Chip Gaines is a reality TV personality, design guru, and home renovator. He rose to fame after the first episode of the Fixer Upper aired on HGTV in 2013. After the final season in 2018, Gaines has ventured into other businesses. For example, he has interests in property markets and renovations. Together with his wife, Joana Gaines, he has also invested in Texas's restaurant business.
Apart from Gaines's impressive career on TV, his private life is often a subject in entertainment circles. For example, questions about his health and family have overshadowed his latest projects. However, the Texas native is never afraid to shed light on any issue affecting him or his brand.
Chip Gaines profile summary
- Name: Chip Carter Gaines
- Date of birth: 14 November 1974
- Place of birth: Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Profession: Reality TV personality, design guru, and a home renovator
- Nationality: American
- Wife: Joanna Gaines
Chip Gaines real name, family, and education
Chip Carter Gaines, commonly known as Chips Gaines, was born on 14 November 1974. His parents, Bob Gaines and Gayle Gaines lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico. However, he moved from Albuquerque (together with his sister, Shannon Gaines) to Colleyville, where he attended school.
Does Chip Gaines have a degree? Yes. After graduating from Grapevine High School, he secured Baylor University admission. While he played basketball in college, Gaines was interested in business. In his final year, she stopped playing sports to concentrate on business.
Relationship, children, and Chip Gaines' health
The TV star is married to Joanna Gaines. Over the years, they have become one of the most admired couples on TV. According to them, they are inseparable because they have known each other since college. After knowing each other for years, they married in 2003.
From his marriage with Joanna, he has five children. The last born was born in 2018, two months after the couple exiting TV. While they have joked about adding another child, Crew seems their last born.
As a public figure, details such as his health are never private. When he was new on TV, some viewers noted Chip Gaines eye injury. While the TV star has never tried to hide it, he often ignores the questions about what happened to his eye.
Does Chip Gaines have cancer? No. Rumours about him having cancer started circulating in 2019 when he started a campaign to fundraise $500,000 for cancer patients. However, unknown to many, the initiative was after his friend, Gabriele Grunewald, succumbed to cancer.
Since graduating from university, Chip Gaines has tried different things, on and off the TV screens. Some of his career highlights include:
As the proprietor of Baylor Wash' n Fold
Gaines's first business, Wash' n Fold, was a college laundry business. According to him, he brought his friends on board in running and managing the business. Thanks to the ready market (of campus students), the business grew to be one of the university's biggest students' owned enterprises. Unfortunately, when he graduated, the business was no longer viable. So, he closed it.
As a TV personality
From May 23, 2013, to April 3, 2018, Chip Gaines was a Fixer Upper TV host. The show showcased Gaines's journey in rebuilding and renovating simple homes into luxurious places. While the HGTV show was based in Texas, it had a huge following across the world.
Besides attracting a lot of viewership, Fixer Upper was nominated in different awards. Besides getting four nominations in different awards, the TV star used his brand to pursue other dreams. For example, after the show, he opened a hotel in Texas.
However, like other show hosts, he received a lot of criticism. The TV personality has been accused of insincerity. One of his show's biggest critics was not disclosing (to his fans) that the show was not purely a reality show.
Besides not disclosing details about the show to his fans, Fixer Upper unhappy clients have also pointed out that the show could proceed with renovations until they come up with a budget. Such details are not available to millions of homeowners interested in being featured on the show.
Joint owner of Magnolia Network
In 2018, Chip revealed his plans about launching his TV network. According to his initial press release, the TV network will be available on Discovery Plus. Unfortunately, the plans to reveal his network were put on hold because of the global pandemic.
After months of waiting, the Magnolia Network will be launched on July 15, 2021. The TV network will air different shows such as Magnolia Table, a cooking show hosted by the couple. The Network will also feature other reality TV stars such as Erin Benzakein, Abner Ramirez, and Amanda Sudano.
As a real estate investor
After his wedding, Chip Gaines and his wife bought a home. Since the house was not to their liking, they renovated it. In the process of customising and improving their new home, they fell in love with the process and results.
They renovated their friends' houses for a fee. Later, the couple registered their first company, Magnolia Villas. The company currently has many services, including real estate services, designing, and residential subdivision. When he is not shooting, Chip is working on the company's projects.
However, before Fixer Upper became one of the most successful TV shows, Chip Gaines bought out his business associates. According to his former associates, the TV star did not disclose (to them that) Magnolia Realty was planning to start a show on HGTV. While he has counter-sued his former business partners, the case has dented his reputation.
As an author
Gaines has published books about different subjects he is passionate about. While he is mainly involved in renovations and constructions, the TV personality is interested in social topics. His latest two books, Building a Network and No Pain, No Gaines, are mainly motivational and self-development.
The TV star has also used his books to tell his story. As a self-made TV star, he believes he has an obligation to tell his story authentically.
Net worth and income
According to multiple sources such as the Celebrity Net Worth, Chip Gaines net worth is $10 million. Together with his wife, he is worth $20 million. The TV star has accumulated most of his worth in the past decade, especially through his TV show.
Apart from his other ventures, such as hotels in Texas, Chip and Joanna have a family farmhouse. In November 2018, his wife gave TODAY a home tour. While the tour left some key things, such as the home's cost, the farmhouse is one of their biggest known investments in the recent past.
Chip Gaines's alternative source of income is from hotels. In 2019, he shared a video of him and Joanna opening a hotel in downtown Waco, Texas. Since they are a famous couple, the hotel is one of Texas's most popular restaurants.
Since 2013 when Chip Gaines first appeared on TV, he has revolutionised reality TV. Although his show on HGTV ended after five seasons, it opened more doors for the TV personality. His entity, Magnolia Network, will give his fans unlimited access to the kind of content he produced in the five seasons with HGTV.
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