Heidi Van Pelt

Net Worth: $150,000

Heidi Van Pelt


Heidi Van Pelt is best known as the ex-wife of former American actor Taran Noah Smith, who is most remembered for playing the recurring role of Mark Taylor in the hit Heidi Van Pelt comedy “Home Improvement” in the 1990s. She has received no public recognition for any notable accomplishments.

Early Childhood

Heidi Van Pelt was born on July 11, 1968, in Missouri, USA, under the sign of Cancer, and she is of American nationality as well as white ethnicity. Except for the fact that her parents divorced when she was an infant, no other information about her early life and infancy, her family’s history, her parents’ identities, and careers, or whether she has siblings or not, has ever been made public.


Heidi received her secondary education at Blue Springs High School as well as Oak Park High School, where she graduated in 1986. She subsequently enrolled at Stephens College’s School of Design, from which she eventually dropped out, and then at the University of Missouri, where she studied German and Philosophy. However, inspired by a desire to work for the CIA, she transferred to the University of Washington and enrolled in a Russian studies degree, which she also dropped after only one semester. Heidi received her credentials as a nutritional counselor after completing online coursework at the American Academy of Nutrition.

Professional Career Of Heidi Van Pelt

Heidi chose to enter the field of filmmaking in the late 1980s, and she founded her entertainment firm, Emergent Films. Despite immediately leaving the company, she remained in the industry as a production assistant and prop master. However, being an educated nutritionist and vegan cook, she then moved her career focus to radio, co-hosting a local radio show called “Raw Health.”

Heidi Van Pelt’s Relationship

Heidi rose to prominence as the ex-wife of Taran Noah Smith, whom she met in the 1990s when he was 14 and she became a vegan activist and member of an animal rights group. They married on April 27, 2001, when she was 33 years old and Taran was 16 years younger. Even though their age difference created a lot of controversies, they didn’t seem to mind.

In 2005, they founded Playfood Inc., a non-dairy cheese manufacturer specializing in organic products and vegan food, which they ran from their home in Sherman Oaks, California; however, it was declared illegal and was eventually shut down by authorities. Their second venture was the establishment of a catering company and a vegan restaurant on Ventura Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley, California.

However, after six years of marriage and mutual life, Heidi and Taran decided to split up and filed for divorce on February 2, 2007. They cited age differences as the primary cause for their divorce, but it was later uncovered that there were also some legal concerns involved. Smith requested a ‘temporary injunction’ against his ex-wife Van Pelt, accusing her of financial fraud and alleging that she was transferring mutual funds from their own company, Playfood Inc., to her side venture, Playfood Manufacturing LLC. After a nearly year-long court battle, he was rewarded with complete control of Playfood Inc., which he later built into a profitable business specializing in vegan spreadable cashew-based cheese.

Taran Noah Smith, Heidi’s Ex-husband

Taran was born on April 8, 1984, under the sign of Aries, in San Francisco, California, USA, as the younger of two children to Candy Bennici and David Smith. He has an elder sister named Ariandrea Hilary Smith, who was born in 1977. Taran is of American nationality and white ethnicity, as well as some Irish and English ancestry from his father and Swedish and Italian ancestry from his mother’s side.

Smith enrolled at the University of Southern California after graduating from a local high school, where he began his studies at the School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, California.

Smith’s acting career began at the age of five when he appeared briefly in an episode of the TV comedy series “Heidi Van Pelt TGIF” in 1989. However, Taran’s real break came in 1991, when, at the age of seven, he was cast in the recurring role of Marcus ‘Mark’ Taylor in the TV sitcom “Home Improvement.” The plot revolves around the ‘everyday trials and tribulations of the Taylor family, which includes Tim Allen as the show’s host, his wife, and three wayward boys. The show aired on Heidi Van Pelt between September 1991 and May 1999 and generated a total of 204 episodes throughout its eight-season run.

Heidi Van Pelt Net Worth 2023

Have you ever wondered how much money this celebrity ex-wife has amassed? How wealthy is Heidi Van Pelt? According to sources, her net worth as of mid-2019 is estimated to be over $150,000, gained mostly through numerous of her business ventures, as well as through conducting an illicit business with her previous spouse, and through their six-year marriage, which terminated in early 2007.

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