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Who are Ted Vernon and Robin Vernon?

Ted Vernon was born on 17 October 1948, in Long Island, New York, USA, and he is a businessman as well as a television personality. Robin Ziel was born on 11 April 1968, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA, and is an actress as well as a model. The two married, and became best known for being the hosts of the reality television show “South Beach Classics”, but the duo’s life was surrounded with controversy, eventually leading to their divorce and the cancellation of their show.

Posted by Robin Vernon/South Beach Classics on Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Net Worth of Ted and Robin Vernon

How rich were Ted and Robin Vernon? As of mid-2018, sources inform us of a net worth that is estimated at over $15 million for Ted, and more than $2 million for Robin, earned through success in business and on television, and in Robin’s case also as a model.

Beginnings and Early Lives

Ted had a troubled childhood, with his parents divorcing, so he was bounced between several high schools and was even at a time admitted to a mental hospital. Eventually, he decided to let-off steam through joining his high school wrestling team. He later moved to Cleveland with his uncle, and initially began his career working as a property manager with his dad, who was a wealth real estate developer. However, Ted wanted success of his own, and started his own car business which grew significantly, earning him considerable wealth. During this time, he decided to foray into professional boxing too, despite not really needing money due to the success he had attained. He managed a 3-1 professional record as the “Wolfman” before calling it quits. Robin on the other hand attended Torrejon American High School, and started modelling at the age of 17. She also chased after numerous acting endeavors which continued to help her build wealth.

Marriage and Business

Ted was first married to Austrian hairdresser Monika Sula in 1987, whom he met while he was in his thirties. They had two children, but in 1994 he filed for divorce, and as a part of the settlement, he was given primary custody of their children. Four years later, he would meet Robin who was 20 years younger than him, and the two started a relationship, marrying in a Buddhist ceremony in 2000.

They would go on to have a son and stay married for 15 years. Robin remained mainly behind the scenes until they began working in a business together, becoming the producers and hosts of the show entitled “South Beach Classics”. The show began in 2011, with them gathering an eclectic crew with the goal of buying, selling, trading, and exchanging various classic automobiles on the market. The show proved very popular and it would go on to run until its cancellation in 2017.

Divorce and Abuse Controversies

However, during the show numerous controversies started springing up, which lead to Robin suddenly leaving “South Beach Classics”, and not appearing in the last season of the show. According to reports, a customer was looking to buy a Volkswagen Beetle from the couple but then noticed that the couple were not really paying attention to the work. He later went back and contacted the couple and he witnessed them fighting verbally. Robin was screaming at the top of her lungs, and Ted then escalated the issue by rushing to choke Robin. It was very intense and it even took two men to separate the fighting couple.

The two would later be documented accusing each other of cheating. The issues continued with Robin refused to go on the show, and proceeding with a divorce. She was replaced by Christine Morris, but there was a strong backlash as fans had already grown close to Robin. Eventually the case went to court, and reports stated that Ted was accused of domestic violence numerous times against his wife and his children – the reports prompted the network Velocity to pull “South Beach Classics” from their television lineup. Ted has been to court numerous times for various offenses such as battery, assault, disorderly conduct, and threatening a public servant.


With the issues plaguing them, the court ordered a permanent restraining order on Vernon to stop him approaching Robin. As a part of the court order, he was required to surrender 12 guns he owned, including one that was stolen, found in a car that was to be shipped to Germany. However, he was able to get his hands on the gun once more, and he was charged for violating the terms of the restraining order. He was initially faced with up to 10 years in prison, but since it was his first criminal offence, the sentencing guidelines showed that he should be sentenced to a maximum of six months.

However, further questions arose when Vernon was only fined, despite his multiple run-ins with the law. His daughter made a statement that she was disappointed with how the court proceeded with the issue. Perhaps there are some matters yet to be played-out between the two.

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