Mike Rowe, aka “the dirtiest man on TV,” forged his way to fame and success through hard work.
His parents didn’t have wealth or fame, and he wasn’t a prodigy by any means. Instead, he used his baritone voice to get all kinds of jobs. Then he paired that voice with a strong work ethic and got down and dirty with workers responsible for all kinds of unpleasant tasks. That garnered him a large following for his TV show, “Dirty Jobs.”
Currently, he resides in modest (his word) living conditions in San Francisco. Although Rowe reportedly has an estimated net worth of $35 million, he’s lived in the same apartment for more than 14 years. He claims to have a terrific view of Treasure Island and Alcatraz that’s only partially marred by a smokestack.
His tenure on “Dirty Jobs” has made him a strong advocate for blue collar workers, community colleges, trade schools and a bevy of other causes. Let’s follow his journey from birth as the eldest son of two public school teachers to becoming a household name when yucky, distasteful jobs are mentioned.