Who is Ty Pennington?
Born Gary Tygert Burton on the 19th October 1964, Ty Pennington is an American television personality, artist, host, author and philanthropist, who became famous for his TV shows “Trading Spaces” and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”
Ty Pennington’s Childhood and Early LifeBorn in Atlanta, Georgia, Pennington is the son of Yvonne Burton who was a school psychologist, and who divorced from his father at a very young age. He and his brother Wynn lived with their mother for several years, until their mom remarried and they were adopted by their stepfather, so changing their surnames to Pennington.
Pennington attended Sprayberry High School in Marietta, Georgia, and later enrolled at Kennesaw State University, majoring in art and history. Although he always had a passion for designing and construction, it took him awhile before finally transferring to the Art Institute of Atlanta, from where he graduated with a degree in Graphic Design.
Ty Pennington’s Career and Road to Fame
Pennington’s career started even before he finished college, working as a model to finance his studies. He was able to land print ads for brands including Swatch, Sprite, and J. Crew, and also appeared in various TV commercials for Bayer, Levi’s Diet Coke, and Macy’s. His modelling job took him to various countries too, and he lived briefly in countries including Japan, Italy, Thailand, Canada and Germany.
After studying, Pennington started working as a set designer, working on the movie “Leaving Las Vegas,” but his real breakthrough came in 2000, when he became part of the series “Trading Spaces.” The show appeared in The Learning Channel or TLC, in which a group of professional designers and tradespeople team up and make-over homes of various families. The show became a huge hit, and Pennington as one of the carpenters also gained a huge following, partly because of his personality and good looks. The show’s success helped catapult his career to its heights, and add significantly to his net worth.
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In 2003, Pennington left “Trading Spaces” and joined ABC’s new show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”. He was selected as the show’s leader and host, leading a design team to help make-over a home of a deserving family all in under seven days. The show was only originally planned to be a 13-part special, but due to its huge success it lasted for nine seasons, ending in 2011. The show’s success made him a household name, and led to other projects, helping his wealth tremendously.
After the latter success, Pennington appeared in various television shows, including “The Revolution”, “On the Menu”, and “American Diner Revival.” It was also recently reported that he and the former cast of “Trading Spaces” are already on board to create a revival of the show, that will be aired on TLC in 2018.
Ty Pennington Various Business Endeavours
Aside from a successful career in front of the cameras, Pennington is first and foremost a designer. His first company was Furniture Unlimited, full of products he helped create and which is based in Atlanta and Los Angeles. After gaining a following through his television shows, he also partnered with Sears and created his own line of furniture for the company called Ty Pennington Style, designing a variety of items including beddings, furniture, bath accessories, tabletop items and other home decors. His success in decorating also helped immensely in his net worth.
Pennington has also tried his hand at writing, and in 2003 published his first book “Ty’s Tricks: Home Repair Secrets Plus Cheap and Easy Projects to Transform Any Room.” He also had a quarterly magazine called “Ty Pennington at Home” that was first published in May 2007. His second book “Good Design Can Change Your Life: Beautiful Rooms, Inspiring Stories” was published in 2008, and the sales of his magazine and books has also helped in his wealth.
Ty Pennington’s Net Worth
As of early 2018 and based on authoritative sources, Pennington’s net worth is $12 million, acquired from his years working as a television show host, designer and author. His partnership with various brands has also helped in his wealth.
Ty Pennington’s Personal Life
Pennington is not married, but is a relationship with his long-term girlfriend Andrea Bock.
When Pennington was 17, he was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), his experience with which he actively shares in his interviews.