Chip Gaines: 13 Shocking Facts About the HGTV Star

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You know him, you love him...

... but do you really know him?

Chip Gaines has been a fixture on HGTV ever since Fixer Upper broke out as a hit, laughing and joking around with wife Joanna.

We adore the couple.

But we'd also like to dig a little deeper and really try to understand what makes Chip tick.

With that in mind, scroll down for a few interesting facts about Chip Gaines with which you may not be familiar:

1. His Background is in Business

His Background is in Business
Gaines graduated with a marketing degree from Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business.

2. A Family Man

A Family Man
Chip and Joanna have four children: Drake, Ella, Duke, and Emmie Kay.

3. Life on a Farm

Life on a Farm
As loyal viewers may know, the couple lives in a 100-year-old farmhouse, which sits on 40 acres of land.

4. He's More Than Just a Real Estate Guy

He's More Than Just a Real Estate Guy
Chip has owned several businesses, includingGreen and Gold Wash and Fold - a local Waco laundry service geared toward college students - a fireworks stand and numerous landscaping companies.

5. When Did He Get Married?

When Did He Get Married?
On March 31, 2003. Shortly afterward, Chip and Joanna renovated their first house together.

6. He Almost Played Baseball for a Living!

He Almost Played Baseball for a Living!
He wanted to at least. Chip played for Northlake College in Irving for a year and then transferred to Baylor University in Waco, but failed to make that school's team. "It was devastating. We were just all heartbroken," said his mother, Gayle Gaines.

7. He Has a Sister!

He Has a Sister!
Her name is Shannon.

8. What is His Net Worth?

What is His Net Worth?
$7.6 million, according to various reports.

9. He's Writing a Book!

He's Writing a Book!
Says Chip on Instagram: "I've done so many dumb things in my day that I had enough material to write a book...so I did! Coming this fall: Capital Gaines - Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff | You know you want to read this, so head to the link in my profile to learn more. More updates to come - including the official book cover. #CapitalGaines."

10. He Was Born in...

He Was Born in...
... Albuquerque, New Mexico, prior to moving to Dallas as a child.

11. This is How He "Met" Joanna

This is How He "Met" Joanna
He frequented a tire/auto repair shop and saw a picture of Joanna with her family, who owned the business, behind the counter. He then supposedly said something along the lines of "She was the one!"

12. They Have Over 60 Animals on Their Farm!

They Have Over 60 Animals on Their Farm!
That's a lot!

13. The Couple Doesn't Own a TV

The Couple Doesn't Own a TV
For real! They go to a friends house once a week for "watch parties" of Fixer Upper. Their kids have seen a few episodes of their show, but "weren’t all that impressed," asource has said. HA!

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