Name: Austin “Chumlee” Russell
Born: 8 September 1982
Occupation: TV reality star, business owner
Chumlee was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and went to school with Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison. The two childhood friends remained close and Chumlee began working at World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, a pawn store Corey’s father Rick Harrison owned. He started when he was 21 and he worked there for about five years before the History Channel began a reality show about the shop called Pawn Stars. The show debuted in 2009 and was instantly popular, ranking only behind the reality show Jersey Shore.
Chumlee got his nickname from the father of one of his friends when he was about 12 years old. The name came from the cartoon show Tennessee Tuxedo which had a walrus named Chumlee as a sidekick. On the show, he is often portrayed as the dim one, who isn’t as competent as the others, but he does have his strengths in the area of pinball machines and anything to do with old video games.
Due to his popularity on the show, Chumlee started his own business designing T-shirts, selling novelty items, and arranging his own personal appearances. Chumlee reportedly makes $25,000 per episode. With that salary, added to the money he makes from his business, we estimate Chumlee to have a net worth of $675,000 (GBP 410,000).
So how much is
$675 thousand dollars really?
It’s no secret Chumlee likes video games, especially the old ones. With his money though, we think he should try some new ones and see how far they have actually come in the last 10 years.
For $675 thousand dollars, he could buy around 1,775 Nintendo Wii U Deluxe sets. That would be a lot of play time.
But if you think Chumlee has a skate job and you’re a bit jealous of what he’s making, you might need to just put it in perspective. The rare Legend of Zelda cartridge has sold for more money than any other video game at $55,000.
Even with Chumlee’s money he could only buy eleven of them. Heck, just about everybody could own 11 video games, just not Legend of Zelda.
UPDATE as of 5/17/14: At the date this article was originally written, Chumlee only had a net worth of $675,000. We’re excited to announce that it looks like his net worth has since increased to a cool $5 million! We’re not even going to bother speculating about how many Nintendo games he could buy. Hopefully he’s moved on to something far more exciting by now!