Tim Smith: From Outlaw to Entrepreneur. His wiki/bio, net worth, wife, kids, more facts.

Tim Smith is not your average moonshiner. He is a third-generation distiller who has been making his own brand of illegal liquor since he was a kid. He is also a volunteer fire chief in Climax, Virginia, where he lives with his wife and son. He is a rebel, a risk-taker, and a legend in the moonshine world. He is the star of the hit TV show Moonshiners, where he showcases his skills and his struggles with the law. But Tim Smith has a dream: to make his moonshine legal and share it with the world. That’s why he created Climax Spirits, a line of products that includes his original recipe, a cinnamon spice flavor, and a bourbon-style whiskey. Tim Smith is not just a moonshiner but also a master craftsman, a visionary, and a pioneer.

Tim Smith Net Worth- How Rich is this Moonsiner?

Tim Smith is a man who knows how to make a good drink. He is also a man who knows how to make a good deal. The star of Discovery’s hit reality show Moonshiners has been making and selling his own liquor for decades, following a family tradition that goes back three generations. However, unlike his ancestors, Tim has managed to turn his illegal moonshine business into a legal empire that earns him a fortune.

Moonshiners Tim Smith

Tim Smith’s net worth is estimated to be around $700,000, but that figure could be much higher considering his multiple sources of income. Besides being a popular television personality, Tim is also:

  • A volunteer fire chief
  • A mechanic
  • The owner of Climax Moonshine, a legal distillery that produces and distributes his signature spirits across several states.

Tim’s journey from outlaw to entrepreneur began in 2013 when he decided to go legit and partner with a Kentucky distillery to make his moonshine legally. He named his brand Climax Moonshine, after the Virginia town where he lives and which is featured on the show. He also paid tribute to his father, who taught him the art of moonshining, by putting his picture on the bottle label.

Tim’s legal business has been growing steadily over the years, and he has expanded his distribution to states like South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Georgia, and more. He has also been featured on several spin-off shows, such as Moonshiners: Whiskey Business and Moonshiners: Master Distiller, where he helps struggling distillers improve their craft and their profits.

How Tim Smith Grew Up in Virginia?

Tim Smith was born on December 23, 1966, in Climax, Virginia, United States. He grew up in his hometown and started school at the age of 5. Tim got help with numbers from his father who would let him count money so that he could count by grade 1. His father is a second-generation moonshiner who learned the craft of brewing from his grandfather and passed the traits to the new generation. As early as six years of age, Tim would join his father in a pickup truck for moonshine distribution. His father also would illustrate old ways of bookkeeping using a small pencil and a diary.

Growing up, Tim learned the family craft of brewing moonshine, which is over 100 years old. He also proved his courage by hiding liquor under his bed during a police raid, earning praise and 10 dollars from his father. Tim did not ignore his formal education and went to a local school in Climax, Virginia.

Tim Smith: Professional Career

Tim Smith served in U.S. Army for six years during which he was also stationed in Gulf. After his time in the Military Tim has taken different jobs. He worked as a maintenance mechanic for a mattress factory for years. He also became a volunteer firefighter in 2004 and rose to the rank of fire chief at Climax Fire Department. His son JT followed his footsteps and joined the same fire department as a volunteer. Tim was proud to present his son with the “1st Place Top Call Runner” award in 2017.

Fire Chief Tim Smith presenting award to his son JT Smith award
Fire Chief Tim Smith presenting an award to his son JT Smith award

Moonshining: Tim helped his father in the Moonshine business, who had good marketing and connection skills. After his father’s death, Tim had to take charge of brewing and distributing illegal shine in the Backwoods of Virginia, with his dog Camo and some hired employees. Some of his employees never had never job before and some had record with the laws. He also gave employment to Tickle.

Years later, Tim decided to go legal and obtained a license to produce and distribute his brand, Climax Moonshine, which he launched in May 2013 in Georgia, South Carolina, D.C., Maryland, West Virginia, and Tennessee and later extended to other states.

Reality Television

As the showrunners were looking to make a documentary on-premise, “People Making Illegal Moonshine in the Mountains,” it came as an opportunity for Tim Smith. Tim was proposed to be part of the reality show “Moonshiners” which he accepted. He joined the cast in 2011 during season 1 episode 1 titled “Moonshine Season Starts.” Tim has appeared in over 124  episodes until now. In addition to Moonshiners, Tim has been part of several of its spin-offs such as Master Distiller, American Spirit, Whiskey Business, and Shiners on Shine. In 2022, Tim made a guest appearance in an episode of Josh Gate Tonight hosted by Josh Gate.

Personal Life- Who are Tim Smith’s Wife and Kids?

Tim is married to longtime partner Shelby Smith. The couple took the wedding vows in 1986 and has been together ever since. In the years of togetherness as a married couple, the pair gave birth to a son JT Smith. The family lives in Climax, Virginia.

Tim Smith and his wife Shelby Smith
Tim Smith and his wife Shelby Smith

Tim’s wife, Shelby is an active church member and also involves herself in community work. Regarding her professional endeavors, she works in the cafeteria at Gretna Elementary School as a school nutritionist.

Tim’s son JT is in his 20s and has volunteered as a firefighter for the Climax Fire Department. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and riding his four-wheeler. JT is currently married to his girlfriend Ashley but the pair is yet to give birth to children.

Wiki/Bio Facts:

Full Name:Tim Smith
Birth Date:December 23, 1966
Birth Place:Climax, Virginia, United States
Marital Status:Married
Wife:Shelby Smith
Children:JT Smith
College degree:N/A
Profession:Reality Television actor, Moonshiner, Businessman, Army Veteran, Firefighter
Net Worth:$700,000 (estimated)
Father’s Name:N/A
Mother’s Name:N/A
Height:5 feet 8 inches (approx)
Eye Color:Light Blue
Hair Color:Black/ Grey/White
Social Media:N/A


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