Who is Joe Exotic?
Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, better known as Joe Exotic, is a former zoo operator and activist.
He is the former owner and operator of the G.W. Zoo in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, and the subject of the Netflix docuseries “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness.”
On 22nd January 2020, he was sentenced to 22 years in prison for plotting to murder an animal rights activist.
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Facts about Joe Exotic
Everyone knows Joe Exotic as the eccentric, blonde, mullet-wearing gay man who loves lions and tigers.
However, there are other facts about his life that you may not know about.
1) He ran for public office thrice.
Joe Exotic ran for public office thrice, albeit unsuccessfully. In 2016, he ran for the President of the United States as an independent candidate, and in 2017 and 2018, he ran for the office of the Governor of Oklahoma.
2) He was an aspiring country singer.
Joe Exotic aspired to be a country singer and often posted music videos on his YouTube channel. Some of his well-known songs include “I Saw A Tiger” and “Here Kitty Kitty.”
2) He was obsessed with fame.
Besides having his own YouTube channel and hosting his own online series, Joe Exotic had filmed footage for a reality show and was planning to pitch it to a network. His zoo also had a store that sold questionable products with his face on them.
3) He was married to two men at the same time.
According to the Texas Monthly, Joe married John Finlay and Travis Maldonado in 2014. All the grooms wore matching magenta shirts and black jeans.
4) He is currently in prison.
Joe has been convicted of two counts of murder-for-hire and is currently serving a jail sentence. He was found guilty of paying a man $3,000 for murdering Carole Baskin, an animal rights activist. He has also been convicted of eight counts of violating the Lacey Act for falsifying wildlife records and 9 counts of violating the Endangered Species Act.
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Joe Exotic Bio
Joe Exotic was born on March 5, 1963, and grew up on a farm in Kansas, where he and his four siblings would sneak in wildlife as pets. His name at birth was Joseph Allen Schreibvogel. People often mispronounced his last name and kids made fun of him. According to Joe, he had a tough childhood.
Later on, Joe and his family moved to Texas where he joined the police force. Before he started working with animals, Joe Exotic worked as a police officer. He was the Chief of Police in Eastvale, Texas for a brief period.
Joe’s brother Garold died in a tragic car accident in 1997. His parents received a big settlement from the trucking company that was deemed responsible for the accident. With the lawsuit money, Joe went on to buy a horse ranch in Wynnewood. This ranch eventually became the Garold Wayne Exotic Animal Memorial Park, also known as the G.W. Zoo.
Joe Exotic Net worth
There is no confirmed number anywhere that can describe Joe Exotic’s net worth. Some reports say he is a millionaire, while others say he is broke.
However, considering the settlement received after his brother’s death and the money he earned from the Netflix series, his net worth can be estimated to be between $1 million and $15 million.
Things you did not know about Joe Exotic
If you have watched the Netflix series Tiger King you may feel that you know everything about Joe Exotic.
Here are a few things that you may not know about him.
- Cardi B is a Joe supporter and wanted to start a GoFundMe page for him after the release of the docuseries Tiger King.
- The voice that you hear in many Joe Exotic songs may not be his after all. Many people think that the singer in his country songs is Danny Clinton.
- Tiger King is not the first documentary that Joe featured in. He has also appeared in “America’s most dangerous pet,” hosted by Louis Theroux. He also made several music videos and starred in his own web series.
- Joe claims to have been sexually assaulted by an older boy when he was five.
- When Joe ran for President of the United States, he only managed to get 962 votes, but he got plenty of nationwide attention.
Joe Exotic is shouting out his longtime adversary, Carole Baskin. ET has a new record from inside the Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas, where the 58-year-old Tiger King star disclosed his silence on Baskin’s husband, Howard, saying they would recommend his early release from prison on one condition.
The Big Cat Public Safety Act prohibits the private ownership of big cats like tigers, lions, leopards, and pumas to curb the cub petting industry. It was passed by the House of Representatives on Dec. 3.