Joanna Gaines is an American businesswoman and reality TV personality, who is widely recognized as the host of HGTV‘s Fixer Upper alongside her husband, Chip Gaines. As the owners of the remodeling and design business ‘Magnolia Homes’, they are flipping, remodeling, and fixing up homes together for more a decade.
She also works as the lead designer for the company. Besides, being the most lovely couple or let’s say husband and wife, they have been earning millions of dollars as their salary. In fact, their net worth has also increased rapidly over the years.
Early Life and Education
The co-founder and co-owner of ‘Magnolia Homes’, Joanna Gaines was born on April 19, 1978, in Kansas, the United States. She is the daughter of Nan Stevens and Jerry Stevens. Her father owned automobile business.
Gaines holds an American nationality and regarding her ethnicity, she has a mixed ethnical background as she was born to a Korean mother and half Lebanese/half German father. As a child, she was raised up in her hometown Kansas along with her younger sister Mary Kay McCall.
Gaines attended Baylor University and earned a bachelor degree in communications. After accomplishing her graduation, she moved to New York as an intern and finished her internship at CBS News.
Joanna Gaines started a boutique store of her own in the year 2003. After that, she built up the passion for interior design which encouraged her to pursue her career in the construction field. She later opened ‘Magnolia Market’ along with her husband Chip and marked the first step of her business career.
The duo later started a new construction business together named ‘Magnolia Homes.’ They earned immense success and fame from the business. As a result of this, the couple runs a reality TV series ‘Fixer Upper.’ The show aired its first season in May 2013.
Gaines has recently launched a new product along with her husband called Heart and Hand with Magnolia Brand. On November 4, 2017, the brand went on sale for the first time. The collection includes over 300 items, including tote bags, throwing pillows, gift wrap, and vases & drinkware matching to family pajamas sets. The items’ average price under $30.
Joanna’s husband Chip revealed that he is running his next big project for a marathon. They have also a new restaurant called ‘Magnolia Table.’
Besides, Joanna is also very active on social media like Twitter and Instagram. She has over 6.4 million followers on her Instagram account and over 783,000 followers on her Twitter account.
Personal Life: Married Life, Boyfriends, Children
Joanna Gaines got married to her long-term boyfriend Chip Gaines in 2003. The amazing on off-screen couple Joanna and Chip have four children. She first met her husband at her dad’s Firestone store, where she used to work as an interior designer.
Joanna and Chip both attended the same university i.e. Baylor University, where Joanna graduated three years later in 2001 with a Communications degree whereas Chip graduated with a degree in Business Administration. At that time, they didn’t know each other.
The couple began dating in 2001 and got engaged after a year. They got married on May 31, 2003, in a beautiful, private ceremony with their family and closest friends.
The perfect pair is blessed with four children, two daughters and two sons Duke, 7; Emmie, 9; Drake, 12, and Ella, 11. The proud parents of four, Joanna and Chip also are expecting their fifth child.
The Fixer Upper stars announced that they are expecting their fifth baby together on Instagram, on January 2. Joanna and Chip strongly feel that their fifth child is going to be a boy.
They have been inseparable and madly in love, though both of them are from different worlds and have entirely different personalities. Apart from her boyfriend-turned-husband Chip, Joanna has never been reported to have indulged in any romantic relationship or affair. She has also been never reported of dating any boyfriend.
Net Worth and Source of Income
The successful American businesswoman and reality television personality Joanna Gaines earned a huge amount of money from her career. As of January 2018, Gaines has an estimated net worth of around $8 million, according to some online sources. Joanna and Chip’s combined net worth is around $16 million.
Joanna has also been running hit program ‘Fixer Upper’ along with her husband Chip for more than one and a half decade. The show earns $30K per episode. It is the major source of their high net worth. Also, they have worked together on more than 100 homes.
The people who want to purchase their home typically have a budget around $200K whereas they are willing to pay $30K for renovations. The couple also started a new product called Hearth and Hand with Magnolia Brand. The brand went on sale in November 2017 and has more than 300 items. Most of the items range under $30.
In April 2016, Chip and Joanna bought a 113 years old home in Waco, Texas for $498K. The 4,831-square-foot home was built in the year 1903. Their net worth has tremendously increased over the years.
Rumors and Controversy
Joanna has been involved in several rumors and controversies in her life. There is a rumor that she is leaving the show to sell a makeup line. It is totally fake as season five of ‘Fixer Upper’ has already been filmed, and will air on HGTV.
There was also alleged rumor that the couple getting divorced. But, according to PEOPLE.com, Chip said he and his wife will ‘never’ break up after the rumor sparked. When a Twitter users commented claiming she was
sick of these ‘stories’ claiming @joannagaines and @chippergaines breaking up,
Chip responded to the tweet replying:
won’t ever happen.
It seems the couple is going so strongly on their way and raising their business multi-nationally.