Steven Rinella – Age, Wife, Family and Net Worth

Steven Rinella is a 49 year-old American outdoorsman, conservationist, writer, and TV personality born February 13, 1974. He is married to Catherine Parlette Finch, a Director of Publicity at the book division of the Weinstein Company. The couple got married in 2008 and have three children. Steven Rinella’s net worth is $4 million in 2024, and he has published over half a dozen books and hosted TV shows like The Wild Within and MeatEater.

Who Is Steven Rinella?

Steven John Rinella is originally from Twin Lake, Michigan, where he was born on the 13th of February, 1974. There is a clear indication that he inherited his father’s passion for hunting and fishing after he carefully understudied his dad whilst he was growing up. He began fishing at age three and reportedly caught his first squirrel at the age of eight and shot a dear at the age of thirteen. In search of knowledge, he started reading more historical books about the American wilderness and adventure.

He had his high school education at Reeths Puffer graduating in 1992 before proceeding to Grand Valley State University where he graduated in 1996. There is a dearth of information on the course he studied for his first degree. He would proceed to Montana-Missoula where he bagged Master of Fine Arts and creative writing.

Career Progress

Steven Rinella’s writing and television career took off immediately after school. He began to write stories about his adventures in the wild that featured in many publications in the US, including the New York Times, Men’s Journal, the Oprah Magazine, Glamour and many more. Soon he became the host of a television show titled The WildWithin in 2011 and the eight-episode series was aired on Travel Channel.

Having mastered the technical know-how in hosting a TV show, he began his own show MeatEater. The reality show captures his weekly hunting adventure in different locations across the world which include some states in the US like Montana, California, Alaska, New Zealand, Mexico and more. He tries to use the show to portray hunters as the stewards of the land and the guardians who are under obligation to protect their chosen prey species.

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As a prolific writer, he has written books such as American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon (2009), Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter (2012), The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game – Vol 1 & 2: Big Game & Small Game (2015), The Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine (2015), The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook (2018), etc.

The TV host has experienced some of the occupational hazards that go with the nature of his job in the ice mountains and forests of Alaska. He has had bouts of bacteria/disease infiltration as well as exposure to wild animals that attacked him and of course, the wrath of animal activists or vegetarians who feel pity for Steven’s venison.

Inside Steven Rinella’s Family

Steven is the son the last son of Rosemary Johnson and late Frank J. Rinella. He grew with his two elder brothers named Daniel Rinella and Matthew Rinella. Matthew is said to be a professional hunter that Steven once described him as an unstoppable force on the hunting ground while Daniel’s fishing skills is more adventurous. His two elder brothers appeared in the second season of MeatEater: Mount Hunting. Their hunting skills were said to be from their late father, Frank who taught his sons several techniques for hunting and fishing right from their tender age. Sadly, Frank J. Rinella passed on in 2002.

Who Is Steven Rinella’s Wife?

Steven is married to Catherine Parlette Finch, whom he met while marketing his first book. They started dating officially in 2006 and wedded two years later, precisely on July 12, 2008, in Fennville, Michigan. Together, they have three children.

Catherine Parlette who was born in 1979 is the daughter of Cynthia and Terry Stewart. She is an alumna of Colorado College and she works as a Director of Publicity at the book division of the Weinstein Company.

Steven Rinella’s Net Worth

Steven Rinella has an estimated net worth of $4 million in 2024. The television personality has dug a pot of gold through his many years of exploring the wild. It is believed that the average salary of a wildlife conversationalist is $76,130. If this fact is true, then it is no surprise that Rinella would have hit the six-digit sum in net worth.

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Awards and Recognitions

The author’s book titled American Buffalo won Sigurd F. Olsen Nature Writing Award as well as the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award. It was once an Amazon Book of the Month. In 2018, the book made the list of The San Francisco Chronicle’s best fifty non-fiction books.

Steven Rinella’s Height

Steven Rinella’s actual height is unavailable. However, going by his picture; we can say that he has an average height – the same thing can be said of his weight.


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