Joe Francis Biography and Wiki
Joe Francis is an American entrepreneur as well as a film producer. He is also the inventor and pioneer of the Girls Gone Wild brand of entertainment. Before releasing the direct-to-video feature Banned from Television in 1998, Francis worked as a production assistant on the syndicated show Real TV.
Francis’ first business idea began while he was working as a production assistant for Real TV, a nationally syndicated reality television show that featured footage of remarkable events that were not generally reported in the mainstream media. He came up with the concept for Banned from Television there.
He began employing direct-response marketing, such as infomercials, to promote videos he had produced in 1997, and the Girls Gone Wild business was born. The videos featured college-aged women willingly exposing their bodies or acting erratically in front of the camera. Girls Gone Wild grossed more than $20 million in its first two years.
He had created 83 distinct Girls Gone Wild titles by 2002, and 30-minute infomercials were airing on all major US networks. In 2005, the company announced that it will give 100% of the proceeds from its Mardi Gras-themed DVDs to the Red Cross to aid Hurricane Katrina victims.
Officials at Panama City Beach, Florida sought to stop the filming of Girls Gone Wild in 2003, causing him to file a lawsuit against them for breaching his First Amendment rights. He was arrested for racketeering and released on bond by the same officials.
Riley Perez snuck into Francis’ home in 2004 and taped a humiliating blackmail video before arranging for payment so the video would not go viral. Francis was forced to disrobe in front of the camera while being held at gunpoint. Mafia criminals, according to Perez, asked him to do so.
Joe Francis Age
Francis is 49 years old as of 2022, he was born on April 1, 1973, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
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Joe Francis Height and Weight
Francis stands at an average height and moderate weight. He appears to be quite tall in stature in his photos, relative to His surroundings, are anything to go by.
Joe Francis Family and Parents
He was born to Austrian parents Raymond and Maria Francis in Atlanta, Georgia. He claims that when he was seven years old, his family relocated to Newport Beach, California.
He attended the University of Southern California and majored in Business Administration, with a focus on the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. He also took film and television classes before earning a Bachelor’s Degree from the USC Entrepreneurial Program in 1995.
Joe Francis Wife and Married
Francis has been in a relationship with his long-term girlfriend Abbey Wilson. They met when she was a contestant for his show Girls Gone Wild. She won the “Search for the Hottest Girl in America” contest in 2012 and that’s when they began dating. They are blessed with twin daughters via in vitro fertilization on October 7, 2014.
In 2020, Abbey and Joe broke up after he assaulted her multiple times. She filed for a restraining order for her and her daughters against Joe after he physically assaulted her.
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Joe Francis Net Worth
Francis has an estimated net worth of $25 million as of 2023.