Little People, Big World star Amy Roloff is now in her "second act" — and it's proving to be her most successful one yet. It's been a busy few years for Roloff: She split up with her husband of 27 years, became an empty nester, and found love. Her hard work — on and off screen — has paid off: The star's net worth is approximately $4.5 million, according to . (Same goes for her ex-husband, Matt Roloff.)
So how exactly did the 54-year-old rake in millions? Here's how she became reality-show royalty and an inspiration to other working moms.
She's been on TV for more than 12 years.
As the matriarch on , Amy was front and center when it came time to get the show up and running. After a few years of negotiations, the show finally premiered on March 4, 2006. "TLC came to us about five or six years ago, and so we suddenly realized we were given a great opportunity to educate people about dwarfism," Amy told . "When it was offered that we do a show about our lives, my husband and I were like, 'Wow, nothing like this has even been on the air.'"
To date, the show has aired a whopping 278 episodes, along with 11 specials. While Amy's exact earnings per episode are unknown, reality TV producer told E! that reality-show families earn about 10% of each episode's budget. So say it costs $250,000 to film an episode, the family earns $25,000. Once split with the other family members, Amy earned a few thousand dollars for a couple days' work. Not too shabby!
She sells homemade baked goods nationwide.
On the heels of her divorce, Amy turned her favorite family recipes into a business, — and a thriving one at that. She started with holiday specialities (think: pumpkin bread for Thanksgiving and lemon loaves for spring) but she's since expanded to seasonal and standard offerings. All baked goods — including her latest Mother's Day release, — are made from scratch and arrive within five days of the order.
She's a published author with a new book on the way.
The Roloffs are a family of writers: Matt released his , Audrey and Jeremy recently signed a , and Amy is hard at work on a second book. In 2012, Amy released (a precursor to her budding baking business, don't ya think?). But Amy's autobiography, (release date is TBD), is said to be her most intimate offering yet. She's been open with her fans about the challenges of writing this deeply personal book, which she started after her divorce.
She partially owns Roloff Farms.
In addition to serving as the backdrop for their TLC show, has been a home and business for the Roloff family since 1990. The couple purchased the 34-acre farm in Helvetia, Oregon in May 1990, and since then it has "expanded to over 100 acres and is a successful agricultural business, event venue, and major tourist destination during pumpkin season." , Matt and Amy split the farm's ownership (and pretty much everything else) 50/50. However, there are rumors that the couple may be selling the farm.
Since the start of the show, the farm's attendance has skyrocketed. During the 2006 season, more than 30,000 people came to the farm to buy pumpkins and participate in the fall festivities. At one point, police had to reportedly shut down the farm due to overwhelming traffic. It has steadied out in recent years but October remains the biggest month of the year for the family.
In addition to fall's pumpkin patch and wagon tours, the family offers exclusive tours year-round. Plus, you can even take some of the farm home (or find it at your local grocery store) by picking up .
She's an inspirational speaker.
It's no surprise that many look to Amy as a source of hope and strength. She travels around the country to on purpose, courage, faith, and even, her "second act." In 2016, Amy joined the seminars across the country.
Today, Amy is dedicating most of her time to her foundation, . The goal of her organization is near and dear to her heart: It aims to raise funds for children and youth who face social, emotional, mental, or physical challenges.
Tune into Little People Big World on TLC on Tuesdays at 9/8 p.m.