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St. Petersburg's Kevin Harrington profiled by Joan Rivers Wednesday on 'How'd You Get So Rich?'



Kevin_Harrington Comic Joan Rivers' new-school version of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous — a TV Land series dubbed How'd You Get so Rich? — focuses on St. Petersburg Wednesday with a profile of local infomercial king Kevin Harrington, the man who made a $100 million fortune selling Ginsu knives and fitness guru Tony Little on TV.

During the segment, Rivers comes to Harrington's sprawling, 11,000-square-foot mansion in St. Petersburg, an eight-bedroom, nine-bathroom estate he purchased from then Atlanta Braves outfielder Gary Sheffield in 2002 for $2.8 million.

As the pair walks the grounds, Harrington shows off his professional-level gym, a roomful of slot machines, a tanning bed, a $35,000 aquarium, $10,000 chandeliers and what he called the longest boat dock in the Tampa Bay area.

Harrington also talked about building a heating and air conditioning business into a million-dollar business by his sophomore year in college. Stumbling on a home show demonstration of a Ginsu knife, he wondered what might happen if he put the sales display on camera and had people order via toll-free numbers. Not bad for a guy who declared bankruptcy just 10 years ago.

TV seems to love Harrington these days: he's also appearing on ABC's Shark Tank, the unscripted series featuring a panel of business experts deciding whether to fund projects and ideas pitched by aspiring entrepreneurs.

Harrington's How'd You Get So Rich? episode airs at 10 p.m. Wednesday on TV Land. Check the Web site here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 3:00pm]


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