Chip Gaines - Biography

Last Modified: Nov 5, 2022

Chip Gaines
Profession: Reality TV star, TV host
Best Known For: Fixer Upper (TV show), Magnolia (brand)
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: $50 million

Personal Details

Born on : November 14, 1974 (age 48)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Chip Carter Gaines
Birth Place: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Horoscope: Scorpio
Father's Name: Bob Gaines
Mother's Name: Gayle Gaines
Siblings: 1

Shannon Gaines (sister)

High School: Grapevine High School
University: Baylor University
Ethnicity: Multi-ethnic (Irish, English)
Nationality: American


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Married Date: May 31, 2003
Wife's Name: Joanna Gaines
Children: 5

Drake Gaines (son)
Ella Rose Gaines (daughter)
Duke Gaines (son)
Emmie Kay Gaines (daughter)
Crew Gaines (son)

Body Measurements

Height: 1.78 meter (5 feet 10 inch)
Weight: 77 kg (169.76 lb)
Hair Color: Auburn
Eye Color: Blue
Shoe Size: N/A
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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Who is Chip Gaines?

Chip Gaines is a reality TV star, a Realtor by profession, and an American by nationality. He and his wife Joanna Gaines hosted HGTV’s Fixer Upper and are the owners of Magnolia Homes, Magnolia Table, and Magnolia Market.

Chip Gaines – Age, Parents, Siblings

Chip Gaines’ birth took place on November 14, 1974, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. He was born Chip Carter Gaines to his father Bob Gaines and his mother Gayle Gaines. He is not the only child of his parents and has a sibling, a sister named Shannon Gaines.

Chip Gaines in high school (Image: Showbiz Cheat Sheet)

Education, Ethnicity

Growing up in Colleyville, Chip Gaines was educated at Grapevine High School, where he also played baseball. After graduation, he went on to study at Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business in Waco, Texas. He graduated from the same in 1998 with a marketing degree. 

His ethnicity is English, and Irish.

Chip Gaines – Girlfriend, Wife, Children, Divorce

Chip Gaines met his future wife Joanna Gaines when they were in their 20s. Although both had attended the same university, they had never met each other. Instead, he had seen a picture of Joanna in her father’s tire store and had been visiting the store to talk to her.

Soon enough they started dating. He married his longtime girlfriend on 31 May 2003. With his wife, he has five children- sons Drake Gaines (born 2005), Duke Gaines (born 2008), Crew Gaines (born June 2018), and daughters Ella Rose Gaines (born 2006), Emmie Kay Gaines (born 2010).

Currently, they are living without rumors of extra-marital affairs and divorce.

Chip Gaines with wife, children (Image: Good Housekeeping)

Chip Gaines – Controversy

In 2016 Chip Gaines and his family have been criticized for their association with Antioch Community Church. The church’s pastor Jimmy Seibert is known to oppose homosexuality, and gay marriage and promotes conversion therapy.

Related: Jasmine Roth - hosts Hidden Potential on HGTV

Chip Gaines – Career

Early Days

Following graduation from college, Chip Gaines started several small successful businesses including Green and Gold Wash and Fold. He had been flipping investment properties well before he started dating Joanna. 

Later on, with his wife, he worked with clients on buying and remodeling homes. She covered the interior designs and colors while he did construction work. When they were contacted by HGTV, they had worked on over 100 homes.

After Leanne Ford declined to host HGTV show Fixer Upper, the opportunity was passed on to Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines. Season 1 of the show first aired on May 23, 2013. They also went on to star in the spin-off series Fixer Upper: Behind the Design, which premiered on April 10, 2018. 


The couple also has a construction/design company named Magnolia Homes, a restaurant Magnolia Table and a discount store Magnolia Market. Moreover, they have published three books The Magnolia Story (2016), Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave (2018), and Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering (2018). 

HGTV hosts

Other HGTV hosts include Steve Ford, Jasmine Roth, Mina Starsiak, and Linda Phan.

Related: Ben Napier - hosts Home Town on HGTV

Chip and Joanna Gaines co-founded Magnolia (Image: Pinterest)

Chip Gaines – Awards, Nominations

Gaines has been nominated for 2017’s Critics' Choice Awards — Best Reality Show Host.

Chip Gaines – Net Worth, Salary

Chip Gaines has a net worth of $50 million while the figure on his annual salary is under review.

Chip Gaines – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

In social media handles including Instagram, and Twitter, Chip Gaines is active with 4.7 million, 1 million, and counting. He is absent from Facebook but has an official website –

Related: David Bromstad - hosts My Lottery Dream Home on HGTV

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