Does the name Todd Chrisley ring a bell? If you’ve seen the reality TV show titled Chrisley Knows Best, then you’d certainly know who Todd is. The American real estate tycoon and TV personality have garnered huge fame through his appearance on his family reality TV series. The show, which premiered on the USA network in 2014, has become fans favorite and no doubt, one of the reasons Chrisley became a household name in America. One reason why the show has kept the interest of millions of American viewers is the controversies that surround the family off-the-camera.
Even though Todd has come to be known for his display of affluence, his early days portrayed much less as he was born on in an average home. His birthplace was Atlanta, Georgia, where he was welcomed to the world on April 6, 1969, as Michael Todd Chrisley. However, he grew up in Westminster, South Carolina and was raised by his parents – Gene Raymond Chrisley (1935 – 2012) and Faye Chrisley – alongside his brothers, Randy and Derrick Chrisley. Randy is a stage four cancer patient (he was diagnosed in 2014).
Todd did attend high school but never went to college and that never stopped him from achieving financial success. He became known as the founder and CEO of Chrisley Asset Management (CAM) which had its headquarters in Atlanta. However, his first stride in business was with Executive Asset Management LLC, a company he ran between 2004 and 2008.
Who Are Todd Chrisley’s Family Members?
Todd Chrisley has been married twice. His first marital union was to 19-year-old Teresa Terry in 1988; he was 21 at the time. The couple welcomed their first child, a daughter named Lindsie Chrisley on September 17, 1989. Afterward, they welcomed a son named Kyle Chrisley in 1991. However, five years later, their marriage hit the rocks.
Following a series of irreconcilable differences, Todd and Terry decided to go their separate ways and their divorce process was finalized in court in 1996. Shortly after their divorce, Todd moved on with another relationship. He briefly dated and tied the knot with Julie Hughes, who was a beauty queen at the time. Together, they have three kids – Chase, Savannah, and Grayson Chrisley – who were born 1997, 1998, and 2006, respectively.
Other members of the Todd Chrisley dynasty are his grandkids from his older children. They include Jackson Campbell (Lindsie’s son) and Chloe Chrisley (Kyle’s daughter).
What Makes Todd Chrisley So Famous?
Appearance On His Reality TV Show Chrisley Knows Best
Todd Chrisley is widely known for his appearance on the TV reality show Chrisley Knows Best. The show, which has spurned seven seasons began on March 11, 2014, and airs on USA Network. One of the things that have kept viewers attracted to this show is the drama that goes on with the family, especially the patriarch – Todd Chrisley – off the camera and with the media.
Chrisley Knows Best features Todd Chrisley and his family – his wife, Julie Chrisley, and their kids – Chase, Savannah, and Grayson. His kids with his first wife, Teresa were also part of the show at some point (Kyle appeared only in the first season while Lindsie appeared in the first 5 seasons). Todd’s mother, Faye, and grandchildren – Chloe and Jackson, have also appeared on the show.
The show, which was initially filmed in the family’s property in Atlanta, Georgia, is currently filmed in their new home in Nashville, Tennessee. It follows the lavish lifestyle of the real estate guru and his family. More so, the show has also seen the production of spin-offs – According to Chrisley and Growing Up Chrisley, among others.
His Braggadocious Lifestyle & Media-driven Bankruptcy Saga
Talking about the off-the-camera dramas that have fueled his fame, this is one of them. One thing Todd Chrisley is notorious for is his reckless display of affluence and wealth. His heavy lifestyle budget, which is shown by his 30,000-square-foot residence in Atlanta, Georgia, collection of luxurious cars, flashy designer clothes worn by him and members of his clan, and the way his boasts about his achievements have made his affairs a public interest, thereby boosting his popularity.
Todd declared bankruptcy in 2012, stating that he had only $155 in cash and bank, as well as assets worth $4.2 million (with a debt profile of about $50 million). The following year, in 2013, his company Chrisley Asset Management (CAM) declared bankruptcy, which was blamed on the 2008 collapse of the housing market and the company’s loss of a contract with Fannie Mae in 2012.
To cope with the change in fortune, Todd Chrisley has moved his family from their $9 million home in Georgia to a modest $1.6 million home in Tennessee. He has even dabbled into music. In January 2016, he signed a record deal with Broadcast Music Inc., releasing an LP in November 2016.
An Ongoing Federal Tax Evasion Battle
Todd Chrisley found himself on the wrong side of the law when he and his wife, Julie Chrisley were charged for several financial crimes. These charges include Federal tax evasion, conspiracy to defraud the United States, wire fraud, and bank fraud in August 2019. They were said to have evaded income taxes and obtained bank loans amounting to millions of dollars with false bank statements and documents.
This has further made Todd’s family even more famous as they battle these charges in court. Todd was quick to lay part of the blame on an ex-employee of his company while going further to accuse his estranged daughter, Lindsie, of turning him over to the police. In October 2019, they were cleared in the State of Georgia for tax evasion after it was proven that they had overpaid, for the most part, during the years under review – 2008 to 2016.
Although their ‘exoneration’ would serve as a respite for the couple, they can only be glad to have won ‘a battle’ and not ‘the war’. Todd and his wife, Julie, still face counts of tax evasion and fraud on a federal level and are set to appear in court in April 2020.
Todd Chrisley’s Strained Relationship With His Children
The sour relationship between Todd Chrisley and the kids born to him by his first wife, Teresa, are well documented. In a public spat, Lindsie and her brother, Kyle, has dragged their father on several fronts. For Kyle, he has accused his father of being gay, an accusation which has been denied by Todd and rubbished by his mother, Teresa. He has also accused Todd of holding unto his daughter, Chloe, for TV ratings, demanding to be paid for her continued appearance on the Chrisley Knows Best show.
Todd’s daughter, Lindsie, on the other hand, has accused her father of trying to extort money from her over an alleged sex tape. However, Todd has said that his son, Kyle, is bipolar. He also accused his daughter, Lindsie, of being the “whistleblower,” who tipped off the Feds about their family’s finances.
Allegations About His Sexuality
One of the constant accusations most celebrities face is in the area of their sexuality and Todd Chrisley has had his fair share. Despite being married to two beautiful women, the allegation of him being gay has still managed to taunt him. Even though he has constantly denied it, the reason for this is not far from the fact that he has been accused of this by his son, Kyle Chrisley.
However, from the obvious, it would seem that this accusation stems from his resentment rather than the fact. Kyle’s mother, Teresa, is one of those who have come out to thrash the rumor as being false. Furthermore, no one has come forward with claims of being in a relationship with Todd or being harassed by him. On the contrary, the harassment claims that Todd Chrisley has faced have been from women.