From taxidermy, concrete pouring, and pest control to worms, waste management, and hazmat services, CNBC will celebrate the men and women who’ve gotten rich by getting their hands dirty. “Blue Collar Millionaires,” the newest addition to CNBC’s primetime reality lineup, premieres this week, on Wednesday, July 15th at 9:00pm CT.
The eight half-hour episodes profile the big personalities who’ve built their fortunes on mud, sweat, and tears. These men and women have made millions rolling up their sleeves, but at the end of the work day, they drive home to their palatial mansions and park their pick-up next to their collection of high-end sports cars. No doubt about it ─ these are not your typical millionaires. Learn how guts, grit and a can-do mindset made them rich beyond their wildest dreams, and find out how they spend their hard-earned millions when they’re off the clock and having fun.
The premiere episode features Brittany Pozzi, a horse breeder from Victoria, Texas, who turned her childhood love of horses into a seven-figure steed empire. Brittany answered a couple of questions for Texas Lifestyle Magazine:
When did you first become interested in horses? Has it always been horse breeding?
I have always been interested in horses since I was a little girl, but since I did not come from a horse family I had to beg for my first horse and didn’t get one until I was in my teens. The interest in breeding came later in my career. I wanted to be able to make a living in the horse world and wanted to invest in my future so that I didn’t have to count on winning at the rodeos to make a living. The breeding business is a tough deal, but in the end it is very rewarding.
Tell us about the journey of becoming successful in a blue collar field? What hurdles did you have to overcome?
The horse business is a little different than just any blue collar job because it is a 24/7 job. The horses always require constant care and you are their sole provider. I have hurdles that I have to overcome on a daily basis from hurt and sick horses to broken trucks and trailers, and in the midst of all that having to win at the rodeo or sell a horse to pay the bills.
You can watch a trailer of the premiere episode here, which also features a concrete pourer who’s gone from sleeping in a shack to kicking back in a mountaintop mansion, and two best friends who threw away their cushy corporate gigs so they could throw away junk.
Future episodes feature a Texas man who makes a killing cleaning up stuff that can kill you, an exterminator who squashes bugs all the way to the bank and a couple who’ve made a fortune glitzing up the grimy tattoo industry.
Programming Note: “Blue Collar Millionaires” consists of eight half-hour episodes. Two new shows will premiere back-to-back on Wednesdays at 9:00pm CT for four consecutive weeks. @BlueCollarCNBC
By Elaine Krackau