Billy Blanks Net Worth
Billy Blanks net worth: Billy Blanks is an American fitness guru, martial artist and actor who has a net worth of $30 Million. Blanks earned his net worth as the inventor of the Tae Bo exercise program, in addition to playing roles in films such as The Last Boy Scout and Expect No Mercy. He was born in Erie, Pennsylvania as the fourth of fifteen children. While growing up, he suffered from undiagnosed dyslexia. Banks was born with an anomaly in his hip joints that impaired his movement. This caused him to be clumsy as a child and he did not excel at athletics. When he saw a Bruce Lee movie on television, he decided he wanted to be a martial-arts champion, and through studying karate, Banks found his calling. In 1988, he was hired as a bodyguard for Catherine Back, an actress in the movie Driving Force. He impressed the producers so much that they wrote him into the movie script, which led Blanks to appear in several more films, including Bloodfist, The Last Boy Scout and Kiss the Girl. In the late 80's, Blanks invented the Tae Bo workout. Blanks opened a fitness center in Los Angeles to teach his new workout and later attracted celebrity clients; the popularity of the workout grew quickly. Tae Bo became a pop culture phenomenon and Blanks began releasing mass-marketed videos. While in his 20's, Blanks married Gayle H Godfrey and adopted her daughter, Shellie, shortly after they were married. Gayle and Billy also have a son, Billy Blanks, Jr. The couple was married for 33 years, but divorced in 2008, citing "irreconcilable differences." Later that year, Blanks became a father again to a new daughter, Angelika, who's mother had been Blanks' Japanese interpreter since 2007. Blanks and Angelika's mother, Tomoko Sato, were married in 2009, and he adopted Sato's daughters, Marriett and Erika Peterson, soon after they were married.