Who is Chip Hailstone?
Born Edward V Hailstone on an unknown day and month of 1969, in Kalispell, Montana USA, ‘Chip’ Hailstone is a 49-year-old Caucasian trapper, hunter, harvester crafter, TV personality and survival expert, perhaps best known for his appearance in the reality TV show by National Geographic network, entitled “Life Below Zero”. Since his wife is engaged in the same profession, they have mutually contributed to each other’s fame through their careers.
Early Life and Education
Chip was born to parents Daniel Franklin Hailstone and Mary Lois Hailstone, and that’s as far as the information regarding his childhood goes there is no information regarding education, however, it is public knowledge that while he was being raised in his birthplace, he gained significant skills in hunting and fishing. It is likely that his early mastery of survival sparked an interest in turning that hobby into a full-time career.
According to various sources, Chip left his hometown in 1988, at which point he was 19 years of age, initially planning to visit Alaska, but apparently changed his mind and decided to settle in the small town of Noorvik, with barely 700 registered inhabitants, apparently brought about by the fact that the entire region was a perfect place for the passions he was pursuing. The cold climate and the environment of the area are conditions in which he could feel like a true hunter and survivalist. Having lived in the said town for a couple of years, he eventually met Agnes, an Alaskan native with roots in Inupiat, and the two decided to start a family. As they got used to living off the land and surviving without various modern-day comforts, they attracted the attention of National Geographic’s agents, and later signed a contract that put them in at the kick-off of the “Life Below Zero” show on the 19th of May 2013. Chip and his family spent 8 seasons on the show when he dropped-out, but his family still did.
Chip’s seemingly unstoppable career came to a rapid halt in 2012, when he was charged and convicted on two counts of making false statements to the authorities and two counts of perjury in the Second Judicial Court in Kotzebue, due to Chip’s allegation that a state trooper made uncouth advancements towards his daughter, who, according to his words, was physically assaulted by the officer at the age of 17. Additionally, there was another incident involving a similar allegation, where in an incident related to a different Noorvik family, he alleged that an individual pointed a firearm at his daughter. His allegations resulted in legal processes being started against him, and after he asked for the officer to receive a restraining order against his daughter, he went on to file an appeal against his perjury convictions. As a summary of the legal processes that Chip had to go through so far, in July 2017 he was convicted and sentenced to 15 months in the Anchorage Correctional Complex. Until his time is served, the Hailstones continue their survival without the head of the family.
Marriage and Family
While the accurate date of the Hailstones’ wedding is unknown, it is logical to estimate that, according to the ages of their children, the two joined in matrimony somewhere in the mid-1990s. Agnes herself was previously married to Douglas J. Carter, with whom she had a son. With Chip, however, Agnes has had five children: Tinmiaq, Iriqtaq, Mary, Caroline and Qutan, all of whom seem to be engaged in the filming of “Life Below Zero”, which is likely another reason for the overall popularity behind the Hailstone name.
Due to various laws in the area regarding hunting licenses, Chip is not allowed to hunt marine mammals, since they are prey that reserved for the indigenous population. Even though Chip is married to Agnes, who is in fact a native, that still doesn’t transfer the rights of natives to him. As a consequence, only Agnes and their children are allowed to hunt all of the animals in the wilderness, so any hunting by Chip of a marine mammal, would result in legal proceedings.
What is Chip Hailstone’s Net Worth?
Have you ever wondered how rich Chip Hailstone is, as of early 2018? According to various authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the current total of Chip’s accumulated wealth is around $200,000, which can be considered the Hailstones’ family-wide net worth, as all of the members have contributed to its increase. However, Agnes and Chip remain the leading names of the Hailstone stardom, while their net worth is expected to continue rising, especially after Chip is out of prison and back in the show.
Concerning the physical specifications of Chip Hailstone, there are no authoritative sources that can suggest any of the digits in question. Until Chip decides to share this information with the public, the audience will remain in the dark. However, it is known that his wife’s height stands at 5 feet and 3 inches (1.61m), while her body weight is still not public knowledge.
Social Media Presence
As is common practice nowadays, the Hailstones maintain a healthy relationship with the audience, to potentially contribute to the popularity of the show and thus their net worth. As a result, even though Chip Hailstone himself doesn’t have a personal Facebook profile, the page of his TV show is up and running, with almost 250,000 followers at the moment. His personal Twitter account, unlike that of his TV show, seems to be rather inactive, with only 68 followers at the moment. He doesn’t seem to have an Instagram account right now, or at least it’s not accessible by the general public. However, there’s always the Instagram page of his show, which enjoys a steady 8,000 followers at the moment.