Rude humor has always been known to be a niche market, but don’t tell Sandra Lee that. The dermatologist who became known as “Dr. Pimple Popper” turned her strong hands and even stronger stomach into a small fortune. Sandra Lee’s estimated net worth is 8 million in 2022.
That’s a lot of money to pop pimples, cysts, and blackheads, so let’s take a look at how we got there, in terms of pimples.
Lee has had an interesting journey that combines medical skills, stunning beauty, and insightful knowledge of the market, and she has been able to take advantage of the beneficial breaks that life has in store for her.
She was born in Flushing, Queens in New York, which is hardly a silver spoon area. Her parents are both of Chinese descent with other Asian nationalities added to the mix, and her father is actually a retired dermatologist.
As Lee tells the story, his unique craft actually grew out of desperation to some extent. She started posting videos to YouTube in 2010, but it was in 2015 that Lee started noticing that her unique fans were interested in skin extractions.
She became Dr. Pimple Popper in 2018, and the show immediately took off. As unsightly as the videos and sebum blasts on TV were, they also had an irresistible bottleneck quality that quickly expanded its audience exponentially.
Magnifications aside, the most interesting thing about Lee’s approach is the financial aspect. She claims to take no money for her role on the series, instead relying on earnings from her YouTube channel, which does serious business.
The numbers tell the story. Lee has over seven million subscribers and his videos generate over one billion cumulative views. They all run ads, of course, and it’s the revenue from those ads that is the core of its business. She earns about $ 6,000 a day in advertising revenue on YouTube, which works out to $ 2 million a year.
And of course, Lee is a practicing dermatologist, after all, so she isn’t really hurting in terms of salary either. Estimates place his salary between 260,000 and 400,000 per year, which is a nice side activity to his income as a celebrity.
Interestingly, Lee also takes a low-key financial approach to seeing patients. Her fees are remarkably low, and for some patients who represent potential candidates for the show, she will actually do her one-time job for free on the condition that they let her film the, uh, procedure.
Needless to say, a life spent popping endless pimples might seem like a crass existence, but Lee is moving in the world, in terms of stardom. She just released a new line of skin care products, and she also has a “college” where she recommends various home dermatology treatments.
Luckily for Lee, there is nothing serious in his personal life. She is married to another dermatologist, Dr. Jeffrey Rebish, whom she met while studying medicine at Drexel during her years in Philadelphia. They are also business partners living in LA and raising a family, and it will no doubt be fascinating when their two SoCal sons grow into teenagers who inevitably begin to sprout buttons.
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