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Ron Popeil Net Worth

Ron Popeil Net Worth is
$100 Million

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Ron Popeil is an American inventor and advertising personality who has an estimated net worth of $100 million. Produced Ronald M. Popeil on May 3, 1935 in New York City, he is the son of Samuel Popeil who devised the Chop-O-Matic and the Veg-O-Matic. He took over the advertising of such products from his father, recorded the products while chopping vegetables, and broadcast the videos that gave birth to infomercial.

Ron Popeil Net Worth $100 Million

Popeil is best known as the owner of the direct response marketing firm, Ronco. Nonetheless in August 2005, he sold the business to Fi-Tek Vil, a Denver holding company, after he filed for bankruptcy. He is also popular for his appearance on the infomercials in Showtime Rotisserie with his phrase “Place it, and forget it!”, and with the employment of the phrase, “But wait, there is more!” on TV during the early 50’s. He had cameo appearances on television shows including the X Files, Futurama, King of the Hill, The Simpsons, Sex and the City, and The Daily Show.

Ron Popeil has also coined the phrase “cordless electrical” to make an item more complex rather than using “battery operated.” Ron has been given the Ig Nobel Prize in Consumer Engineering in 1993. Ron was named by Self magazine subscribers as truly one of the 25 folks who have changed the style of eating, drinking and thinking about food. Weird Al Yankovic had a song called “Mr. Popeil” in his 1984 album In 3-D. The song mentioned several of Ronco’s memorable items such as the Veg O Matic and also the Pocket Fisherman.

Full NameRon Popeil
Net Worth$100 Million
Date Of BirthMay 3, 1935
Place Of BirthNew York City, New York, USA
ProfessionInventor, Marketing personality, TV salesman, Businessman
EducationUniversity of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
SpouseMarilyn Greene (1956-1963), Lisa Boehne, Robin Popeil (m. 1995-)
ChildrenLauren Popeil, Shannon Popeil, Pamela Popeil, Valentina Popeil
ParentsJulia and Samuel J. Popeil
SiblingsLisa Popeil, Jerome Popeil, Jerry Popeil, Pamela Popeil
AwardsIg Nobel Prize in Consumer Engineering (1993), Electronic Retail Association's Lifetime Achievement award (2013), Direct Response Hall of Fame
TV Shows“The X-Files”, “The Simpsons”, “Futurama”, “Sex and the City”
1But wait! There's more!
2Now, how much would you pay?
3I'm an inventor first and a marketer second. Other people in our business take the spaghetti approach. They throw a lot of stuff against the wall and hope something sticks. The failure rate is dependent solely on what you're throwing up against the wall. I don't operate that way. I'm willing to make a serious investment in an idea and take two to two and one-half years of my life to create it, to get behind it and understand it and take it to the marketplace.
1A likeness of his head appears in Futurama: A Big Piece of Garbage (1999) as the inventor of the technology to keep disembodied heads alive.
2Co-host, with Nancy, of an infomercial for the "Ronco Food Dehydrator". [2008]
3Co-host, with Steve Bryant, of an infomercial for the "Showtime Rotisserie". [2006]
4Co-host, with 'Steve Bryant' of an infomercial for the "Showtime Knives". Also appearing are his daughters Shannon Popeil and Lauren Popeil, and his cousin Arnold. [2006]
5Co-host, with Jill Whelan, of an infomercial for the "RONCO rotisserie". [2002]
6Co-host, with Nancy, of an infomercial for the "Ronco Electric Pasta Maker". [2008]
7Release of his book, "The Salesman of the Century: Inventing, Marketing and Selling on TV: How I Did It and How You Can Too!" by Ron with Jefferson Graham. [1995]
8Co-host, with Nancy, of an infomercial for "GHL" (Great Looking Hair). [2008]
9Grandson of Mary Popeil.
10Son of Sam Popeil, who is also an inventor.
11Younger brother of Jerry Popiel, by one year, and Lisa Popeil.
12Has daughters named Shannon Popeil, Pamela Popeil, Contessa Popeil, Valentina Popeil and Lauren Popeil.
13Cousin of Ashley Tisdale and Jennifer Tisdale.
14"Ronco", the company he sold in 2005, has filed for bankruptcy protection [June 15, 2007].
15Satirist 'Weird Al' Yankovic, had a song about the infomercial king on his 1984 album, "In 3-D". The song is called "Mr. Popeil" and it mentions many of the more memorable Ronco products (the Vegematic, the Pocket Fisherman, etc.) as well as unrelated infomercial gadgetry
16In every one of his commercials he uses the line: "But wait! There's more!"
17Inventor and TV pitch-man of various gadgets. Since the relaxation of advertising restrictions on US television, he has become a fixture on "infomercial" paid programming.
18Coined the phrase "cordless electric" to make an item seem more sophisticated than "battery operated".


Futurama1999TV SeriesRon Popeil's head


As Seen on TV2009TV Movie documentaryHimself - Infomercial Pitchman
Iron Chef USA: Showdown in Las Vegas2001TV Special documentaryHimself - Judge
The Weird Al Show1997TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994-1995TV SeriesHimself
Biography1987TV Series documentaryHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1982TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Criminal Minds2010TV SeriesHimself - Infomercial Pitchman
World's Dumbest2010TV SeriesHimself
The X-Files1994TV SeriesHimself

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