Todd Palin is a man of many talents and passions. He is the ex-husband of former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, and he has also carved his own path as a TV personality, fisherman, oil operator and snowmobiling enthusiast. He has appeared in several reality shows, such as Sarah Palin’s Alaska, Stars Earn Stripes and The Detour. He has also worked as a commercial fisherman and an oil field production operator in Alaska, where he was born and raised. He is a skilled snowmobile racer who competes in the Iron Dog, the longest and toughest snowmobile race in the world. While Todd primarily rose to fame after being announced as the First Gentleman of Alaska from 2006 to 2009, he has found enormous success in his field. He is a versatile and adventurous man who has lived an extraordinary life. In this article, we will take a closer look at the bio of Todd Palin.
Todd Mitchell Palin
Date of birth
September 6, 1964
Place of birth
Dillingham, Alaska, U.S.
James F and Blanche Palin
Graduated from Wasilla High School in 1982; took some college courses but did not complete a degree
Independent; formerly registered as a member of the Alaskan Independence Party from 1995 to 2002
Oil field production worker, Commercial fisherman, Snowmachine racer
$6 million (estimated as of 2023)
Yup’ik (from a great-grandmother), Dutch, and English
Married Sarah Palin on August 29, 1988; divorced in 2020
Five: Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper, and Trig
Wasilla, Alaska, U.S.
Four-time champion of the Tesoro Iron Dog, the world’s longest snowmobile race; won in 1995, 2000, 2002 and 2007
First gentleman of Alaska from 2006 to 2009; first gentleman of Wasilla from 1996 to 2002; member of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission from 2004 to 2005 (resigned due to ethics complaints)
Advised his wife on various political issues; participated in her campaigns; advocated for people with disabilities; supported youth programs and vocational education; promoted Alaska tourism and natural resources
Appeared in Sarah Palin’s Alaska (2010), competed in Stars Earn Stripes (2012), The Detour (2018)
Todd Michelle Palin was born on the 6th of December 1964 in Dillingham, Alaska. Born to James F. “Jim” and Blanche Palin (née Roberts), Todd spent much of his early life in Alaska. Todd graduated from Wasilla High School in 1982 and went off to college. While he has taken a few college courses, Todd doesn’t hold a college degree.
After finishing high school, Todd started working for BP in the North Slope oil fields of Alaska. However, when Sarah was elected as the Governor of Alaska, Todd resigned from his position to avoid a conflict of interest. This resignation came when his employer became involved in natural gas pipeline negotiations with his wife’s administration. As a result, Todd was forced to leave his position as production supervisor, a position he had spent the last 18-years in. The resignation laster for 7 months and Todd once again joined the BP. The decision came in the wake of an income shortage for his family. However, to avoid conflict of interest he accepted a non-management position as a production operator.
He later resigned from the position on September 18, 2009, with the stated reason as a desire to spend more time with his family. Since then, Todd has been actively worked as a commercial salmon fisherman at Bristol Bay on the Nushugak River.
As a TV Personality
Todd has had a brief career as a TV personality, appearing in several reality shows that featured his family, his hobbies, or his adventures in Alaska. He first appeared in Sarah Palin’s Alaska (2010), then in Stars Earn Stripes (2012), and most recently in The Detour (2016).
Life as the First Gentlemen
Todd’s life as the First Gentleman of Alaska was unique and unconventional. He was the first man to hold the title, and he was often nicknamed the “First Dude”. He served as the First Gentleman from 2006 to 2009, when his former wife Sarah Palin was the governor of Alaska. He was involved in various political and public activities, such as advising his wife on various issues, participating in her campaigns, advocating for people with disabilities, supporting youth programs and vocational education, and promoting Alaska tourism and natural resources. He also faced some criticism and controversy from some people who questioned his political affiliation, ethics, or influence on his wife’s political decisions. He balanced his public role with his private occupations, such as oil field production, commercial fishing, and snowmobile racing.
Champion Snowmobile Racer
From a relatively young age, Todd has always participated in the Tesoro Iron Dog which is the world’s longest snowmobile race. He is a four-time champion and bragged titles in, 1995, 2000,2002, and 2007. His most recent race was in 2016, which was less than ideal. Todd was seriously injured in an accident and suffered from a collapsed lung, fractured ribs, a broken clavicle, and a broken shoulder blade.
Todd has a estimated net worth of $6 million as of 2023. He has earned his wealth from his various occupations such as oil field production worker, commercial fisherman, snowmachine racer, and as well as from his real estate properties, book royalties, securities, and shared bank accounts with his former wife Sarah Palin. He also owns an aircraft, Piper PA-18 Super cub.
Todd married his high-school sweetheart in August 1988. In their years of togetherness, the Palin’s gave birth to five children. Their eldest Track Charles James (b. 1989) is a US Army Veteran and was deployed to Iraq on September 11, 2008. He was followed by, Bristol Sheeran Marie (b. 1990), Willow Bianca Faye (b. 1994), Piper Indy Grace (b. 2001), and Trig Paxson Van (b. 2008), who has Down syndrome. The pair shared a loving relationship which is why it shocked fans when they found out that Todd was filing for a divorce. He filed for divorce in September 2019, citing “incompatibility of temperament”. The divorce was finalized in March 2020, with both parties agreeing to joint custody of their youngest son Trig.
Life After Divorce
Todd’s life after divorce from his former wife Sarah Palin has been mostly private and low-key. Todd has reportedly moved on with a girlfriend whom he has had for some time, while Sarah has found a new love in retired New York Rangers player Ron Duguay. However, he has not made any statements about his current relationship. He is presumably still involved in his businesses, such as oil field production, commercial fishing, and snowmobile racing.
5 ft 8½ in (1.74 m)
Beard and mustache
Several from snowmobile accidents
Casual, outdoorsy, often wears hats
Todd Palin FAQs
Is Todd Palin a champion snowmobile racer?
Has Todd Palin competed in the Tesoro Iron Dog?
Is the Tesoro Iron Dog the world’s longest snowmachine race?
Has Todd Palin won the Tesoro Iron Dog four times?
Is Todd Palin’s racing partner Scott Davis?
Has Todd Palin faced challenges and injuries in the Tesoro Iron Dog?
Did Todd Palin break his arm in a high-speed crash in 2008?
Did Todd Palin suffer multiple broken ribs and a collapsed lung in 2016?
Was Todd Palin seriously injured in a snowmachine accident in 2016?
Does Todd Palin train for the Tesoro Iron Dog by riding his snowmachine on various trails and terrains across Alaska?
Does Todd Palin work out at a gym and do cross-country skiing to stay fit?
Does Todd Palin enjoy racing in the Tesoro Iron Dog because it allows him to experience the beauty and diversity of Alaska’s landscape and wildlife?
Does Todd Palin like the challenge and thrill of competing against other skilled racers in the Tesoro Iron Dog?
Has Todd Palin learned valuable lessons about teamwork, perseverance, and problem-solving from racing in the Tesoro Iron Dog?
Does Todd Palin appreciate the support and camaraderie of his family, friends, sponsors, and fans in his racing career?
Does Todd Palin face drawbacks and risks from racing in the Tesoro Iron Dog?
Is racing in the Tesoro Iron Dog physically and mentally demanding for Todd Palin?
Is racing in the Tesoro Iron Dog expensive for Todd Palin?
Is racing in the Tesoro Iron Dog dangerous for Todd Palin?
Does Todd Palin pray for safety before each race in the Tesoro Iron Dog?
Does Todd Palin balance his racing career with his family life by involving his family in his racing activities as much as possible?
Did Todd Palin marry Sarah Palin on August 29, 1988?
Did Todd Palin divorce Sarah Palin in 2020?
Does Todd Palin have five children: Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper, and Trig?
Has Todd Palin’s racing career affected his public image and political involvement in various ways?
Has Todd Palin received positive exposure and recognition as a champion snowmobile racer who represents Alaska’s culture and spirit?
Has Todd Palin promoted causes such as tourism, natural resources, vocational education, and disability awareness in Alaska through his racing career?
Has Todd Palin drawn criticism and controversy from some people who question his political affiliation, ethics, or influence on his former wife’s political decisions?
Does Todd Palin intend to continue racing in the Tesoro Iron Dog as long as he is able and willing?