Since April 2010, History Channel has kept viewers wanting more with their documentary-style series, Ancient Aliens. Giorgio A. Tsoukalos made his name on the show, where he appeared as the publisher of Legendary Times Magazine. He was also a producer on the show, leveraging its success for other television and media projects.
His road to TV and Ancient Aliens comes via an unwavering belief in the existence of aliens. Not just as entities who exist far away in the cosmos but as beings who live among us and have influenced significant events in global history. Giorgio has famously credited aliens for helping President Donald Trump win the 2016 election. It is all part of a long-running presence in public life that has made him one of the world’s famous ufologists.
A Former Bodybuilding Promoter Who Made a TV Career Out of His Alien Obsession
Today, Giorgio A. Tsoukalos goes by many titles. Writer. Ufologist. Television Presenter. Producer. However, for a long time, he had none of those and was instead a promoter for bodybuilding competitions. He was born on March 14, 1978, in Lucerne, Switzerland, and is of Greek-Austrian heritage.
He is also multilingual, fluent in English, Italian, Greek, French, and German. Tsoukalos spent his childhood years in Switzerland before leaving for the United States in the early 1990s. In the US, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Sports Information and Communication from the Ithaca College, New York, in 1998.
After graduation, Giorgio started working as a sports promoter, mainly bodybuilding. He also volunteered as a publicist for IFBB authorized bodybuilding competitions such as Mr. Olympia. From 2001 to 2005, he worked as the producer and director of San Francisco’s annual biking contest Pro Grand Prix.
After spending some years working as a sports promoter and producer, Giorgio A. Tsoukalos came across the theory on ancient aliens and ancient astronauts. The issue caught his fancy, and he desired to know more. He subjected himself to the tutelage of Swiss Ancient Alien Astronaut theorist and writer, Erich von Däniken.
Having acquired substantial knowledge on the subject, Giorgio A. Tsoukalos co-founded now-defunct magazine, The Legendary Times, in 2008. The now-online journal covers topics on ancient astronauts and other related matters. It mostly lends credence to ideas of other alien astronauts theory proponents, including von Däniken, Hatcher Childress, and Robert Bauval.
Giorgio also became the director of Daniken’s Center for Ancient Astronaut Research. He got his first taste of television appearing as an expert figure in the TV series documentary, Is It Real?. Later in 2009, with his experience as a promoter, he collaborated with Kevin Burns to produce the History channel hit show, Ancient Aliens, effectively launching his TV career.
Since Ancient Aliens, Giorgio A. Tsoukalos Has Hosted or Appeared in Six Shows
Ancient Aliens went on air in 2009, and Giorgio has worked on it as a consulting producer and co-executive producer. The documentary-style program explores the hypotheses of ancient astronauts to prove the existence of aliens and past human-extraterrestrial contact.
The show has received strong criticism from various members of the scientific community, from historians, archaeologists, to cosmologists. Still, it has remained on the air, growing in popularity, and making Giorgio a household name.
As a producer, Tsoukalos has worked on more than 88 episodes of the show. He appears as a contributor and has been featured in more than 179 episodes. The show itself has aired 15 seasons, with more than 191 episodes. He has benefited from the show’s popularity, with a photo of him during an episode sparking the viral meme, Ancient Aliens Guy.
Leveraging on the popularity, Giorgio A. Tsoukalos has worked on other shows. He appeared in an Extreme Universe episode and has featured in two episodes of The Joe Rogan Experience. In 2014, he began hosting the miniseries documentary, In Search of Aliens, which explored the fascinating evidence behind some of the world’s famous mysteries.
While maintaining his role on the History channel show, the writer and ancient astronaut theorist has made other onscreen appearances. He appeared on Buzzfeed Unsolved: Supernatural, WGN Morning News, America’s Book of Secrets, and Truth-Seekers. In 2017, he appeared in episodes of Hysteria 51 and Next Week with Jeff Durbin.
As part of his role in Ancient Aliens, he appeared in special episodes of the show, Aliens and Ancient Engineers and Alien Contacts, in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
He Has a Net Worth of $4 Million Earned Primarily from The Show
To scientific experts and sceptics, Ancient Aliens and other similar shows he appears in might be a huge load of nonsense. Regardless, it has fetched the publisher and former sports promoter a sizeable income, currently estimated at $4 million. Due to the show’s long-running status, his producer and contributor credits, Giorgio has earned a significant fraction of the show’s revenue.
Besides his work onscreen, he has also made money from the published book, Ancient Aliens: The Official Companion Book. The book went on sale on November 15, 2016, with Giorgio earning money as a producer of the show on which it is based.
The History Channel online store sells Giorgio-branded products like bobbleheads, t-shirts, face caps, tote bags, and more. There is a possibility he makes additional income by having his likeness sold by the TV network. Giorgio has also been known to travel on sponsored research expeditions around the globe to mysterious ancient sites.
The Alien Enthusiast is Married to a Glass Artist and Jewelry Designer
Considering his weird theories and teachings, one might be thinking that Tsoukalos would also have a bizarre personal life. But no, the Ancient Aliens guy is actually a plain married man.
Giorgio A. Tsoukalos married Krix Beeble on March 10, 2013. Giorgio’s wife, Kris, is a glass artist and jewellery designer. She is the CEO of Krix Beeble Creations, an art studio which she established in 2006, where she creates, displays, and sells her artefacts. Her creations include necklaces, bracelets, pendants, talisman, finger, and earrings. She mostly makes the ornaments and accessories from glass, metal, and leather.
Among Beeble’s biggest patrons is her husband, Tsuokalos, who often flaunts her prestigious designs. While she is not a big promoter of alien astronaut theory, she shares her husband’s belief in aliens. Krix has incorporated some of these ideas in her designs. She also accompanies her husband to conventions and lectures on the subject.
Since they got married, Giorgio and his wife are yet to have any children. Still, they continue to live a happy life together with zero controversies or separation rumours. The couple lives in Los Angeles, California, in the United States.