From a young 4-year-old kid who loved tinkering to one of the country’s most renowned foragers, Mike Wolfe is the perfect example of where passion can lead you. The face of the American TV reality show American Pickers, Mike has traveled around the world in search of treasure. To Mike, dilapidated barns and overgrown yards embody the beauty of longs-lost things. Wolfe takes to the road with his trusted partner Frank Fritz and has been together for more than 20 years. Taking the words of Wolfe, “A picker’s kind of like a nomad”. To him, the people and stories he meets of the way is an integral part of the journey. He also owns a small shop in Le Claire, Iowa, and Nashville, Tennessee. They have become a center for Antique Archaeology with tourists flocking from around the world.
Born on the 11th of June 1964, Mike Wolfe is a child of divorced parents. A native of Joliet, Illinois, little info is known about his early life and education. He was raised alongside his siblings Robbie and Beth. Following a life in poverty, things changed for Mike when he landed the deal with the history channel. From 2010, Mike began hogging our TV screens with his wonderous exploits and antique findings.
A big part of why Mike is a household name today is due to American Pickers. After the deal closed in 2010, Mike has worked tirelessly as its creator, producer, and co-host. People quickly took a liking to the show with reports claiming that at the height of its popularity, the show amassed more than 5 million viewers. Back in the day, it’s viewer count would often rival top shows like American Idol. Following the stellar success of the show, Mike also started a kid version of American Pickers. Inspiring others is a personal motto of Mike, something which is visible in all his exploits.
A happy married life:
A high school romance turned into reality, Mike married his long-time girlfriend Jodi Faeth. The pair got hitched on the 8th of September 2008 and are still going strong. The pair is blessed with a lovely daughter, Charlie Faeth Wolfe who was born on January 20, 2012. The pair currently occupy a 5100 square feet mansion in Iowa. The house has an 18th century feel to it and looks like something out of a storybook. A motorbike fanatic, Mike has collected over 40 different bikes.
Following his exploits from the road as well as his deal with American Pickers, Mike has amassed an incredible sum of money. His net worth is estimated at around USD 4.5 million.