Barry Minkow Net Worth, Wife, Gay, Married

By Anmol Basnyat | On: 19 Jul, 2018
Barry Minkow Net Worth, Wife, Gay, Married

Quick Information

Date of Birth March 22, 1966
Age 54 Years 11 Month(s)
Citizenship American
Profession Businessman
Marital Status Married
Wife/Spouse Lisa
Divorced Not Yet
Gay/Lesbian No
Net Worth Not Disclosed
Ethnicity Mixed
Children/Kids Dylan Gene Minkow, Robert Irwin Minkow
Height N/A
Education Cleveland High School, Liberty University
Parents Robert Minkow, Carole Minkow

No matter how smart a thief is, one cannot escape from the fist of the law. Barry Minkow is a former businessman and is best known as the founder of carpet cleaning company ZZZZ Best.

He was later jailed for 25 years for frauding millions of his investor. He was also recognized as the former pastor of Community Bible Church in San Diego. 

How Much Is Barry Minkow’s Net Worth?

Barry Minkow had derived the significant portion of his net worth from starting a carpet cleaning and restoration enterprise named ZZZZ Best at the age of 16, in 1983. The company did not have any proper finance, so he had stolen his grandmother’s ornaments for funds.

He also earned a huge sum of wealth as a pastor of Church. He has collected a hefty salary from his job of fraud Investigator in San Diego.

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Barry started his carpet cleaning business called "ZZZZ Best" at the early age of 15 in his parent’s garage. His company made an escalating growth to 1400 employees in just four years. His company became the national sensation and was valued to be around $280 million that time. After three years, ZZZZ Best gave authority to private shareholders and the company’s stock worth $18 per share in 1986.

During the prime time of his company, he also had Genovese mafia among his clientele. His company was accused of a Ponzi scheme and collapsed in 1987. The American businessman was sentenced to 25 years but served only seven years.

During his period in prison, he turned his religion to Christianity and joined the Christian ministry. He soon became the pastor at the Community Bible Church in San Diego. He gave his religious lectures to the University students and business community to prevent fraud.

The company had also a half T-shirt printed ZZZZ BEST CARPET CLEANING & FURNITURE that is being sold on a global online platform, Redbubble for $19.90 per piece.

Besides his entrepreneurial journey, he cements his earnings as an author. Barry has published many books including Clean Sweep priced $55.88 at His other publications are Cleaning Up (2005) and Down, but Not Out: 10 Steps for Rebuilding Your Life, Your Career, And All That Other Stuff (2007).

Later in 2014, he was again proved cheating his own church out of $3 million and was jailed for another five years. On 16 March 2011, he resigned from his post of the pastor of his church.

The mastermind fraudster, Barry turned to white fraud buster after he got out of jail. He targeted the Herbalife nutritional company known for the weight loss. Reportedly he received $300,000 from the company to shut his mouth. He was later involved in manipulating the shares of Lennar Corp illegally. He pled guilty but was sentenced to five years in jail.

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Married To Wife; Has Adopted Sons

The American con man is married to his beautiful wife, Lisa. He has successfully kept the details of his wife and marriage status under the wraps. The couple has adopted two Guatemalan 14-year-old twin sons.

Barry Minkow poses with his wife Lisa (Photo:

The former pastor, Barry lives with his family in rural Crossville, Tennessee. They even had two Siberian Huskies and an Australian shepherd named Macho. He has successfully kept his married life away from the limelight. However, his married life with wife and children falsifies his gay rumors.

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Short Bio

Barry Minkow was born on 17 March 1966 in Reseda, California with the birth name Barry Jay Minkow. He was raised in San Fernando Valley by the Jewish family. He holds an American nationality and belongs to white ethnicity.