entrepreneur and owned a used car dealership. Apparently there is a tough market for that in Florida, because at the time of his disappearance, according to documents held by the Tampa Bay Times , Don was worth about $ 5 million dollars (about $ 4.5 million). In the documentary, several of Don Lewis’ acquaintances (including his ex-wife, daughter and assistant) say that Carole received almost all of Don’s properties because his will had been changed shortly before his disappearance.
In one piece on her website, Carole claims that Don was by no means a millionaire when she met him. Together they made a lot of money by buying up expired loans. In America this works as follows: for some loans, for example, a property is placed as a guarantee. If the loan cannot be repaid, the property will be confiscated. Since a bank provides loans but does not trade in real estate, companies can buy off those loans – so they run off with a property that they can sell at a profit. This is how Carole and Don would have built up their millions together. She confirms Don owned about $ 5 million.
Merits from Big Cat Rescue
The earnings that Carole gets from Big Cat Rescue animal park are also not too bad. In the past year, the park raised $ 5 million (a ticket costs about $ 30) – the organization would now be worth $ 13 million, documents show The Sun . Carole and Harold are said to have paid themselves a meager salary of $ 140,000. Special detail: According to the documents, Carole paid $ 980,000 dollars to 20 employees in 2019, despite her claim that only volunteers work for her.
How Much is Carole Baskin Worth?
It is unclear how much money Carole Baskin still has. The lawsuits against Joe Exotic have cost her a lot of money, but may have also brought in a lot of money from the copyright claim that Joe Exotic had to pay to Big Cat Rescue.