Chip Gaines is an American reality TV star. The realtor/contractor rose to fame thanks to his home improvement TV series, Fixer Upper. The series follows Gaines and his wife as they turn dreary-looking houses into beautiful homes. Their show has grown so popular that celebrity couples, like Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, have hired them to remodel their homes. The couple was also named on Time’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2019. Get to know more about Gaines here including his bio, net worth, kids as well as the divorce rumors involving him and his wife.
Chip Gaines Bio
Chip Gaines was born on the 14th of November 1974 in Albuquerque New Mexico. He hails from a family of four; his father’s name is Bob while his mother’s name is Gayle Gaines. He also has a sister named Shannon. The reality TV star spent his formative years on his father’s ranch in Waco Texas. Whilst growing up, Gaines excelled in baseball and even hoped to make a career out of it. He, however, failed to make the cut for college and instead concentrated his attention on his studies. Chip Gaines studied Marketing and Business Administration at Baylor University and graduated in 1998. Upon graduation, he tried his hands at several business ventures, including laundry service, fireworks stand and a landscaping company before he discovered his natural aptitude for real estate.
Wife (Joanna Gaines) and Kids
Joanna Stevens Gaines was born on the 19th of April 1978 in Kansas. She grew up in the lone star state and endured bullying from her fellow kids due to the fact that she had a mixed ethnicity comprising of Korean, Lebanese and German ancestry. Gaines, however, did not let the bullies deter her. After high school, she moved to Waco (Texas) where she attended Baylor University. She studied communications and obtained her degree in 2001. This was the same year that she met her future husband, Chip.
Prior to asking Joanna out, Chip Gaines frequented her dad’s tire shop where he spotted her in a family picture. He was quite taken with her and looked forward to the day that he would have the opportunity to ask her out. He eventually did so in October 2001 and she said yes. They had their first date but it turned out to be disappointing and the couple did not get together again until 2002.
After a series of dates, they eventually fell for each other and commenced a relationship. The couple tied the knot on the 31st of May 2003 and the ceremony took place at the tire shop belonging to Joanna’s dad. Chip Gaines and his wife now have five kids together; they are sons – Drake, Duke, and Crew as well as daughters – Ella and Emmie Kay.
One of the consequences of fame is the negative speculations that often come with it. Chip Gaines and his wife have not been able to escape this. There have been several unfounded rumors that their marriage is on the brink of collapse. One of such rumors arose after Gaines spent an extended amount of time, three months, in Mexico. Some claimed that it was a prelude to their divorce but it turned out that he was there for a Spanish immersion program. Due to the frequency of the divorce rumors, Gaines and his wife have been forced to come out and address it head-on. They described the rumors as untrue and stated that a “divorce won’t ever happen”.
Chip Gaines and his wife have a combined net worth of $18 million. Their fortune stems from their home remodeling and renovation company, Magnolia Homes as well as their reality TV series, Fixer Upper. Their business empire started out with Gaines’ wife who decided to open a home accessories store known as Magnolia Market in 2003. The store enjoyed decent patronage until Gaines, who was already an expert in home construction, decided to team up with his wife. They, therefore, set up Magnolia Homes comprising of a real estate company, a design company, and a construction firm. Joanna spearheaded the designs division while Gaines took charge of the crew that brought her ideas to life.
The couple’s company grew steadily and so far, they have remodeled up to 100 homes and were eventually offered a TV series after HGTV saw an awesome picture of one of their projects. Fixer Upper debuted in 2013 and ran until 2017. The show attracted large viewership and propelled the couple to fame. Gaines and his wife are now set to launch their own TV channel which will also have an accompanying website and streaming app. Asides from their reality TV show, Gaines and his wife also own several business concerns including the Magnolia Table Restaurant in Waco. Joanna has also partnered with chain stores such as Target to release a collection of home accessories such as beddings, pillows etc.