Joanna Gaines and her husband rose to fame after their television reality show Fixer Upper began airing. The show afforded the power couple with the opportunity to help people transform run-down houses into the homes of their dreams. A testament of her outstanding work in the Real Estate industry is in the large pool of social media followers on her Twitter and Instagram handles. On Twitter, Joanna had racked up close to 1.41 million active followers while her Instagram reads 9.9 million followings.
In April 2018, at the last episode of the fifth season, the couple tearfully bade farewell to the Show that brought them to the limelight so they can focus on family and alternative business vocations.
Joanna Gaines’ Bio
Joanna Lea Stevens was born and raised in Kansas Texas, on the 19th of April 1978. She grew up with her two sisters, Teresa Criswell and Mary Kay McCall and earned her first degree from Baylor University where she studied Communication in the year 2001. The Fixer Upper TV personality’s early aspiration was to be a newscaster; she featured in local advertisements for her father’s auto shop and also worked as at the front desk.
It was during her days of featuring in commercials and helping with her dad’s business that she met the man who would become her husband and career partner until September 26, 2017, when the 5th season of the show was announced as the last. Amid tears, the couple bowed out of Fixer Upper after the show’s Season Finale in April 2018.
Although the show had ended, Joanna commenced filming another spinoff of the series tagged Behind the Scenes which was aired on HGTV in the same month the former ended in 2018. The 30 minutes timed show showcases how she came up with the designs used in the defunct Fixer Upper show. Joanna Gaines also collaborates with US retail giants Total Corporation to provide home and lifestyle products online. She opened a restaurant in February 2018 named Magnolia Table which serves produce harvested from her and Chip’s garden.
Her Spouse or Husband – Chip Gaines and Kids
Joanna met Chip Gaines in 2001 and they dated for two years before getting married in Waco Texas in the year 2003. Chip Carter Gaines was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on November 14, 1974. He relocated to Texas during his third grade and grew up in his grandparent’s ranch in North of Texas. He captained his high school football team before attending Baylor University from where he graduated.
The couple started their first business with a $5000 loan. They opened a retail store which they named Magnolia Market and spent the next 10 years growing their business before eventually going into helping clients buy and remodel properties. Joanna published her home designs on her blog which caught the attention of Katie Neff, a TV producer who approached them about airing a home rehab show with the HGTV.
The show debuted on May 2013 and became a hit in the very first season when the couple transformed a dilapidated den of hoarders into a lovely home. It quickly garnered almost 2 million viewers which prompted the renewal for more airtime spanning into 5 full seasons from April 2014. In January 2015 they converted an abandoned Waco site into a beautiful bustling shopping mall, making Waco into another interesting touring destination.
Gaines launched a line of paints, wallpaper designs and furniture in 2016 and published the maiden edition of their quarterly magazine The Magnolia Journal as well as a guest inn named The Magnolia House in the same year.
They also run a Magnolia blog and have published a memoir The Magnolia Story which consists of a reflection on milestones of their lives and family. The Magnolia story became a New York Best Seller within a month of its publication and ranks among the United States Today list of nonfiction bestsellers
Rumors of their divorce eas rife in 2017, but Joanne and Chip debunked the hoax through a twitter post Chip made on August 4 of the same year, assuring everyone that such a thing would never happen.
Joanna Gaines’s fairytale marriage with Chip is blessed with five children; Drake Gaines (born 2005), first daughter Ella Rose Gaines born in 2006, another son Duke Gaines birthed in 2008, a second daughter Emmie Kay Gaines was delivered in 2010 and their last child and son Crew Gaines, arrived in 2018. This brings the total number of the family to 7.
Her Net Worth
Joanna Gaines has been in a joint business with her husband Chip since they got married in 2003. The couple has grown their humble retail business to an empire and has also earned handsomely on the HGTV reality show Fixer Upper from which they earned an estimated $30,000 from each episode. According to Forbes, each of them has an estimated net worth of $5 million.
Parents of Joanna Gaines
Joanna’s birth parents are the half German and half Lebanese Jerry Stevens and a Korean mother.
Her parents met in 1969 when her dad was on a tour of duty in Korea. They are both very much alive, waxing strong by the day.