Who is Brandi Passante?
Brandi Leigh Passante was born on 16 May 1980, in Harris, Texas, USA, and is a businesswoman as well as a reality television personality, who rose to prominence as one of the regular cast members of the television series “Storage Wars”, alongside her husband Jarrod Schulz.
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The Net Worth of Brandi Passante
Brandi and her husband Jarrod have a collective net worth of over $2 million.
Life and Reality Television
Brandi started on reality television alongside her husband. At the time, they had started to establish themselves in California through buying auctioned storage lockers hoping to sell their contents for a profit. They had managed to earn significant income through this business, though things really stepped up for them when they were invited by producers to become a part of the television show called “Storage Wars”. The show aired on the A&E Network and follows professional buyers as they visit facilities throughout California to bid on lockers that are being auctioned.
These lockers can be auctioned due to a law which allows storage lockers to be auctioned if rent is not paid for three months. Before the auction, buyers are given five minutes for inspection of the locker from the entrance, but they are not allowed to touch items or go inside. When all of the auctions of the day are done, the winners can now go through the units and estimate the value of the contents. There are some occasions that unusual items appear, and they have to consult with experts for a proper appraisal.
The participants on the show then have their net profit or loss displayed by the end of each episode, to see who won that particular round.
Storage Wars Success
“Storage Wars” proved to be a highly successful show internationally, finding reach in Asia and Europe. Their success was also enough that they created two spin-off shows, namely “Storage Wars: Texas” and “Storage Wars: New York”. However, neither spin-offs managed to find the same success as the original, and are no longer in production.
In the show, Passante and Schulz are often referred to as The Young Guns, and they sell most of their wares through a thrift shop they own in Orange, California. They had made enough profit to open a second store in Long Beach but it proved to be a failure as it had not made any profit, leading to closure in early-2016. Their success was enough for them to make a guest appearance in the show “Rachael Ray”, a lifestyle program which airs in the US, Canada, and other countries.
It follows Ray as she creates culinary dishes with celebrities, while discussing their accomplishments and asking them for advice.
Married to the Job and Controversies
In 2014, A&E produced a special featuring Brandi and Jarod entitled “Brandi & Jarrod: Married to the Job”. The show featured them as they raise two children while trying to balance all their business endeavors. It was initially a one-episode special, but proved successful enough that it was turned into an entire series which ran during the same year for eight episodes before ending.
In recent years, with no new episodes of “Storage Wars” in production, the two have taken a step back from all television projects. This was also due to several cast members having problems with A&E for various reasons – some accused the producers of staging parts of their production, amidst criticisms of the show’s authenticity. In 2019, A&E began airing some of their most popular episodes under the name “Storage Wars: Back to the Locker”.
Though reality television has shown and marketed Passante and Schulz as a married couple, the two were never married, although they referred to each other as husband and wife most of the time.
Luv these happy faces. Jarrod Luvs silver bullet.
They raised their two children together, and were partners for around 20 years. However, in 2019, it was reported that the two had apparently split up; this occurred when media websites and fans started catching significant differences in both the personalities’ social media accounts. Their posts suddenly no longer featured one another, with Jarrod posting photos of just himself at events, or being with his mother.
Brandi on the other hand started posting photos of herself going on trips and vacations with friends.
She showcased herself wearing bikinis, something that she didn’t do when they were still together – the two refused to comment on the status of their relationship.
In 2019, Schulz was caught in the headlines once more, as he was arrested following an altercation in which he resisted arrest by a police officer. The two are no strangers to officers of the law, as he was arrested in 1997 for felony possession of a controlled substance leading to 16 months in jail. She was arrested in 2007 for driving under the influence, which resulted in three years of probation and $390 in fines.