Fans of self-help books, 20th-century sitcoms, and thighs so toned you could crush a honeydew mourned the loss of Suzanne Somers this week when news of the performer’s death reached the general public a day before her 77th birthday. The Three’s Company Star suffered from breast cancer on and off for over 20 years.
At the time of her death Celebrity Net Worth Estimates put Somers’ personal fortune at around $100 million – a spectacular sum for anyone, let alone a television actor, who has been largely abandoned by the industry.
The majority of Somers’ wealth, she estimates, did not come from television or film appearances. It was the result of Somers’ work as the face of the ThighMaster, the training accessory you couldn’t ignore in the ’90s. According to Somer’s own recollection, when her business partners had some poor results, she turned the product into a highly lucrative opportunity, which opened the door for her to buy them out of the company. She and her husband Alan Hamel owned 100 percent of the ThighMaster brand at the time of her death – a company with sales of around $300 million. The actress earned additional income through her numerous controversial self-help and wellness books.
Given the TV star’s infamous exit, Somers’ financial records have been the subject of public fascination for years Three’s Company after the studio refused to increase her salary from $30,000 to $150,000 per episode. Nice to know that everything came out in the wash thanks to the power of the springy leg trainers.