Since their paths first crossed in 1984, Rhett & Link have moved from being friends to partners in comedy, business, and career. As one of American’s most loved comedy duo, Rhett McLaughlin (b October 11, 1977) and Link Neal (b. June 1, 1978) have continued to win hearts all over the United States and beyond with their widely-received comedy skits, including their Epic Rap Battle series. With five YouTube channels that boast millions of subscribers, it came as no surprise when the “intertainers” YouTube Channel was ranked No. 35 on New Media Rockstars Top 100 Channels list in 2014.
This article goes beyond their life on camera. We reveal what we know about Rhett and Link’s wives and kids.
Who are Rhett and Link?
Before Rhett and Link became YouTube sensations, they were simply two lads who became friends on their first day at Buies Creek Elementary School in Buies Creek, Harnett County, North Carolina. As first graders, they had a lot in common, including their passion to create and act out funny skits. But elementary school won’t be the only place they’ll attend together. In the years that followed, Rhett and Link attended the same middle school followed by high-school at Harnett Central High School. Following their graduation from high school, they both proceeded to North Carolina State University. Even at NCSU, they shared the same apartment and studied to be engineers.
Although they had co-executed several projects together since they were fourteen, Rhett and Link eventually went the way of corporate career after graduating from college. Rhett pursued a career in Civil Engineering, working with Black and Veatch, while Link followed his expertise as an Industrial Engineer at IBM. However, that career path didn’t stand for long as they both saw greater opportunities in the then-new platform YouTube. They soon quit their jobs to pursue a comedy career and went on to establish five YouTube channels which, today, boast of millions of views and subscribers. The results are stunning. In 2014, a few years after launch, their channel has been ranked No. 35 on New Media Rockstars Top 100 Channels list. More so, their video My OCD (Song) and Epic Rap Battle: Nerd vs. Geek have garnered over 49 million views and 44 million views respectively. But that’s not all.
Rhett & Link are bestselling authors too. Their book, Book of Mythicality: A Field Guide to Curiosity, Creativity, and Tomfoolery, was published by Crown Archetype. The duo has received at least twelve distinguished awards, seven nominations and seven honors.
Rhett and Link’s Wives and Kids
Link has been married to Christy Neal since 2000, making him the first of the duo to get married. As per sources, Link and Christy met in college back in 1998, at a roller skating rink. Together, they have three children; a daughter, Lilian and two sons, Lando and Charles Lincoln Neal IV. Rhett, on the other hand, has been married to Jessie Lane since 2001. Together, they have two children now; Shepherd and Locke.
So far, there has not been any news about rifts in their marital relationships. Neither have we received rumors in that regard. It is safe to say that the couples are keeping up quite well with each other. Both families currently reside in Los Angeles, California from where they oversee the affairs of their production company; Mythical Entertainment, Burbank.
Rhett and Link are worth a combined estimated sum of $21 million. Though considered relatively old for Youtube demographic, the two have, nevertheless, worked hard consistently to make their mark and their efforts seem to have paid off big time. They earn quite a sizeable amount from the viral adverts they do for many companies such as Red House Furniture and Ojai Valley Taxidermy. More so, several of their videos have been sponsored by big brands.
Other Facts Worthy of Note
1. They created their first video, a half-hour movie parody of the tragedy of Oedipus Rex, back in high school. Rhett played the main character, Oedipus, while Link played Oedipus’ father’s servant.
2. Rhett and Link have professed to be Christians but insist that their content is not religious in any way.
3. Together, the duo runs an audio podcast on iTunes, Spotify and SoundCloud titled Ear Biscuits, which they launched in September 2017. The podcast, which airs every Sunday, debuted in the United States on the iTunes charts at No. 22.