Mike Wolfe– Biography, Facts & Life Story
In 2012, Mike Wolfe finally moved into his ideal home. If one were to take a tour of his lair, it would not be called humble. The 53-year-old is most known for co-creating and hosting the reality TV show American Pickers, which follows pickers as they travel from town to town in search of antiques and treasures.
He’s also an advocate for the Operation Smile organization, and he occasionally appears on its awareness programs.
In addition to appearing on his show every year (together with Frank Fritz, Danielle Colby, Danny Koker, and Robbie Wolfe), the Joliet native now operates Antique Archaeology, an antique and apparel firm.
Mike Wolfe- Early Life
The famous picker was born in 1964 to a single mother in Joliet, Illinois. He’s the middle child of a family of three, raised by a single mother. Poverty had been a part of his life since he was a child. His family later relocated to Iowa, where he met his future co-host, Frank Fritz, in high school. They both graduated from Bettendorf High School in 1982.
He made his first choice when he was six years old. His initial sale yielded a profit of $5. He made $4,950 profit after buying an abandoned bike from a farmer for $50 a decade later.
American Pickers’ Story on History Channel
Mike spent nearly two decades specialized in ‘picking’ before History Channel picked up his show. Mike and his longtime friend and co-host, Frank, were so thrilled by the executives at History Channel that they violated the tradition of airing a pilot and gave Mike and his longtime buddy and co-host, Frank, a season deal.
American Pickers had the highest first-week audience for History Channel since Ice Road Truckers when it premiered (2007). American Pickers is now in its 19th season, and it is still one of History Channel’s most popular shows. Kid Pickers: How To Turn Jack Into Treasure and Art Of The Pick are two of his publications that focus on picking skills.
Mike married Jodie Faeth in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee on September 8, 2012. ‘Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?’ was the subject of the wedding. They had been dating for ten years before marrying. Mike and Jodie’s previous marriage produced a daughter, Charlie, and a son, Kyle.
The Bettendorf alumnus was able to buy his ideal house for his family with the money he gained selling his way of life on television.
Mike Wolfe: Net Worth
According to estimates, the reality TV personality is paid a whopping half a million dollars for a season-long stint on the History Channel’s American Pickers.
Mike and Frank, a high school friend, are said to get paid $125,000 for the first two episodes of a season and $20,000 per episode for the rest of the season. Speculating on his net worth will be a pastime for Tabloids till his actual tax form is disclosed. In terms of his net worth, he has amassed a 13-million-dollar empire. However, there have been several more reports of his net worth in 2018 that contradict the previous statistics.
Mike Wolfe: House
Mike Wolf, believe it or not, bought his first home at an auction while looking for a motorcycle. They were residing in downtown LeClaire, Iowa along the river a year before their wedding in September 2011. They had rented the ground level to shop enterprises while living in the duplex apartment above, which was a nice space, despite his earnings.
He now lives in a mansion that is the polar opposite of the humble home he showed a NY Times reporter in 2011. He moved his family to a new dream house after their wedding in 2012.
His dream house is 5,100 square feet and sits on 32 acres of wooded property. One can’t help but notice the 18th-century gate and front door when visiting his land. His collection of over 40 motorcycles, as well as a built-in telephone booth, are on display inside. His house’s grandeur is reflected in a castle-like turret that he built for his daughter. That’s a man living within his means in a home of his dreams.