Boasting of a net worth of $1.6 billion, Joop van den Ende was born on February 23, 1942. Due to his significant holdings, he is the fifth richest person in the Netherlands. He originally worked as a party supply salesman before he co-founded Endermol with John de Mol. Together, the partnership creates global hits like the Voice and Big Brother. After they sold Endemol for $5.3 billion in 2000, Joop van den Ende has focused on his work in the theater. He is the creator and current owner of State Entertainment. This theater production companies has up to 50 plays a year as well as numerous concerts.
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Productions that are located in the United States have been recognized with more than 40 Tony Awards. Although Joop van den Ende is no longer the chairman of the board of his theater production company, he still serves on the supervisory board. His impressive work history garnered him an honorary doctorate from Nyenrode Business University. During the years between 2005 to 2008, van den Ende stayed busy with real estate development. He worked with Living City Property Performance to create urban regeneration that were based around the concept of central theaters within communities.