• The Kilcher family rose in popularity through the Discovery Channel reality television show “Alaska: The Last Frontier”
• They are the descendants of Alaskan pioneers and Swiss immigrants
• As of mid-2018, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $19 million collectively
• They live without modern heating or plumbing or almost any other modern appliances
• They are led by Yule and Ruth Kilcher, and their most popular member is singer and songwriter Jewel Kilcher

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Who are the Kilcher Family?

The Kilcher Family rose in popularity through the Discovery Channel reality television show “Alaska: The Last Frontier” which showcases the family’s unusual life in the most northerly US state. They are the descendants of Alaskan pioneers, and Swiss immigrants.

The Net Worth of the Kilcher Family

How rich is the Kilcher Family? As of mid-2018, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $19 million collectively, mostly earned through their success on the television show. They also earn money from their variety of endeavors outside the show in the ‘normal’ lives in Alaska. As they continue their dual career, it is expected that their wealth will also continue to increase.

Alaska: The Last Frontier

The Kilcher family are shown through “Alaska: The Last Frontier”, residing in a homestead 11 miles outside the city of Homer. They depict quite an unusual lifestyle as they live without modern heating or plumbing or almost any other modern appliances. The family normally focuses on surviving through farming, hunting and preparing food for Alaska’s long winters. The show has been airing for seven seasons, and although certainly popular, it has attracted both praise and controversy.

They’ve had their share of controversies as a part of the show, including being fined for illegal hunting as the camera crew filmed the location of a black bear from a helicopter. They’ve also attracted the ire of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), as they hunt and kill animals, although only for food, or in protecting themselves. Alaskans also don’t like how shows such as “Alaska: The Last Frontier” depict their state as a cheap, easy to get into and primitive state, saying that reality television has shaped the wrong idea about Alaska. A lot of the show’s drama is heavily edited, and sometimes plots are manufactured to keep the show interesting, a common problem with numerous reality shows.

Kilcher Family Tree

The Kilcher’s in Alaska began with Yule and Ruth Kilcher, with the two originally from Switzerland but having migrated to pursue greener pastures during World War II. They moved to mainland US, and went to Alaska as they able to get 600 acres of land. The couple have two sons and six daughters together, raising their children mainly home-schooled until they were able to attend public schools partly thanks to correspondence courses.

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The eldest son Atz Kilcher and his wife Bonnie Dupree are also heavily featured in the show;  Atz was also previously married, but not much information is known about that marriage. They have two children together, and he also has three children from his previous marriage along with a child with another woman. One of his daughters is now the popular singer Jewel Kilcher. Another star of their show is Atz’ son named Atz Lee Kilcher, with several episodes focused on him; he is married to Jane, and the two specialize on fishing. They have two children whose lives are mainly kept away from the cameras.

Other Cast Members

Shane Kilcher is another star in “Alaska: The Last Frontier”, and appears in the show alongside his wife Kelli, who also grew up in Alaska, the duo meeting while they were in high school. Shane is known to work with people with disabilities, while his wife works at the South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. They have four children together.

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The most popular family member among the Kilchers, however, is singer and songwriter Jewel Kilcher. Jewel was taught to sing by her father, and practiced a lot during her youth. At the age of 15, she applied for a scholarship to an art school in Michigan and pursued her studies there. She started writing songs and performing locally, increasing her popularity. She is now one of the most recognized artists around the world, releasing numerous chart-topping albums and singles. She has sold 30 million albums worldwide, with some of her most popular songs being “Who Will Save Your Sole”, “You Were Meant For Me”, and “Foolish Games”.

Extended Family

Another frequent character on the show is Nikos Kilcher, who is one of the more active cast members when it comes to social media. One of the sons of Yule Kilcher named Otto also appears in the show, and his oldest son Eivin is also featured in the show, with his wife. His brother Levin and his half-brother August also appear, as does Torrey Kilcher, a son from their mother’s previous marriage though not many details are known about him. They all have work related to life in Alaska.


1First cousin once removed of Jewel Kilcher.
2Son of Saskia Genet-Oulicky.
3Younger brother of actress Q'orianka Kilcher and Kainoa Kilcher.




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