Chumlee, also known as Austin Russell, is known for his role in the reality television show, Pawn Stars. Russell has been a part of the show since its premiere in 2009. Between making $25,000 per episode and side business ventures, Chumlee has a current estimated net worth of $5 million.
Chumlee is a friend of the family who started the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in 1989, which earned him a job there at age 21. The majority of his work is handled at the customer service counter, where he tests the items that sellers bring into the shop, loading them, and writing the tickets for items purchased by others. Most of the time, the show portrays him as the person who is the receiving end of many forms of heckling and comedic criticism.
As the show continued to have success, Chumlee took the opportunity to start his own company, which features a plethora of novelty items, which includes T-shirts of his own design, and arranges for his personal appearances. He sold a 50% share of the company to Rick Harrison, another star from the reality show, for $155,000 in 2010. This sale was used for Chumlee to find a better way to get merchandise to his customers. His company makes him the highest profiting character on the show with his personal sales.
In Chumlee’s personal life, he is presently dating Tanya Hyjazi, a chef for a major Las Vegas casino. In 2013, he made headlines after dropping 75lbs in a year with changes to his exercise, eating, and drinking habits. When he is not participating as part of the core team at the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, Chumlee spends his time collecting shoes, playing sports, playing video games, and skateboarding. His favorite music genres are punk rock music and rap music.
In 2016 Chumlee made headlines yet again, but this was in a negative light when his home was searched for evidence in regards to sexual assault. While the police did not find evidence for the assault, they did find drugs and weapons which led to additional charges and arrest. The legal fees will have an extreme effect on the reality stars net worth over the course of what may be years to sort out the charges brought against him.