How much is Mike Wolfe worth? $5 million
How did the Personality earn his money and wealth?
Mike Wolfe’s childhood started with an unusual hobby when he grew up in Bettendorf, Iowa. Driven by the need to make money since he and his siblings were brought up by their single mom, Mike Wolfe started picking at the age of 6. It was not easy for his other to raise three young children and thus started Mike Wolfe’s interest in picking. It first started when he picked a bicycle and sold it later for $5 and he has been hooked since. Mike Wolfe learned early in his life that bartering things for what he wanted was fun. He managed to get his first motorcycle by bartering a pair of stereo speakers for it. As of 2018, Mike Wolfe’s net worth $4 million.
As a young man, from 1989 to 2000, Mike Wolfe opened two bicycle stores as well as “Antique Archeology” in LeClaire, Iowa. Initially, he started picking for bikes and moved on to other items like furniture, machinery, and lighting etc. He started traveling to different parts of the country on the lookout for “junk” which could be turned into prized collectibles. He started filming as he went along and was joined by his childhood friend, Frank Fritz.
Mike Wolfe believed that his picking adventures with Frank Fritz would be great to televise and show the viewers how much their treasure hunt was. He tried to pitch his television idea for more than 5 years before it was picked up by History Channel in 2010. The show was called “American Pickers” and since then the show has been a roaring success. The first episode was viewed by 3 million viewers who were hooked to an exciting show of discovery in different parts of America. The show featured Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz as well as Danielle Colby, who takes care of the store while they are traveling.
Since the success of “American Pickers”, Mike Wolfe is now considered as one of the most bankable television personalities and is also greatly admired by producers and directors. Apart from his stores and TV show, Mike Wolfe has also written books. He wrote “American Pickers Guide to Picking” in 2011 with Frank Fritz, Danielle Colby, and Libby Callaway. He has also written a kids version called “Kid Pickers: How to Turn Junk into Treasure” in 2013.
Mike Wolfe has also produced and sang in an album titled “Music to Pick By” as he loves country music. He has also scripted a new television show which is based on his life and his adventures as a trash picker. Mike Wolfe has also signed an endorsement deal with Indian Motorcycles which coincidently is also his personal favourite.
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