Rick Lagina is a passionate American treasure hunter, reality television star, and producer. He is a brother to Marty Lagina with whom he shares a common interest in treasure hunting. Rick is mostly known for his History Channel reality show, The Curse of Oak Island. He is also recognized for starring alongside his brother Marty on the 2015 comedy-variety-talk show, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
Over the years, people have shown interest in knowing certain things about Rick due to his private nature, so, we gathered answers to some of the questions most asked about this Lagina.
An Article He Read At Age 11 Set Rick Lagina On The Path Of Treasure Hunting
Rick Lagina revealed that he had always wanted to be a treasure hunter, an interest he developed as an 11-year-old full of curiosity. He had a particular interest in the speculated treasures hidden on Oak Island since he was a child and he wanted to solve the mystery to reveal the treasure. His burning passion for treasury hunting became even stronger after he read an article on the January 1965 issue of Reader’s Digest magazine about the effort made by a family to dig out the historical artifacts and rare gems buried on the island.
On realizing that his two children have a great interest in the treasures of Oak Island, Rick’s father showed them (Rick and his brother, Marty) an article about the island on The Wall Street Journal. The article further heightened Rick and Marty’s interest in the legends of the Oak Island. From then onward, Rick occupied himself with searching out all the speculations, facts, and intricacies of the Island. He and his brother later began the Oak Island treasure hunt in 2006, employing various global experts, as well as the most recent technology to explore and solve the mysteries of the island.
Their Quest Birthed The Curse of Oak Island
Together with his brother, Rick Lagina created a reality television series, The Curse of Oak Island. Their aim of setting up the show is to document and broadcast their exploration progress on the island. The six-season reality series, comprising 71 episodes, premiered in Canada on January 5, 2014, and has been running on the History network since 2014. Robert Clotworthy narrates the story while producers, Rick and Marty, feature as the main actors.
The Curse of Oak Island exposes the history and theories of the Oak Island, previous explorations of the site, as well as past and recent discoveries. It focuses on locations of interest on the island, including the Money Pit, Borehole 10-x, Smith’s Cove, Nolan’s Cross, the Hatch, the Watchtower, and the Swamp. The show is currently on its sixth and last season and has so far garnered millions of viewers across the globe.
The Oak Island is a 140-acre (57-hectare) wooded island off of Novia Scotia in Canada, with a history of mysterious treasure hunt dating back to 1795. A myth has it that seven heads must go down on the island before it will divulge its hidden treasures. Six have reportedly died so far, but the Lagina brothers are still not deterred in their quest.
Before he earning a living as a treasure hunter, Rick Lagina, who has an impressive tall figure, worked as a U.S. postal worker.
Earnings And Net Worth Garnered So Far
Rick Lagina’s estimated net worth is $2 million. His expertise and diligence on the Oak Island hunt series have earned him considerable fame and that is accompanied by wealth, most times. Rick makes a majority of his income from projects involving the Oak Island treasure hunt.
On August 2, 2016, Nova Scotia Business Inc. revealed they approved $1,271,546 to fund the production of the 4th season of The Curse of Oak Island.
Aside from the money he makes from the Oak Island TV show, Rick is also a shareholder of the island. This means he owns part of the island as 78% of the Oak Island belongs to him, his brother Marty, as well as a host of others like Craig Tester, Dan Blankenship, and Alan J. Kostrzewa. Together, they also make money from Oak Island Tours, a business they established to take visitors on a guided tour of the island. Enthusiasts often visit the historic island to learn the history surrounding it, as well as know more about the efforts put into the treasure hunting.
Again, being a reality star on History Channel has its own perks – in terms of earnings. Though the contract details are not made public, Lagina should be bagging a fortune on the show’s residuals each time the network airs episodes of the show.
What We Know About His Family Background
Rick Lagina was born in the 1950s in Michigan, United States; his exact birth date is not known, however, he is the first of three siblings. He grew up in Kingsford, North of Michigan, together with his brother Marty, his sister Matina, and their parents, George Jacob Lagina and Ann (Cavalieri) Lagina.
Though he is often on TV, not much is known about Rick’s personal life. They seem to have remained as hidden as the treasures he searches for on the deadly Oak Island.
Is Rick Lagina Married?
As hinted earlier, Rick Lagina hardly share anything about his private life. Whether he has a wife, kids, family, and the likes, no one can say yet. But considering his age and personality, Rick might have a family of his own somewhere, hidden away from the prying eyes of the media.
At the moment, no one has an idea who Rick Lagina’s wife is neither has anyone, especially the media, sighted him with any female friend. Worse still, he is not active on social media platforms – he has no accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the rest.
For the most part, Rick buries himself in his quest on Oak Island. The Curse of Oak Island star spends his summers chasing the treasure they read about with his team in Nova Scotia. When he is not doing this, you might catch him searching for new ways to continue the Oak Island treasure hunt.
Unlike Rick, however, Marty is openly married to a woman known as Olivia and they have two kids, a daughter named Maddie and a son named Alex.