Don’t be fooled by the proud rednecks on Moonshiners! The bootleggers are making way more money than you think. The cast of the Discovery Channel reality show live in the backwoods stretching from North Carolina to Virginia to Tennessee — and most of them are raking in the money thanks to their “illegally produced” shine.
Fans are wondering about the cast’s net worth — and with a little bit of research, it’s easy to see that making moonshine just might be worth the risk. For a lot of the guys on the show, making the alcohol is more than just a business, it’s a tradition passed on by generations of their family members. Tim Smith, who went legal with his signature Climax Whiskey, hopes to still pass along the moonshine skill to his son.
“Everybody knows somebody who makes it, or drinks it or knows how to get it, he said of the trade in 2015. “[The show] just brought it to national attention, so it’s growing every day.” Their income plus the $30,000 they are reportedly paid per episode is guaranteed to ensure that they won’t be going out of business anytime soon. So how much are the guys (and gals) on Moonshiners really worth? Keep reading below to find out!
Josh, better known as Cutie Pie’s dad on the reality show, may lose his trailer to a fire this season, but we have a feeling he will be alright. The moonshiner is worth an estimated $400,00 and is reported to make six figures a year on his alcohol.
The now professional bootlegger is worth $150,000 according to Celebrity Net Worth — and we expect that figure to grow as his whiskey gains popularity.
Steven Ray Tickle
While we don’t have an estimated net worth of Tickle, it has been reported that he received a $1 million package from Discovery Channel for appearing on the show during Season 3. However, he has run into some legal trouble since then…
Jeff and Lance
The father-son duo might be in the negative when it comes to their moonshine business. They struggled to sell their absinthe last season, and during Season 7 fans will see them go back to their signature corn recipe — if not, they will “go broke.” We’ll have to tune in and see.
Be sure to watch Moonshiners Monday nights at 9 p.m. EST on Discovery Channel.