Who is Marty Lagina?
Marty Lagina is an American reality television star, best known for a reality TV series “The Curse of the Oak Island” on History Channel. Read on to learn more about his life, career, and net worth.
Early years and Personal Life
He was born on August 26, 1955, in Kingsford, Michigan, USA. However, not much else is known about his youth and childhood.
His mother Ann C. Lagina was as an engineer at Lake Shore Engineering. Both her and his father, George Lagina, both passed away. Marty has a brother, Rick Lagina, who is also famous because of their reality show. They also have two sisters, Terese Fornetti and Marianne Gardener.
Marty graduated from Michigan Tech University in 1977, where he was one of the top students in the field of mechanical engineering. After this, he decided he wanted to study further, the law in particular. In 1982, he received his doctorate, at the same university.
Marty is also interested in wines, especially Italian, mostly because of his Italian roots. This is why he purchased Villa Marie Winery, in Traverse City. This is where he currently lives. He is married to M. Olivia Lagina, another engineer from Michigan. They have many things in common and get along great. They have two children, Alex and Maddie. Alex works at the Vineyard as a general manager. Marty is a good father, according to his wife. He is dedicated and spends a lot of time with his son. Alex also appears on the show. He graduated from the same university as his father, University of Michigan.
While studying at Michigan Tech University, he had an idea to establish an oil and gas company called “Tara Energy”. Fortunately for him, once he had done it, it was a much better and more prosperous idea than he ever thought it would be. This business of his had its risks, as it specialized in extracting natural gas, which is a high-risk operation.
Before this, his first job was with a company “Amoco Production Company”, which dealt in the petroleum business. In 1982, he started his own business of exploring oil and gas. He would later sell his company for a great amount of money.
Because he is a very good engineer and an expert in his field, he became a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
To the wide public, Marty Lagina became famous after appearing on the television reality series “The Curse of Oak Island”, alongside his older brother Rick. The premise for the show came from the centuries-old legend that there is a buried treasure somewhere on Oak Island, Nova Scotia, Canada.
In 2009, Marty sold his company to “Tara”, for $58 million. He decided to move into the wind energy business. Therefore, he started Heritage Sustainable Energy and planted 60 wind turbines. He always put great effort into making his company eco-friendly.
Back to his show, it started in 2014. In the show, it is clear that his brother is more involved and more obsessed with the mysteries and treasures of the island. The series is successful and popular in America, and it already had five seasons on History.
Rick was only 11 years old when he got interested in treasure hunting. Marty was also very intrigued by Oak Island and its Money Pit.
A producer by the name of Kevin Burns heard about the brothers’ idea for the show and convinced them to go for it.
Both Rick and Marty knew were familiar with the treasure since 1965, but during the late nineties, they got really interested in it.
After they learned that Oak Island is for sale, they decided to buy it. Throughout the seasons, they made great efforts and underwent major excavations. However, they never found the treasure, only intriguing pieces of history, like pottery, stones, bones, and metal objects. They have many friends and colleagues who help them on the show, as well as different organizations, research facilities, and experts.
Net Worth and earnings
Marty Lagina is a successful businessman and entrepreneur. However, like many other things about his, his exact wealth is not familiar. As of this year, he has an estimated net worth of anywhere between $40 and $100 million, depending on what different sources say.
The series earned him a lot of money. From it, and his company, he made about $2 million only last year. His brother has four times less money than him. However, the brothers do not think much of money.
Since the show is so popular, we can expect him to earn much more in the future and have great success in his ventures.