Crucial Discoveries About Josh Gates’ Rise to Fame, Net Worth and Family

Like many celebrities who wish to keep their love lives away from the prying eyes of the public, American TV presenter, author, and producer Josh Gates has managed to lead a very private life despite his popularity. Josh who is also an explorer and adventurer, is best known for sharing his discoveries with the rest of the world. One of the major documentaries that led to his rise to fame was Destination Truth which premiered in 2007 on the Syfy Channel. A similar series he currently hosts is the Expedition Unknown which premiered on the Travel Channel on January 8, 2015.

Josh has made many more documentaries of all his trips and he has been generous enough to share the experiences with his fans. But while he continues to make a name for himself via his multi-career choices, his fans seem more interested in his personal life, a  part of his life guarded jealously. Nevertheless, we were able to dig up some interesting details for your reading pleasure.

Josh Gates Before His Fame

Josh was born on August 10, 1977, in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts. Although information about his early years and education remains hidden, it has been confirmed that he graduated from Boston’s Tufts University where he studied Archaeology and Drama. He was even among the team from the University of Maryland who traveled to Israel to perform archaeological excavations of Caesarea Maritima in Isreal from 1996 to 1998.

Josh apparently started his adventurous lifestyle a long time ago before he was on TV. Gates’ passion for adventure was sparked by his father’s career as a deep-sea diver. The TV personality recalls how he would travel with his parents to meet his mother’s family in the UK. He also watched as his father globe-trots to different places in the world and his experiences with his father triggered his love for adventure which he now enjoys having made a career out of it.

Josh has not only established himself as a certified scuba diver, and a mountain climber but also one who has toured over a hundred countries and completed trips up to Argentina’s Mt. Aconcagua in the Argentine Andes mountain range and Africa’s Mt Kilimanjaro. Josh is a member of The Explorer’s Club, an international organization that encourages scientific exploration since 1904.

His Television Appearances

As a TV presenter, Josh Gates is known for hosting two shows namely Destination Truth, a Syfy-aired program, and Expedition Unknown where he makes documentary series.

Destination Truth

This stint lasted from 2007 to 2012 when Josh Gates hosted the Syfy Channel show. On Destination Truth, Gates explored the world in search of answers about people’s claims of the supernatural experience they have witnessed. The TV series ran for five seasons with the second installment recording the best stats of 1.7 million viewers which is the highest by a reality show on the network.

Though it’s done and dusted, Destination Truth is still showing on TV. As of May 2017, Travel Channel aired the episodes to viewers who are still very much interested in the adventures of Gates.

Ghost Hunters Stint

Josh Gates has done a lot of work on the popular reality TV series that deals with the paranormal. In addition to serving as the host of eight live specials on the show, as well as one episode on its spin-off Ghost Hunters International, he also worked as a guest investigator on four episodes. He hosted Ghost Hunter Live Halloween special in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. The 2008 episode garnered rave reviews, sending Syfy to the top of cable networks rank list in prime-time at the time.

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He currently produces Ghost Nation – a similar TV series with former members of the Ghost Hunters team – Steve Gonsalves, Jason Hawes and Dave Tango featuring on the show.

Expedition Unknown and Other Television Works

Having been moved from Travel Channel to Discovery Channel, Expedition Unknown now has Josh Gates as the host. The show which premiered in January 2015 investigates legends and mysteries around the world and reached its fifth season by June in 2018. Gates also acts as the executive producer of the series.

He has also appeared in a couple of TV shows like the Facts or Faked: Paranormal Files, Truly Famous, Borrow & Deal, as well as ESPN’s Beg. His book titled ‘Destination Truth: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter’ is also being publicized as among the books that investigate frightening myths and terrifying paranormal phenomena he encounters during his expedition.

How Rich is the Media Personality?

With such a wealth of talent and career experience as an explorer, it is only natural for the American citizen to have garnered so much for himself in terms of annual earnings and net worth.

The Massachusetts native has reportedly amassed as much as $3 million as net worth from his career as a TV presenter and explorer. Josh Gates’ Travel Channel is classified as among the world-leading travel media brands with over 83 million U.S homes viewing it.

Who is Josh Gates Married To?

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The TV personality is married to Hallie Gnatovich, his longtime girlfriend. The two met for the first time during the production of Destination Truth of which Hallie was among the crew. She also starred in eight episodes of the series second season. She worked with Josh as a researcher even though much of her work in the series was behind the camera.

After dating for some years, Josh and Hallie exchanged their marital vows on September 13, 2014, at the Hidden Pond luxury resort located in Kennebunkport, York, Main. The wedding ceremony was a private one with only their close family members and friends in attendance. Josh posted pictures of himself and his wife Hallie on his Twitter page with a caption that read “The greatest adventure of all.”

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The media personality and his wife Hallie are blessed with two children, a son who they named Owen Gates and another one whose birth details are not known. Owen was born on February 12, 2016.

One of the most memorable periods of Gates’ Destination Truth was the episode where Hallie put a call across to him via satellite phone to break the news of her pregnancy and Josh who was at the time very emotional broke the news to the media. This made Owen even a celebrity before his birth.

Chika Udeh
Chika Udeh
Chika holds a B.A in English language/History and has over 5 years experience in content development and journalism. She loves playing with writing, wordsmiths, and storytelling in all its forms, and when she is not writing about famous people and events that matter, she is probably listening or dancing to some cool jams.


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