Gossip Extra: Florida House candidate Scott Herman’s net worth skyrockets after marriage

Scott Herman married well.

So well that the net worth of Herman, 43, a candidate to the Florida House of Representatives’ District 93 seat, is now $43,825,422.

And 74 cents.

So says the candidate’s recently filed financial disclosure statement.

In 2012, when he lost the race for the same seat in Broward, his financial statement showed he was worth $56,040.12.

What happened?

The openly gay Democrat told Gossip Extra that he got married to Cale Choi, 31, member of a prominent South Korean family with companies in Asia, Canada and the United Kingdom. The two eloped to Canada to get hitched in July 2013.

“We’ve combined assets,” Herman says. “That explains the jump. I believe in ethics, I believe in the spirit of the financial disclosure law and I will not ignore my spouse on paperwork.

“I have strong family values.”

According to the affidavit filed by Herman, his assets now include: a total of $14 million in nine banks on two continents; 30 real estate investment properties in Broward and elsewhere that provide a yearly income of about $1.4 million and are worth a total of $19.1 million; and $10.1 million in stocks and bonds.

In 2012, Herman’s only income was $2,600 a month from his Gulf War disabled veteran’s pension, and he had zero assets.

Republican incumbent George Moraitis is Herman’s opponent.

Herman already poured $90,000 into the race and he’ll add whatever it takes to blanket the area with advertising.


Nightclub owner Chris Paciello’s seven years in a federal penitentiary for his role in the killing of a Staten Island housewife in 1993 didn’t set him that far back financially.

Paciello just plunked down $800,000 for a house bordering the fancy La Gorce Country Club in Miami Beach.

Paciello, who once ruled the local nightscape thanks to his friendship with celebrities like Madonna, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Sofia Vergara and Mickey Rourke, just bought the 2,200-square-foot crib at 5785 Alton Rd., according to property records.

The whitewashed 1956 house was listed for $849,000.

The ex-con, 42, even obtained a $552,000 mortgage from Regions Bank to complete the sale, according to bank records.

Paciello was arrested in 1999 and accused of driving a getaway car in the robbery and killing.

In time, he pleaded guilty to the murder. His sentence was reduced in exchange for his help in mob-related investigations.

Paciello returned to Miami Beach three years ago and eventually opened the nightclub Story. New owners bought him out in 2013.


Joan Rivers’ death last week hit home for Miami gossip maven Raul De Molina, co-host of Univision’s El Gordo y la Flaca.

Rivers, he says, gave him his start on the tube 23 years ago.

De Molina worked as a paparazzo for the Boca Raton-based National Enquirer when he was picked to go on The Joan Rivers Show to talk celebs.

Because he and Rivers hit it off, De Molina was asked back a few more times — until someone at Univision noticed the gregarious character.

And the rest, as the say, is history.