Wayde King is an American entrepreneur and a Television personality. He is co-owner of Acrylic Tank Manufacturing(ATM) in Las Vegas, Nevada. He started the business venture (ATM) with his brother in law Brett Raymer in 1997 and since the family-run operation has bloomed gaining the reputation as one of the biggest aquarium manufacturing company in United States. Wayde, on the other hand, is famous for Animal Planet show “Tanked” (2011). He is also credited for appearances in TV shows such as America’s Cutest (2009) and Monster Garage (2002).
Wayde R. King
Date of birth
September 19, 1969
Place of birth
Long Island, New York, USA
6 feet or 182 cm (approx.)
220 lbs or 100 kg (approx.)
Studied to be a machinist
Businessman, reality TV star
$5 million (approx.)
Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM)
Role in ATM
CEO and co-owner
Role in Tanked
Main cast member and narrator
Years active in Tanked
2011-2018 (15 seasons)
Heather King (m. 1997, div. 2019)
Two daughters: Taylor and Morgan King
Business partner and brother-in-law
Passion for fish tanks
Started from his childhood when he helped his stepfather clean aquariums at his shop in Long Island
Social media accounts
Facebook: Wayde R King, Instagram: waydeskingdom
Early Life and Education
Wayde was born on September 19, 1969, in Long Island, New York. He was raised alongside his five sisters. His parents worked as fish dealers which helped him develop an early interest in the fishes. He would spend time watching different beautiful fishes in tanks lying around the basement of his home. Also, he would provide helping hand to his parents in work.
By the age of 14, his biological father and mother had divorced, and he was living with stepfather, Shelly. Shelly had a commercial service company in New York which provided cleaning Aquariums alongside other services. The father-son duo would travel from the city to the island to different restaurants and hotels cleaning aquariums.
Growing up, he was determined to shape up his career. Instead of looking for a more conventional way of learning he chose to join the school which implemented real life skills. He attended machinist school- American Institute for Tooling to become a Diamond cutter. There he learned to use machines and different hand co-ordination techniques. His education timeline includes Attending Commack North School of Hard Rocks before joining America Institute of Diamond cutting.
Alongside professional success, Wayde King seemed to be one blessed individual in his personal life. However, Wayde’s personal life has not been as smooth as his professional one. He has faced several challenges and difficulties in his relationships, especially with his wife of 21 years, Heather King.
Marriage and Divorce with Heather Raymer
Wayde was working for the company that built Aquarium and sold to customers in Las Vegas. In the process, he met his future mother/father-in-law as they were looking to build an aquarium for their retirement home. Also, he got chance to meet and know their daughter Heather Raymer.
The young couple fell for each other and afterwards remained together in a relationship as lovers. Wayde and Heather married in a wedding ceremony on October 25th, 1997. They went to Hawaii for their first Honeymoon. Later they chose Mexico which is also Wayde’s favorite scuba diving place.
Alongside family, together they have been successfully running Acrylic Tank Manufacturing, their family operated business. The company was set up by Wayde King and Brett Raymer in 1997 which Bret’s father helped them with funding. Heather looked after accounting books of the company, and her father as operation manager.
However, things took a turn for the worse in 2019, when Heather was arrested for domestic violence after allegedly assaulting Wayde at their home. Shortly after, Heather filed for divorce and requested primary custody of their children. The divorce was reportedly finalized in 2020, and Wayde and Heather agreed to share joint legal custody of their children.
It is unclear what is the current relationship status of Wayde King, as he has not confirmed or denied the rumors of his divorce. He may be trying to keep his personal life private, or he may be working on reconciling with his wife. Either way, we hope that he and his family are happy and healthy.
Wayde King Career and Net Worth. His Journey to become a Millionaire
Some people get the opportunity to flourish, and some are deprived whether or not hard works beats all. Wayde was born in a poor family and learned hardship growing up. Through constant zeal and dedication over the years, he has turned his fortune.
At the age of 14, he was cleaning Acquirium tanks for different restaurants and hotels in New York. Meanwhile, he devoted learning Machinery, and it’s implementation on cutting hard rocks like Diamond.
At 24 he moved to Los Angles where he worked for the company that dealt with Acquirium tank manufacturing and selling them. In 1997 when he was already part of Raymer family, Wayde and Bret Raymer established Acrylic tank manufacturing in 1,000 sq. ft office. In five years they had developed the company into one of the biggest manufacturers in U.S.A.
However grass did not always remain greener for them, they had to face a significant drop in the aquarium demands and to solve with financial crisis they lessened the number of hired employ. During the time they put intact, once it began to flourish again, they added more employees to the company.
The family-owned business (ATM) now operates in 37,000 sq. ft. facility with around 50 employees. They make tanks of different sizes which contain some of the amazing, world’s most exotic and endangered variety of fishes. The company brings in $8 million to $10 million from annual sales.
Wayde’s life and work were also documented in Tanked, a show that premiered on Animal Planet in 2011. The show gave viewers an inside look at how Wayde and his team handled the challenges and demands of building custom aquariums. The show also showcased the personal and professional relationships between Wayde and his family members, who were all involved in the business. Tanked ran for 15 seasons and 153 episodes until it was canceled in 2018.
Wayde lives a lavish lifestyle owing to his millions of net worth. His net worth value is estimated at $5M. His house in Las Vegas accounts for around $600,000. Wayde is a car fanatic and over the years he has gone through few cars. His all-black Chrysler 300 was featured in “Tanked” which he later put on sale at the Prestige dealership. He then opted for a brand-new, Chrysler 300 STR-8.