What is Dr Joseph Mercola’s net worth? Florida doc is No. 1 spreader of Covid-19 misinformation
Dr Joseph Mercola topped the list of people spreading Covid-19 misinformation and he also reportedly spent $4M on an anti-vaccine movement
Dr Joseph Mercola, who is dubbed as one of the most influential spreaders of coronavirus misinformation, has topped the list of a report about 'Disinformation Dozen' by the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH). The same report was recently cited by President Joe Biden and the White House. Mercola also reportedly hired dozens of employees to help publish vaccine-hesitant articles.
A list of 12 people was released who were collectively responsible for 65 per cent of vaccine 'disinformation' especially on Facebook, as reported by Daily Mail. Apart from Mercola, the list included his girlfriend Erin Elizabeth, who is the founder of the website Health Nut News and Robert F Kennedy Jr. Speaking on similar lines, Biden had recently said that Facebook was killing people because of the misinformation. Clarifying his statements later, he added, “Facebook isn't killing people, these 12 people are out there giving misinformation,” adding, “Anyone listening to it is getting hurt by it. It's killing people. It's bad information.” Speaking of anti-vaxxers, public figures such as Eric Clapton, Phile Valentine and Marjorie Taylor Greene recently made headlines for their controversial comments on the same.
Dr Joseph Mercola finds topping Covid-19 misinformation list 'quite peculiar'
Dr Joseph Mercola enjoys close to 4M followers on all his social media accounts. According to CCDH, he and others on the list have repeatedly violated their terms of service. Speaking on topping the Covid-19 misinformation list, he recently told The New York Times via email that he found it “quite peculiar” that he was named as the number one super-spreader of misinformation.
He shared that only a few hundred people liked his posts and he had no idea “how the relatively small number of shares could possibly cause such calamity to Biden's multibillion-dollar vaccination campaign.” He further stated, “I am the lead author of a peer reviewed publication regarding vitamin D and the risk of COVID-19 and I have every right to inform the public by sharing my medical research.”
What is Dr Joseph Mercola’s net worth?
According to a report published by Washington Post, it was revealed that the Florida doctor has been one of the major investors in the anti-vaccine movement, shelling out $4M, with $2.9M specifically going to the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC). The osteopathic physician is also believed to give $1.1M to a California GMO labeling campaign that rests on the idea that genetically engineered food is harmful and should be clearly labeled. The report also stated that Mercola also helped fund the Organic Consumers Association led by his co-writer, Ronnie Cummins, for a total of over $3.3M.
There have been several reports which state that the 67-year-old controversial personality has been one of the top sellers of supplements and wellness products which have allowed him to pocket an impressive amount of money. If the report published by Washington Post is to be believed, Mercola, who stopped seeing patients in 2009, has a massive net worth of $100M. He also runs an online store where people can get their hands on probiotics, antioxidants, vitamins, raw dog food, herbal repellent collars for cats, protein bars, grass-fed meats, hair care products, bath salts, toothpaste, sports bras, air purifiers, whole-body vibration exercise equipment and organic cotton bed linens. Joseph Mercola has penned two New York Times bestseller books namely 'The No-Grain Diet' in May 2003 and 'The Great Bird Flu Hoax' in October 2006. Mercola has also appeared on ‘The Dr. Oz Show’ and ‘The Doctors’.