Dave Hester is an American reality TV star who has become well known among Americans for his appearances on Storage Wars, a very popular TV series. If you have heard of Storage Wars, then you must have heard of Dave Hester. Through the years, he has come to be known as one of the most divisive and controversial members of the series and this notoriety has earned him a very large following. In fact, fans of the show now call him ‘The Mogul’, a nickname they gave him because of his affluent and ambitious approach to life.
Apart from being a reality TV star, Dave Hester is also a businessman and professional auctioneer who engages in storage unit buying which is what he actually does on the Storage Wars reality TV show. Having been on the show since it was launched in 2010, he has become one of the most popular faces on the series.
Who is Dave Hester?
Dave Hester was born on the 3rd day of July 1964 at the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base which is located near Oceanside, a city in California. Even though he is apparently an American man, Dave also has German, Irish and Mexican roots. This is because while his parents’ names have not been provided, reports show that his father is both a German and Irish man. His mother, on the other hand, is reported to have been born in Mexico. Dave has a younger brother but they are not close at all. In fact, reports have it that they have been at loggerheads for a while.
Dave Hester’s father was reportedly a military personnel who raised his children with an iron fist. Also, he was not just involved with the military, he was also a trained collector of storage items and was always making appearances at auctions to purchase all the collectibles he could lay hands on. And so, growing up, Dave Hester was exposed to the auctions business from a very early age and was very interested in garage sales.
When he was just 5 years old, Dave started to go with his father to auctions where he started to pick up one or two tricks. He would go out with his dad to Swap meets and remain there till his father is done before leaving. He soon became overly fascinated with the business and decided from early on that he was going to go into the auctions business. However, unlike his father who was more interested in buying and hoarding items, Dave wanted to become more directly involved in the business by owning his own auction store.
His Passion for auction goods started early
By the time he turned 14 years old, Dave had already started to buy items by himself from auctions that he attended. He then sold off those items to shops and shop-owners in Orange County, California. Right from the ’90s, Dave was well known as a young man very interested in auctions. He started out as a bid-catcher and became popular at auctions because of the catchphrase ‘Yuuup!, which he uses to gain attention. He finally got his license as a full-time auctioneer in 1992.
As a professional, Dave started out as a furniture buyer at auctions but this changed when he was arrested for drunk driving and was consequently ordered to do community service at a Goodwill store. While doing the community service, he realized that there was a lot of potential in the storage business so he decided to diversify and delve into the storage business.
Soon, he was able to open up two stores in the city of California. The first store he opened was called the Rags to Riches thrift store while the other one was called Newport Consignment Gallery. The stores were doing very well and he had to employ as many as ten persons to work for him by taking care of the collectibles he buys from storage auctions and then selling them off later. In fact, one of the items he managed to acquire at the storage auctions was the “Golden Pool” a painting by Jack Wilkinson which was a notable piece of art. He bought the art piece for just $750 and succeeded in selling it off at an amazing $155,000, raking in a huge profit.
Dave Hester was catapulted into fame in 2010 when he accepted the offer to join the cast of Storage Wars, a reality TV show which has been created to follow the lives of professional storage unit buyers as they visit storage facilities to do their business and bid on the lockers. When Dave joined Storage Wars, he became very popular because of his very ambitious actions and controversial nature.
In 2011, he closed down both the Rags to Riches thrift store and the Newport Consignment Gallery but then opened a new auction house which he calls Dave Hester Auctions.
What is Dave Hester’s Net Worth?
Having been a very proactive businessman from an early age, Dave Hester is expected to have raked in quite a substantial net worth over the years. The businessman has operated as a professional auctioneer for years and has his own auction house. In addition to this, his role on the Storage Wars TV series fetches him some money as well. At the moment, Dave Hester’s net worth has been pegged at $4 million by celebrity wealth calculators.
He Was Once Sent Off Storage Wars
Dave Hester was sent off from the Storage Wars in 2012. The reason for his firing was not given but fans suspected it has to do with the way he fought with other people on the show. However, Dave sued the producers of the series for ‘wrongful termination’ of his role on the show. Despite his lawsuit, he ended up not featuring on the show during its 4th season because part of the lawsuit was thrown out. However, he returned to the show for the 5th season.
He Has a Son
Dave Hester has a son called Dave Jr. who is actively involved in his father’s storage auctions business. In fact, the young man is in charge of helping his father manage the online side of the business. He has also appeared on the Storage Wars series with his father.
Interestingly Dave Hester has not spoken about his wife and this has left fans confused about whether or not he is married. Some reports say he is married but is keeping the woman’s identity secret however this has not been confirmed.
What is He Doing Now?
An avid lover of auctions, Dave continues to operate the Dave Hester Auctions. He is also still very involved with the Storage Wars series. In fact, many fans of the show consider him their favorite cast member.