Austin Lee Russell: Who Is His Girlfriend? Weight Loss, Net Worth, Age, Legal Issues

April 02, 2019
Austin Lee Russell AKA Chumlee

If you love watching the reality shows, then you must be familiar with the History Channel’s show ‘Pawn Stars’ which is one of the highest rated show on the USA after Jersey. The show’s cast members earn an impressive amount of salary through their performance. So, what the net worth of the reality star, Austin Lee Russell?

Austin Lee Russell aka Chumlee is a TV personality, actor and businessman. He has owned a candy store named Chumlee’s Candy on the Blvd. On the show, ‘Pawn Stars’ he portrayed as the comic foil and also, made his appearance including pinball machines, sneakers, and video games.

Here, we are going to talk about Chumlee’s net worth, car, house, age, height and more. Stay tuned.

Austin Lee Russell AKA Chumlee
Austin Lee Russell AKA Chumlee

Quick Facts

Birth Name Austin Lee Russell
Age 36 years
Birth Date September 08, 1982
Nick Name Chumlee
Birth Place Henderson, Nevada, United States
Height 5 feet 9 inches (1.75m)
Salary $25,000
Net Worth $5 million
Ethnicity Scottish descent
Nationality American
Weight 75 Kg
Hair Color Brown
Girlfriend Tanya Hyjazi
social media Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Who is Austin Lee Russell?

Austin Lee Russell was born on September 8, 1982, in Henderson, Nevada, United States. He earned the nickname ‘Chumlee’ after his father’s friend said that he looked like Chumley, the walrus character from the cartoon series called ‘Tennessee Tuxedo.’

As a kid, he became good friends with Corey Harrison, son of Rick Harrison and grandson of Richard Harrison, opened the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in 1989. He holds an American nationality. Many people are confused about his origins, so he stated via Instagram that he is of Scottish descent. He has a sister, Terra Russell and a brother named Sage Russell.

Career: Pawn Stars

Chumlee’s close friend, Corey’s grandfather, started the pawn business and founded a shop named ‘Gold & Silver Pawn Shop’ in the late 80s’ on the outskirts of Las Vegas. The family business run by three generations of the Harrison family–grandfather Richard, son Rick, and grandson Corey. They asses the value of historical items from the commonplace including a Picasso painting, Super Bowl ring, a 16th-Century Samurai sword.

Reportedly, Chumlee dropped out of the school because he had a blooming selling the fake Gucci bags. At the age of 21, Austin began to work at Corey’s shop ‘Gold & Silver Pawn Sho’ where he worked for five years before taping into the television show, ‘Pawan Starts’ which premiered in July 2009.

His duties included behind-the-counter work at the shop, for example, testing things, stacking things, and composing tickets for things obtained by customers.

The series ‘Pawn Stars’ is about the day-to-day activities where the staffs interact with customers who bring a variety of artifacts to sell or pawn. It is one of the highest rated show on the USA and the No. 2 reality show after Jersey. Due to low performance, he was often named as a ‘town idiot.’

Chumlee rose as the breakout character which helped him to earn most fan followings. Therefore, he established his own company which sells novelty items like T-shirts of his own designs and his appearances.

In 2010, Austin sold half of his stake in the company to Rick Harrison for $155,000 so that shop could properly handle his merchandise. Further, Chumlee as himself appeared alongside Rick and Corey Harrison, in an episode of iCarly, “iLost My Head in Vegas,” on the American TV series.

In May 2017, Austin Lee Russell opened his won shop named ‘Chumlee’s Candy’ on the Boulevard in Las Vegas.

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How much is Austin Chumlee Russell net worth?

Austin Lee Russell AKA Chumblee has an estimated net worth if $5 million.

Speaking about his net worth, the reality star earns quite a handsome salary from Pawn Stars. Pawn Stars paid him around $25,000 per episode and make over $50,000 from various sponsorships and endorsement deals.

Car Collections

Russell loves to drive the different types of cars and expensive cars collection on his garage. The reality star owned himself an expensive black Maserati Gran Turismo. He also purchased a black beast Rolls Royce which price ranges up to $420,325.

Chumlee's Rolls Royce
Chumlee’s Rolls Royce

His amazing car collections include Cadillac Escalade, 1964 Impala, a white Range Rover, and Ford Fusion.


Chumlee bought a beautiful house in Vegas, Nevada back in 2012 for $1.1 million. Now, he sold it for $1.375 million. The 6,200 square foot house has a swimming pool, guest house, and his own parking lot.

Chumlee's house
Chumlee’s house

The house has five bedrooms, and 4.75 bathrooms and the master suite opens to a private balcony. It includes a movie theatre, den with a wet bar, a spa and a billboard room. There are a center-island kitchen, a formal dining room and an expansive living room with a massive stone fireplace.

In addition, he is a show lover and has owned over 200 pair of shoes on his closet.

Chumlee's shoe collection
Chumlee’s shoe collection

Weight Loss

The reality star, Chumlee always has a problem with his weight from an early age. He decided to lose his weight and had altered his lifestyle habits. By the September 2013, Austin aka Chumlee lost 75 lb (34 kg) in a year.

During the time, he went at a gym six day a week and ate healthy meals such as juice, vegetables and restricted all the red meat. Before his weight loss, his weight was 250lb (110 kg).

Legal Issues

In 2016, Austin was arrested for sexual assault allegation. At the time, the police raided his house and found marijuana, crystal met firearms and handguns. Most of the guns were found on his bedroom along with a drug called Xanax as well as methamphetamine capsules.

But he was released on bond on the next day and charged with 20 felony counts including drugs and weapons. His lawyer, Desnoff told in the courts on March 11 that he plead guilty to a felony weapon charge, and a misdemeanor attempted drug possession count in a deal that would get him counseling and three years’ probation.

Austin Lee Russell: Single Dating or Married

Without dating affairs and gossips, the Hollywood industry is like sugar without coffee.

Moving towards Austin’s personal life, he is not married yet. At present, the reality star is in a relationship with his girlfriend Tanya Hyjazi who is a chef for a major Las Vegas casino.

Chumlee and Tanya Hyjazi
Chumlee and Tanya Hyjazi

The couple first met in March 2013 and later spotted together at the D Hotel celebrating his girlfriend’s birthday. Chumlee and Tanya came to the public eyes after Hajazi underwent a boob job, but most people have no idea that it was him who for it.

In an interview, Chumlee said that she wanted to pay for it, but as she earned less from her job despite working hard, so he decided to pay.

Russell has not revealed much about his relationship on the camera.

Social Media

Austin is a TV personality and quite active on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. He keeps posting pictures of himself and his friends on his social profile.

Apart from that, he loves sports, playing video games and skateboarding. He is a huge fan of punk rock and rap music. His favorite TV series are Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, and Sons of Anarchy.

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