Atz Lee Kilcher was born on 26 August 1977, in Homer, Alaska USA, and is a reality television personality, best known for being one of the stars of the series entitled “Alaska: The Last Frontier”. The show chronicles him and his family’s life, living as homesteaders in Alaska.
The Net Worth of Atz Lee Kilcher
How rich is Atz Lee Kilcher? As of late-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is at $5 million, mostly earned through a successful career on television, although he’s also involved in numerous other endeavors which have helped in building his wealth. As he continues his career, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Before Television
Atz Lee was born into a family of long-standing homesteaders including his parents. His family was musically inclined, so he grew up with a strong interest in music, and took his guitar with him as the family travelled throughout the country. There is no information about his education, but it is known that he wasn’t the shy type, and could perform on stage which would later help meet the needs of the family. However, he never really thought of himself as someone who could fit-in as a homesteader, considering himself something of a black sheep, and as soon as he could leaving the homestead to look for a better life.
His grandfather did the same when he was younger, which was an inspiration for his decision. He travelled around the US, playing music and making friends, but eventually realized that he missed home, and that there was no other place quite like it. He returned home and built his own cabin by hand, since when he’s become a permanent resident of Alaska once more. The unusual life of himself and his family would attract the attention of television producers, and they became the subject of a reality television show.
Alaska: The Last Frontier
“Alaska: The Last Frontier” started in 2011, airing on the Discovery Channel, and follows the life of the extended Kilcher family, who are descendants of Alaskan pioneers who originated from Switzerland. They have a homestead 11 miles outside of Homer, Alaska, and live unusual lives, devoid of modern heating and plumbing, and so using more traditional means in their everyday lives. They farm, hunt and gather to prepare for the region’s long winters.
The show has been running for a total of seven seasons with an eighth season beginning in late-2018. The show has earned several Emmy Award nominations and they also won a Telly Award as well as a Communicator Award. The show often depicts the families various challenges with nature, weather, and animals. The family is also popular because they are relatives of the singer Jewel, who has appeared in numerous episodes of the show. She is a Grammy award-nominated artist best known for singles such as “Who Will Save Your Soul”, “Foolish Games”, “You Were Meant for Me”, and “Til It Feels Like Cheating”.
Wife – Jane Kilcher
While there is little information available about Atz Lee’s wife Jane, but it is known that she was originally from Homer, living near the homestead as a part of the nearest city, close to the Kilcher’s. Prior to meeting her future husband, she worked as a commercial fisher in the area, and after the two met, they got along very well due to their shared interest in music. Eventually he proposed to her, and she decided to leave her job to join her husband at the homestead.
Since their marriage, they’ve had two children together but who are rarely featured in the television show; Jane has made it a point to keep them out of the camera range as much as possible, away from scrutiny of the numerous critics online. She has mentioned that her children are not ready for the show. In 2017, rumors started surfacing that the couple were divorcing, but Jane defended the family, posting a long Facebook message to address the issue, making it clear that there were no issues between them, and that they were certainly not heading for divorce.
Bear Hunting Incident and Social Media
In 2014, Atz Lee and Jane were part of filming for the television show which involved using a helicopter while hunting a bear, however, in Alaska using any form of aircraft to look for prey is illegal. The couple and the production company pleaded not guilty to the charge, and the issue was put on hold as Atz Lee was recovering from a serious hiking accident, but the charges were soon dropped – instead, Wilma TV the production company was fined a total of $17,500.
Similar to numerous television personalities, Atz is highly active online through social media, having accounts on both Twitter and Instagram. He keeps followers updated on the latest news about the family as well as giving updates about recent events concerning Alaska. He posts in a semi-regular basis, meantime continuing to play music alongside Jewel. He also posts a lot of pictures which showcase his family’s life in Alaska, including the environment and their diet. He appears in a lot of photos with his wife, but put a lot of focus on Alaska’s picturesque environment.