The 8 passengers is the name of a YouTube channel featuring the Franke family of eight. The channel was created in January 2015 and is made up of Kevin and Ruby Franke being the father and mother and then six super active kids named Shari, Chad, Julie, Abby, Russell and Eve Franke. They usually upload comic, exciting and epic family videos. Ruby Franke’s first video was a documentary of their last child Eve and her early life. The channel went on to hit the milestone of one million viewers in August 2017 and has since gone on to amass a much bigger following. They are a really fun bunch to watch.
Who Are The 8 Passengers Members?
Father And Mother
1. Kevin Franke
He is the father of the Franke family and patriarch to the 8 passengers. He mostly does the directing and shooting of their videos. Kevin was born on October 9, 1978, he has a Bachelors Degree in civil engineering from Utah State University where he graduated Magna cum laude. The YouTuber got his masters from the University of Washington and earned his Ph.D. from Brigham Young University. He was a professional geotechnical engineering consultant for seven years. Kevin is currently an assistant professor of civil engineering at the Brigham Young University. His zodiac sign is Libra.
2. Ruby Franke
She is the mother of the Franke family and matriarch to the 8 passengers, she started the YouTube channel in order to record the early beginnings of her baby Eve. Ruby Franke was born to Chad and Jennifer Griffiths on 18 January 1982 in Utah, USA. She and her four siblings spent a lot of time together while growing up. The way her mother brought her up was part of what inspired her to embrace family and motherhood in such a fashionable manner. She comes up with different ideas and subjects matters which make the channel more interesting. Ruby homeschooled her kids sharing some of those moments on the channel, she shares parenting tips with her fans too. Her zodiac sign is Capricorn.
3. Shari Franke
She is the oldest amongst the six children. She was named after her grandmother Frankie. Shari was born on March 3, 2003. The talented youngster has a channel of her own also on YouTube where she posts makeup tutorials, tells stories along with many other videos. Her channel, however, is monitored by her parents and she has over 100,000 viewers and still growing. She hosts the giveaway events and gives out various gifts on her parents’ behalf. She has skin allergy issues during the summer and suffers from nyctophobia, acrophobia, and apiphobia. She loves writing, sketching and listening to country music. Her zodiac sign is Pisces
4. Chad Franke
He was born almost two years after Shari, on February 2, 2005, in Seattle. He appeared first on their YouTube channel’s third video. He is seen going about chores in the house and taking his music lessons. Chad is responsible for the “naming baby food challenge” that went viral and also the “makeup challenge” where his Mum had to apply makeup on his face. He also has videos on the channel where he talks about puberty, his first crush and his first shave which all went viral. He loves American football and says he will one day play for the ‘Washington Huskies’. He likes pizza and his mother’s home-made food a lot. Chad also has a particular interest in animals, his zodiac sign is Aquarius and he is currently 1.52m tall and still growing.
5. Abby Franke
She is the third child of the Franke family who was born on April 14, 2007, in Utah, US. She is camera shy and doesn’t appear on YouTube as the rest of the family does. Though her appearances on their videos anytime is always remarkable. She is particularly obsessed with her birthday. She is also an avid harp player. Abby loves beaches and vacationing with her family. Her favorite vacation spot is Hawaii. She also loves strawberries and plays basketball too. Abby is a very private person and loves to spend time alone. Her favorite subject in school is science and she has a particular interest in studying maps. Her Zodiac Sign is Aries.
6. Julie Franke
Julie was born on January 11, 2009, and her zodiac sign is Capricorn. She is the fourth child in the Franke family and was introduced on the YouTube channel’s second video, ‘Meet the Passengers – Julie’, she was just six years old then. The video had clips from when she began to walk to her first day at school, it was an instant viral success. Fans love Julie for her confidence on camera and her amazing attitude. She loves to sing.
7. Russell Franke
He is the fifth child in The Passengers and was born on July 9, 2011. He appears regularly on the channel adding color to the family’s activities. He is known particularly for his cute smiles. His zodiac sign is cancer.
8. Eve Franke
She was born on September 1, 2013, as the youngest and last child of the Franke family. The video, “the making of Eve” was her first video on YouTube, it featured her birth story. Eve has also been featured in other videos that have gone viral including the ‘Baby climbs out of crib” video, one of their most watched videos. Her zodiac sign is Virgo.
What Are They Up To Now
Basically, as their lives have been in the public eye for so long they are simply living the lives of rock-stars having made such a fortune off the adverts being placed on their Youtube channel. One thing is for sure, The 8 passengers wouldn’t want to stop anytime soon though the parents admit that as the kids grow up and head to college, they would likely not be available to shoot as many videos as they would like to. So for the moment, the family seeks to create as many refreshing contents as possible pending when the time comes when life separates them.
Net Worth And Other Facts
1. The 8 Passengers own a merchandise and a website where they sell mugs, Polos, pants and a whole lots of other things with lots of customers.
2. They also do sponsored videos working with companies like Warren Orthodontics, ThredUP, Maytag Vacuums, Cozmo, Kleenex, Crock Pot and a host of others.
3. Kevin also earns a large undisclosed salary as a professor.
4. The family has an intense love for animals in general, they live in Utah, the USA with their dog named Nolly.
5. The 8 passengers family is Mormon in religion and they are related to fellow YouTube families such as Griffiths Live Vlogs, Deru Crew Vlogs, Ellie and Jared and Bonnie Hoellein.
6. Their net worth is over 1 million dollars.