• Shay Carl is an American internet personality, author, and YouTube star
• He is the co-founder of the Maker Studios and founder of the Trixin Clothing line
• Carl launched the YouTube channel shaycarl in 2006 and SHAYTARDS in 2008
• He is married to Colette Crofts and they have five children
• His net worth is estimated at $25 million

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Short Info

Date Of BirthMarch 5, 1980, March 5, 1980
SpouseColette Butler, Colette Butler
MarkBeard & mustache
FactHe has one pet dog named Ezekiel (Zeke or ZekeTard). Zeke is a fawn-colored Great Dane.

Who is Shay Carl?

Shay Carl is an American internet personality, who is known for being not only a vlogger and an author, but a YouTube star as well – he is best known for his channels shaycarl and SHAYTARDS which have amassed a total of over 1.6 million and 5 million subscribers respectively. Apart from these achievements, Shay Carl also came into prominence in February 2017, when his online love affair with a camgirl named Aria Nina was publically disclosed on Twitter. Shay Carl is also one of the co-founders of the Maker Studios, Inc. as well as the founder of the Trixin Clothing line of apparel and accessories.

Shay Carl’s Early Life, Family’s Background and Education

Shay Carl Butler was born under the zodiac sign of Pisces, on the 5th March 1980, in Logan, Utah USA, the eldest of four children in the family of Laurie and Carl Butler. He is of American nationality and white ethnicity. Shay’s siblings, brothers Casey and Logan as well as sister Carlie, are all successful YouTube personalities on their own (caseylavere, LoganMckay55 and CarlieStylez). At Shay’s age of just four, his family moved to Phoenix, Arizona, before eventually settling in Pocatello, Idaho, where he completed his secondary education.

Upon matriculating from a local high school, Shay went on a Mormon mission as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and spent the next two years in Barbados, Trinidad, and in Guyana. Upon his return to the States, Carl enrolled at Idaho State University, but soon dropped out to start his own business. Before launching his YouTube career in the mid-2000s, Shay Carl tried his luck in several different professions, such as granite countertops installer, school bus driver, and even as a DJ for Idaho-based radio station KFTZ.

Shay Carl on YouTube

Carl launched his official YouTube channel named shaycarl in December 2006, when he began posting funny video clips mostly of himself and his family members. Soon after, he caught the eye of Philip DeFranco, a notable YouTube star with currently more than 6.3 million subscribers, who gave him a shout-out, which resulted in a huge inflow of subscribers to Carl’s channel. With his new-found fame in the online world, Shay began expanding his business, and in October 2008 he launched a YouTube channel named SHAYTARDS, on which he began uploading various videos and skits featuring his family members – his wife and their five children. In 2009, the latter channel was honored with the annual Open Web Award for the Best YouTube Channel or Personality accolade, while in 2013 it was nominated for the Streamy Awards’ Best Non-Fiction or Reality Series reward. In 2014, Shay Carl and his eponymous YouTube channel were ranked at No. 31 of the New Media Rockstars’ Top 100 Channels list, which helped him to gain even more followers and subscribers.

Among a vast number of his uploads and vlogs, there are also several varied brand deals videos – a sponsored videos in which he promotes global brands and companies such as FootLocker, Skype, Kia Motors and General Electric Company to name a few. It is certain that all these engagements have helped Shay Carl to dramatically increase the total of his net worth.

Shay Carl’s Personal Life

Shay Carl is a family man, and has been married to Colette Crofts (her online name is Katilette) since January 2003, with whom he welcomed five children – Gavin born in 2003, Avia Colette in 2005, Emmi Laurie in 2007, Brock Vincent in 2010, and Daxton Charles Butler born in 2013.

Shay Carl’s Cheating Drama

Apart from his accomplishments in the online world and his huge popularity on YouTube, Shay Carl caught mass media’s attention and came into even greater prominence in February 2017 when his extramarital affair was publically revealed. Apparently, Carl had been involved in a three-month-long online love relationship with a cam girl named Aria Nina, during which they exchanged messages abundant with rather explicit content. It all came to the surface when Nina published the details of their communication on Twitter. During her guest-appearance in the YouTube show “DramaAlert” Nina revealed that they have never met in person, but said also that Carl wasn’t one of her regular, paying customers!

In the course of the next couple of days, Carl posted on his Twitter account that his “heart is sick”, and also confessed his issues with alcoholism, simultaneously announcing that he was temporarily disappearing from the online world.

After a year-long break, Shay Carl and the Shaytards came back to posting their videos on YouTube on a regular basis.

Shay Carl and the Maker Studios

With his on-line popularity on the rise, Shay Carl decided to turn it into a full time job, and in 2009, alongside his friends and YouTubers Philip DeFranco, Lisa Donovan, Kassem G and Danny Zappin he co-founded a multi-channel network named the Maker Studios, which rapidly gained viewers from all around the world, counting up to 700 million views a month. In December 2015, the Maker Studio became The Walt Disney Company’s subsidiary, while in May 2017 it was sold to Disney for a sum of $500 million, and later rebranded as the Disney Digital Network.

Shay Carl’s Net Worth

Have you ever wondered how much wealth this popular 38-year-old American YouTube star has accumulated so far? How rich Shay Carl is? According to authoritative sources, it is estimated that the total net worth of Shay Carl’s and his YouTube business enterprise, as of November 2018, revolves around the quite impressive sum of $25 million, acquired largely through Shay Carl’s efforts in the digital world active since 2006, and includes a 1000-acre property in Pocatello, Idaho, as well as the Pebble Creek Ski Area located in Inkom, Idaho.

Additionally, in 2015 alongside his son Gavin, Shay Carl released his self-help book, entitled “Fat Dad, Fat Kid: One Father and Son’s Journey to Take Power Away from the “F-Word”” which has certainly helped him to increase the total of his revenues.

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Shay Carl’s Appearance and Social Media Presence

Shay’s trademarks are certainly his impressive beard and moustache, as well as his touching, wide smile. With a height of 5ft 9ins (1.75 m) he is not considered as a big guy, although he certainly was one in the past – at one point in his life, the popular YouTuber weighed 300 lbs (136 kg). In the course of a year, he managed an impressive weight loss and shred off 112 lbs (50 kg), and subsequently completed several marathons.

Besides YouTube, Shay Carl is also regularly active on several popular social media networks, such as Twitter, where his official account @shaycarl has amassed a total of over 750,000 followers, as well as Instagram where his profile @shaycarl has currently been followed by more than 1 million people.

General Info

Full NameShay Carl
Date Of BirthMarch 5, 1980, March 5, 1980
Height1.75 m, 1.75 m
ProfessionEntrepreneur, Actor, Vlogger, Entrepreneur, Actor, Vlogger
EducationIdaho State University, Idaho State University
NationalityAmerican, American


SpouseColette Butler, Colette Butler
ChildrenGavin Butler, Daxton Charles Butler, Avia Colette Butler, Emmi Laurie Butler, Brock Vincent Butler, Gavin Butler, Daxton Charles Butler, Avia Colette Butler, Emmi Laurie Butler, Brock Vincent Butler
ParentsLaurie Butler, Carl Butler, Laurie Butler, Carl Butler
SiblingsCasey Butler, Carlie Butler, Logan Butler, Casey Butler, Carlie Butler, Logan Butler


NominationsShorty Award for Social Media, Shorty Award for Parent, Shorty Award for Social Media, Shorty Award for Parent

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#Marks / Signs
1Big smile
2Beard & mustache


1Happiness is a choice.
2PDeffin'P! Pretty Darn effin' Precious! [About his newborn son, Rocktard]
3Hey, I'm vloggin' here!


1Los Angeles, CA, USA: Living and vlogging. [February 2013]
2Has 5 children: Gavin (b. December 3, 2003) Avia (b. May 4, 2005) Emmi (b. August 19, 2007) Brock Vincent (b. June 10, 2010) and Daxton (b. October 25, 2013).
3He has lost 100 pounds and run three marathons (each 26.2 miles) and one half marathon (13.1 miles).
4He has one pet dog named Ezekiel (Zeke or ZekeTard). Zeke is a fawn-colored Great Dane.
5Has two brothers, Casey and Logan, and a sister, Carlie.
6Worked various jobs including owning his own granite company and a radio DJ before finding youtube and being discovered by Phillip DeFranco. Youtube is now his full time job.
7He has several YouTube accounts, all of which are his job. His main channels are "ShayCarl" and "ShayTards" (family daily vlogs). His sub-channels are "Shayloss" (weightloss channel), "iPhonetard" (his cell phone videos). He is one of the founders of "TheStation" (a collaborative YouTube channel with other YouTubers).
8First saw his now wife performing in a production of "Any Thing Goes." He turned to the friend he was with and said, "one day, I'm going to marry that girl."
9He has five children who are featured in his vlogs. They go by Sontard, Princesstard, Babytard, Rocktard and Brotard. He gave them nicknames because when he first started the vlogs, he felt uncomfortable seeing his kids' real names attached to negative comments.



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