TV’s ‘The Bachelor’ and Other Celebrity Insurance Agents

Posted on January 19, 2013 and updated January 23, 2013 in Life Insurance Canada News 4 min read
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Before he became The Bachelor,
Sean Lowe sold Insurance.

Sean Lowe may now have 26 lucky ladies vying for his affection as the latest incarnation of ‘The Bachelor.’ But before he was rejected by Emily Maynard on the latest season of ‘The Bachelorette,’ he listed his profession as “Insurance Agent.” Apparently he sold insurance for State Farm, but according to celebrity gossip site Wet Paint, he has since become part owner of an online custom furniture and fashion store in Dallas, Texas called Factory Girl.

Sean Lowe might have left the insurance game, but his brother-in-law, Andrew Shull, is a third-generation insurance agent for State Farm out of Mckinney, Texas and he used to play for the Detroit Lions of the NFL. Still, these aren’t the only celebrities who have sold or are selling insurance. Below is just a smattering of the celebrities who’ve lent their star power to selling insurance:

Gene Simmons: This KISS rocker with an oversized tongue has pursued side ventures, and one of them was selling life insurance to high–net worth clients as part of Cool Springs Life Equity Strategy, the company he co-founded. Focusing on those with assets of $20 million or more, Cool Springs facilitates loans that allow clients to purchase large life insurance policies with little or no money upfront. The loan covers premiums and can be paid incrementally or settled as part of a lump sum payout. The firm says this helps minimize estate taxes. Simmons functions as a rainmaker for the firm, bringing in clients with his connections in the entertainment and sports worlds.

Mark Burnett: Before he became the king of reality TV, the creator of Survivor worked various odd jobs, including as a nanny. Eventually, he began selling insurance at a firm run by the father of the two boys he was taking care of. Burnett left the job after two years to go sell t-shirts and only got the idea for Survivor after participating in a French adventure-competition show called the Raid Gauloises.

Anne Rice: She was the queen of vampire lit before Stephenie Meyer ever picked up a pen. It was her character, the vampire Lestat, that put the elegant, handsome vampire back on the map. Before that though, Rice worked as an insurance claims processor after dropping out of school in Texas and moving to San Francisco to find work. She stayed in the industry until 1961 when she married her husband, Stan.

Colonel Sanders: Harland “Colonel” Sanders worked various odd jobs before he perfected his original recipe of 11 herbs and spices, and one of those jobs was selling insurance. Perhaps such a job allowed him to develop his sales strategy for when, at the age of 40, he began selling chicken dinners out of his service station in Corbin, Kentucky.

Bruce Jenner: Before he was Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Bruce Jenner was one of the greatest American track and field athletes of all time. To supplement his income while training for the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, where he would later win gold in the decathlon, he sold insurance.

If you know any other celebrities who once sold insurance, feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments below.

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