Harley artist Scott Jacobs to kick off premiere of "Secret Millionaire" TV series

Publish Date: 
May 23, 2012
By Mary Slepicka

Renowned motorcycle artist Scott Jacobs and his daughter, Alexa, will be featured on the premiere of “Secret Millionaire,” a new reality series on the ABC television network.

The one-hour show featuring Jacobs will air at 8 p.m. EDT on Sunday, June 3, according to an announcement from ABC Entertainment. The show is based on a similar TV series in the United Kingdom.

“Secret Millionaire” follows some of America’s most successful businesspeople as they spend one week in the country’s poorest areas, ultimately bestowing gifts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to people in those communities. The funding reportedly comes from the businessperson’s own funds.

Here’s how ABC describes the June 3 episode: “…millionaire and world-renowned artist Scott Jacobs and his sheltered 18-year-old daughter, Alexa, leave behind their family and lavish lifestyle in San Diego to spend six days in Newark, New Jersey – an American city in need – to search for those most in need of financial help. While there, father and daughter will attempt to survive on less than $75 during their week-long visit, while volunteering their time to worthy charitable organizations and searching their hearts to determine how much of their own fortune to gift the community heroes they meet.”

To say that the Harley artist and his family are well-known in the motorcycle industry may be an understatement. Jacobs, his wife and daughters over the past several years have spend hours sitting on folding chairs in front of pop-up galleries at every major motorcycle rally and numerous dealer events, selling prints and paintings all in the effort to build and sustain the family business. His paintings for many years graced the covers of the annual Sturgis Guide rally publication, produced by Dealernews and distributed throughout the Black Hills each August.

While many in the industry are well aware of the additional charity work done by Scott Jacobs and his family, this television series may elevate his endeavors to a new, more mainstream level.

“We can tell you how proud we were to be part of such an amazing adventure,” Jacobs said. “This was the most life-changing experience I have ever personally encountered, and the best part was that I was able to share it with my youngest daughter, Alexa. I hope the viewers will be as inspired and moved as we were. By the end of the week, Alexa and I were emotionally drained, and yet so exhilarated. The simple truth is, there’s joy and happiness in helping others.”

Narrated by actor Blair Underwood, “Secret Millionaire” is produced by Zodiak USA, the North American arm of Zodiak Media, which produces a number of “reality” television shows worldwide.