George Zimmerman is a person who is mostly known for the shooting of Trayvon Martin back in 2012. Martin was a teenager at the time of his death and this became one of the most famous cases in the history of California.
This happened during the neighborhood watch, which makes the case even more interesting. After these events, George was claiming self-defense. Needless to say that this caused a lot of public outrage.
He was quite popular during the time of the trial. From 2012 to July 2013, Zimmerman was headlining a lot of news. George was acquitted of all of the charges by the court back in 2013, yet he is still popular and finds his way into the headlines time and time again.
People in the United States do know his name as he has a quite recognizable personality. One of the things that helped his popularity is the gun that was used to kill a young black teenager. More on that later.
During the trial, he always stated that he did kill Trayvon in self-defense, insisting that he did not commit cold-blooded murder. The judge and the jury ruled in his favor, which acquitted him of all the charges.
Something that is really interesting about this case is the fact that George did have a lot of his supporters, even though people were angry at him the first time he said that he did it in self-defense. What is a good indication of that support?
Well, he created a website back in 2012, ready to accept donations from people who want to help him fight this case. Many didn’t believe that anyone is willing to help him out, but the numbers that he was able to reach on the website are astonishing.
People were donating around 33.000 dollars every month on his website, which was a huge surprise. After a couple of months, he was able to collect up to 200.000 dollars only from donations. The other big source of income was the gun that the murder was committed with. We already mentioned it briefly.
He actually put the gun on auction, with the starting bid being 5.000 dollars. According to numerous sources, the gun sold for more than a quarter of million dollars. That has immensely helped his bank account after the trial.
Zimmerman is also known for selling his paintings. One of them even sold for over 100.00 dollars but was later found out to be a copy. After a while, it was found out that most of his paintings were not his original ideas. A lot of them were just stolen ideas from other sources.
In the end, the rumors are that Zimmerman’s net worth is around 10 million dollars. We know that he should be in good financial shape after all the numbers that we threw at you, but nobody really knows where did he get all that money from.
Even though he is someone with an extensive criminal record that existed even after this big trial, the fact of the matter is that he is still doing quite well for himself. Take this number with a grain of salt, of course.