American former zoo operator and star of OTT streaming platform Netflix’s Tiger King, Joe Exotic net worth is estimated to be -$1 million. He was sentenced to prison for 22 years in 2019 on charges of murder-for-hire.
On Friday 28th January, his plea to be released this week was refused by a Federal court judge and his original sentence was reduced by one year.
Joe sought release on medical grounds for getting treatment for cancer, saying he doesn’t wish to “die in prison”. Let us explore his net worth and other details as of 2022 in our article today.
Joe Exotic Net Worth and other details
Joseph Maldonado-passage aka Joe Exotic is a reality TV personality and convicted felon who is famous for appearing in the Netflix documentary “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness.”
Joe was born in the year 1963 in Garden City, Kansas. His family relocated to Texas when he was a kid. His original name is Joseph Allen Schreibvogel however he used several other names like Joseph Allen Maldonado, The Tiger King, Aarron Alex, and Cody Ryan.
Joe owned and operated the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park also known as the G.W. Zoo in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. He served as a police officer and also as Chief of Police in Eastvale for a short period of time. He later managed a pet shop at West Palm Beach, Florida along with his brother Garold Wayne.
When his brother passed away in 1997, Joe sold the pet store and purchased a big farm in Oklahoma. He later turned his farm into a big cat “G.W. Zoo” where he worked for more than 20 years. For 2 years (2016-2018) Joe Exotic ran for public office as an Independent and as a Libertarian from 2018 to 2019.
Charges against Joe Exotic
Joe’s friend who was working at a safari park used to let him handle baby lions at the park.
He was found guilty and was convicted on 17 different federal charges of animal abuse in the year 2019. He was also convicted of two counts of murder for his role in the conspiracy to murder Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue. He was given the punishment of 22 years in federal prison.
In a dispute related to trademark, Joe was earlier ordered by the court to pay $1 million to Baskin. Because of this judgment, Baskin was awarded not only the operational control of his entire zoo property but also several cars and houses on the property.
Joe did try to transfer the ownership rights to his mother but Baskin was successful in overturning this transfer.
Joe Exotic was featured in the Netflix eight-part documentary “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” in 2020.
On 8th April 2022, it was disclosed that Joe Exotic sent a handwritten letter to Ben Roethlisberger, former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback requesting him a signed jersey on the special occasion of his stepson’s birthday.
The letter was dated 30th March 2022, saying, “Hey, my stepson is a big fan of yours and it would mean the world to him if you’d give him an autographed jersey. Thanks, bye?”.
It is reported that Joe is seeing a man named John Graham as per his lawyer Autumn Blackledge. He first met John more than 12 months back in February 2021 at FMC Forth Worth in Texas.
Last month, John was released from prison after serving his 12-year sentence for burglary and possession of a firearm.
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