Bert Wollersheim Net Worth in 2023 Career & Relationship

Estimated value: €10,000
Age: 71
Born: 03/24/1951
Country of origin: Heimerzheim
Source of Wealth: Brothel owner, consultant, TV star, author
Last updated: 2021

Short introduction

Bert Wollersheim is a contrasting, contradictory personality. On the one hand quite likeable and funny, on the other hand a clever businessman who doesn’t shy away from criminal activities. Most people probably know him from numerous television formats, which are used for light to shallow entertainment. His relationship with the no less eccentric Sophia Vegas dominated the headlines for a long time. However, gossip about him seems to push his true career into the background.

early life

Wollersheim’s career begins in a middle-class and unspectacular way in Heimerzheim in North Rhine-Westphalia, not far from Bonn. His father runs a hairdressing salon there, where young Bert is doing an apprenticeship. After completing the apprenticeship, Wollersheim moved away to the big city, to Düsseldorf. There he follows in his father’s footsteps and opens his own hairdressing salon. He made a name for himself and became a star hairdresser. Even Dieter Thomas Heck, the well-known cult moderator from the 70s to 90s, is one of his customers. But notorious pimps in the red light industry also get their hair done by him.


Bert Wollersheim senses new professional perspectives and succumbs to the lure of the underworld. He goes to Cologne for a while, where he manages to get small odd jobs in the milieu. He works for the big guys in the business. Back in Düsseldorf, he opened his first whorehouse in 1976 and called it “Darlings.” The “Red Mile” opened in the early 1980s. It is a luxury class brothel, which extends over three houses next to each other. And that in a district where normally only dignified people live and work. But there is no reason for complaint. Nobody bothers the new neighbor. In addition, Wollersheim runs a rental company for limousines.

Things are going well, Wollersheim accumulates a considerable Net Worth. Then there is an incident which makes Wollersheim’s dubious temperament obvious. One of his wives who works in the brothel has entered into a permanent relationship with a man who does not belong to the industry. She no longer wants to work as a prostitute. Wollersheim demands money for this – as a fee, so to speak. But he doesn’t get the money. That’s why he has his former employee kidnapped. He keeps her at his home, but she can be freed. This action should not go unpunished. Wollersheim has to go to prison. However, this incident does not seem to have affected his successful career and popularity. He serves the sentence, is released and carries on as before.

Bert Wollersheim does not run his establishments alone. There are still those responsible. In 2012, this finally spelled his undoing when there was a large-scale raid on one of his brothels. Several suspects are arrested. Also Bert Wollersheim. The charge: brothel visitors were anesthetized with knockout drops and then robbed of their credit cards. By the time the johns realized what had happened, the perpetrators had already withdrawn large sums of money from their credit cards without permission. So that no one came up with the idea of ​​defending themselves, the victims were blackmailed with spicy video material. Apart from that, cocaine is said to have been dealt illegally.

Bert Wollersheim is therefore in custody for 48 days. Then he is released again immediately, because the ringleaders were different, as it turns out after a long judicial process. Wollersheim also seems to be coping well with this second prison term. He’s well behaved, gets along with his fellow inmates, and he’s even writing a book about that time. And he also has his loyal partner Sophia Vegas, the 36-year-old breast miracle, who has been leading a life full of splendor, splendor and glory with him for seven years. The bizarre couple’s relationship is publicly marketed. The Wollersheimers bluntly flaunt their own lives on television and entertain the masses. It couldn’t be better. In the meantime, Wollersheim has again been targeted by the judiciary, this time because of a tax matter. He will not be prosecuted for this either. Again, it was associates in his establishments who were held accountable. Wollersheim insists that he had nothing to do with the incident and knew nothing about it.

But then the blow. Even if Wollersheim got off safely in the matter of “large-scale credit card theft”, the authorities are forcing the closure of his 27-year-old brothel. His main source of income has dried up.

The next defeat follows immediately: Sophia Vegas divorces him. There is no such thing as a war of roses. In fact, she supports him with money for a while because she wants to help him despite the breakup. A drop in the ocean, because financially, things are still looking bad for Wollersheim. He has always lived opulently and set nothing aside. His Net Worth is gone and his pension is not enough to pay off his estimated 1.5 million euros in debt. The income from current television appearances falls victim to seizures. He sells his belongings, mostly furniture from his former brothel. Even erotic toys are monetized. In addition, he works in an advisory capacity for another brothel.

Then in 2019 luck in disguise: Wollersheim had run down so much that he had to file for personal bankruptcy. At the same time, however, the district court in Düsseldorf found that Wollersheim was wrongly arrested and detained in the credit card affair. He is entitled to compensation for this – and no small amount, as his lawyer predicts. And Wollersheim will need money because he is now planning offspring with his new partner, Ginger Costello. She takes Wollersheim’s financial crisis calmly and says that at least one cannot assume that she would only marry him for the money. And Bert Wollersheim promises that they will not remain poor.

Career highlights

The best moments in Wollersheim’s life were probably those in which he was allowed to leave prison as a free man. The fact that he was so successful with his audience on television must have been a milestone for him. But in essence his greatest achievement for him was probably the success of his long-thriving luxury brothels.

Famous quotes

Wollersheim doesn’t hold back with provocative statements, especially when he’s had a drink. “I love to have a drink,” he openly admits. And anyone who doesn’t suit him “can go to hell.”

Amazing Facts

Bert Wollersheim campaigns for women’s rights. In 2018, Eva-Maria Popp, an author from Pfarrkirchen, published a book on women’s rights. She hired various celebrities to contribute to this. Members of the state parliament, district councilors and Dieter Bohlen are represented. And Bert Wollersheim. In the chapter dedicated to him, he writes that he does not support forced prostitution and that women should defend themselves when men grope them. Popp and Wollersheim know each other from before. She wrote his biography and describes him as a person full of humility and gratitude. Completely different than you think.

Estimated value: €10,000