Austin Lee Russell aka Chumlee is an American actor, businessman and a reality TV personality. The Pawn Stars star has a net worth of $5 million. Chumlee earns $25,000 per episode of Pawn Stars.
Chumlee Net Worth: Brief History
Chumlee was born on September 5, 1982. His popular nickname “Chumlee” was given to him by his friend’s dad when he was about 12. The man likened him to walrus Chumley, a character from animated TV series Tennessee Tuxedo due to his large face and chin. Chumlee have been friends with his boss Rick Harrison‘s son Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison since childhood.
Rick Harrison is the founder Gold & Silver Pawn Shop which gained worldwide popularity thanks to its media appearances. As a kid, Chumlee alongside his friend Big Hoss would often spend time at pawn shop and at adulthood, they both began working in there.
Chumlee Net Worth: Fame With Gold & Silver Pawn Shop
Chumlee’s work at Gold & Silver started around the period when the pawn shop made its debut media appearance on Comedy Central’s “Insomniac with Dave Attell” in 2003. In 2009, the shop premiered its own reality TV show called Pawn Stars on The History Chanel. By 2011, Pawn Stars became the highest rated show on The History Chanel. The popularity of the series brought fame to the stars and the most famous of them all is Chumlee thanks to his comic abilities. Chumlee is considered as the show’s breakout character and is also the fans favorite.
Apart from his behind-the-counter duties which includes testing and loading items and writing tickets for purchased items, Chumlee has an exclusive area of expertise in vintage pinball machines. In addition to the $25,000 he receives for each episode of Pawn Shop, Chumlee has used his popularity on the show as a business advantage. He started his own company which deals in novelty items including his personally designed T-shirts. His boss Rick Harrison bought half the company in 2010 for $155,000.
Chumlee Net Worth: Troubles With The Law
During his arrest on March 2016 following an alleged sexual assault, Chumlee was found in possession of several guns an drugs. A day later, he was released on a $62,000 bail. Chumlee plead guilty to guns and drugs possession and successfully escaped jail time but was put on a 3 year probation and counselling. The sexual assault charges were also dropped.
To the delight of fans, Chumlee’s misdemeanor didn’t affect his appearance on Pawn Stars. Reports have it the fans favorite would return to the show’s next season.
Chumlee is an avid shoe collector with over 200 pairs. His owns a Rolls-Royce Phantom, a Cadillac Escalade, a Maserati GranTurismo, a 1986 Buick Regal, a Range Rover, and a 1964 Impala SS.