‘Swamp People’ famed Troy Landry’s hard work pays off as his worth rises
Troy Landry has an estimated net worth of $2 million in 2017. Troy is an American Alligator hunter and television reality star, who is best known as ‘King of the Swamp’ in the History Channel’s reality hunting show Swamp People.
Father of three sons, Troy believes his youngest son Chase will handle the family business after his retirement. Alongside alligator hunting, he has embarked on various ventures. His reality show, alligator hunting, and other businesses have helped him gather huge fortune.
How ‘Swamp People’ came to be
Troy had been earning livelihood since a young age hunting alligators in Louisiana Bayou, was first approached by a media outlet from New York for making a reality series about hunting alligators. He declined the offer as he was confused about having people around while hunting.
Troy later decided to let the cameramen capture him hunting alligators. After sharing the videos with The History Channel, they came back and asked if they could follow him for a whole season. They assured Troy, they would pay for all his expenses and for his help.
Troy wasn’t still accepting the offer as he thought only a handful of fishermen and sailors would watch the show. The offer was accepted after Troy’s wife Bernita acknowledged the proposal as ‘Heaven Sent’.
The first season of Swamp People was shot in 2009 and later released in August 2010. The series was a hit collecting 4.2 million viewers on its first show. The craze was higher than anyone expected it to be. The Swamp People are provided with the salary of $25,000 per episode. The show accumulated a total of 30.6 million viewers in its first season alone and pulled in 5.5 Million viewers in its second season. Thus, it went out to dominate the chart with 6.7 million viewers.
The show has already aired 7 seasons and 131 episodes. The latest franchise was released on February 16, 2017. Season 8 is currently aired every Thursday at sundown on The History Channel.
Troy uses the phrase ‘Chootem’ every time they go on a hunt. The phrase is now used by companies who create and sell ‘chootem’ merchandise. “I do nothing. They just send me money. The History Channel don’t get none of that” says Troy about products being sold under his name.
Troy looks after his family’s gas station Duffy’s where he sells the meat and merchandise to crab and craw fishermen. Alligator meat’s sale has increased in the recent years too.
The Landry’s have now opened a seafood restaurant and guess what, their fried gator is one to try. They provide their customers with various fishes, crabs, and frogs too.
Troy had an estimated net worth of $650,000 in 2016. His recent sales and shows have helped him increase the amount to $2 million. Currently, he is residing in his luxurious house located at Pierre Part, Louisiana.