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Bob Barker Spends His $70 Million Fortune To Help Animals After His Wife Of 36 Years, Animal Activist, Passed Away

Date October 15, 2019 18:14

Not every animal lover becomes an activist. Bob Barker, 95, is one of those exceptional people who prove it's never too late to do something useful for this world and make it a better place to live for both humans and animals.

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Bob Barker today is estimated to have a net worth of $70 million.

He is a full-fledged TV legend and a retired TV host. Barker is well-known for hosting CBS's The Price Is Right and Truth or Consequences. He has hosted other several game shows too.

Bob Barker Spends His $70 Million Fortune To Help Animals After His Wife Of 36 Years, Animal Activist, Passed AwayGetty Images / Ideal Image

Bob Barker animal activism

When Bob Barker’s wife died in 1981, he turned to animal rights activism to help him through the grief. He had always been an advocate, but it was in 1982 that he really ratcheted up his work and he became one of the preeminent activists in Hollywood, where it’s not exactly rare to advocate for animal rights.

"I was fortunate enought to have a job that was payed very well and I am using that money now for animals"

It was his wife of 36 years Dorothy Jo Gideon who had a very strong influence on her husband.

"She was ahead of her time. She really was. She stopped wearing fur coats before anyone was stopping,"

- Barker told Good Morning America in 2007.

"She became a vegetarian before people were becoming vegetarian. And I gradually did the same thing with her."

That's why Bob felt her legacy should live on and he has to continue doing what she believed was right!

His contribution to the animal world

He has also put his money founding the DJ&T Foundation, named for his late wife and his late mother, to help pay for pets to be spayed and neutered.

He’s also given millions to organizations like PAWS Animal Sanctuary and most famously to the controversial Sea Shepherd Organization, infamous for its aggressive approach toward environmental issues.

Over the years, Barker, a strict vegetarian, paid to have large cats airlifted from Bolivian circuses and donated millions to stop whaling ships in Japan.

He proved himself to be a truly great man with a big heart and an open mind.

It's so awesome that at 95, Bob Barker is still going strong in the community and we look forward to any more contributions he may make. He's a role model for many people all over the world and we hope his story will inspire others to follow his beliefs!