How much is ‘The Situation’ worth?

Net Worth:$300 Thousand
Profession:Reality TV Star
Date of Birth:July 4, 1982
Country:United States of America
1.8 m

Showing his abs as the self-appointed ringleader of the motley crew cast of MTV’s Jersey Shore and showing his dance moves on the stage of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Who Is Mike Sorrentino

Whether flashing his famous, chiseled abs in a dance club or trying to flash his rudimentary ballroom moves on the dance floor, Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino, of MTV’s Jersey Shore fame, has proven to be a savvy and tireless self-promoter.  

American TV personality Mike Sorrentino has a net worth of $300 thousand dollars, as of 2020. At one point in his career ‘The Situation’ was worth $10 million, yet through poor money-management skills he lost his fortune.

From Stripping To The Shore

Born in Staten Island, New York on July 4, 1982, Sorrentino was mostly raised in Manalapan, New Jersey where he attended middle school and high school. According to Dancing with the Stars, which also featured Sorrentino in its 11th season, the self-proclaimed “Guido” graduated from a New Jersey college in 2004 before he became a member of All American Male, an exotic dance group, as a stripper.  

Sorrentino’s big break came at the age of 25 when, as he related in an October 2010 interview with the New Zealand Herald, he lost his 9-to-5-type job and decided to become an underwear model. His modeling career was short-lived, however, as three weeks later, he was cast in the Jersey Shore pilot. He was joined by Vinny Guadagnino, Paul ‘DJ Pauly D’ DelVecchio, Sammi ‘Sweetheart’ Giancola, Jenni ‘JWoww’ Farley, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi and on-again, off-again Angelina Pivarnick on the runaway MTV hit.  

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Leader Of The Pack

The JerseyShore, which exposed a whole subculture of stereotypical Italian-Americans to the rest of America, was an instant cultural phenomenon. Audiences were delighted and appalled by the cast members’ behavior, including fights, hookups and wild partying—always under the influence of copious amounts of alcohol. Soon enough, they had become a brand name complete with catchphrases and paid public appearances to supplement the $5,000 an episode they reportedly received for the first season.  

The Situation created quite a character for himself, crowning himself the unofficial ringleader of the Jersey Shore crew and becoming notorious for hooking up with numerous women. Although he seemed to have mellowed in his second season, which was based in Miami, Florida, he did lead the charge on driving Pivarnick out of the house.

Cashing In

The Jersey Shore has proven to be quite profitable for Sorrentino and the rest of the cast. For their second season, the cast members negotiated a raise to a reported $10,000 an episode, and for the third season, cast members are reportedly going to make $30,000 an episode—$60,000 if you include bonus incentives based on ratings. The Situation is also one of the highest paid in terms of appearance fees, reportedly making between $15,000 and $50,000 per event.  

Unlike some of his cast mates who seem content to just ride the fame horse as far as it will take them, Sorrentino has actively seized its reins and has been guiding it ruthlessly in the direction of success. Currently, Sorrentino has an autobiography entitled Here’s the Situation scheduled to be released in November of 2010 and a workout DVD due out in late 2010. He is also working with retailer GNC to create his own line of vitamins and with sportswear company Dilligaf by Bohica on a line of T-shirts and sweatshirts. Additionally, he has just been signed up to endorse a protein-infused vodka.  

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Sorrentino has also received recognition in other ways. In June 2010, People Magazine included him on its most amazing bodies list and he was nominated in 2010 for the Choice TV: Male Reality Star at the Teen Choice Awards. He competed in the 2010 season of Dancing with the Stars against other celebrities like Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol Palin, Jennifer Grey of Dirty Dancing fame and The Brady Bunch’s Florence Henderson. Another attempted foray into primetime television was torpedoed when contract disputes with MTV would not allow him to appear as originally planned in a Bones episode as a Jersey Shore-like character.

Defining Quote “G.T.L., baby. Gym, tanning, laundry.”

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