Russell Hantz is an American Oilfield service owner and TV personality who is best known for his appearance on the USA’s reality show Survivor. Hantz was the runner-up on Survivor: Samoa and second runner-up on Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.
He was nominated for the 2010 Teen Choice Awards for his appearance on Heroes vs. Villains. Likewise, he became one of the five contestants to reach the finals in more than one season. As of 2022, Russell has a net worth of $2 million.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Hantz has a net worth of $2 million as of June 2022. He generates his fortune from TV appearances and his business ventures.
His net worth is in a similar range to that of TV personality Mark Labbett ($2 million) and Dave Hester ($4 million).
Hantz applied for the CBA television show Pirate Master, however, was not accepted. He was then called to appear on Survivor: Samoa. Although he lost in the final elimination round, he won the ‘Sprint Player of the Season award and a cash prize of $100,000.
Russell was invited back for the 20th season of Survivors for Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains and was assigned to the Villains tribe. He was considered one of the five most notorious male villains of all time by the production crew. Similar to his last show, Hantz was unable to win the Survivor title and won the ‘Sprint Player of the Season award and $100,000 cash prize for the second time.
Hantz returned to the show for the 22nd season, Survivor: Redemption Island where he faced off with his old rival. He joined the Zapatera tribe by a random draw. He and his alley were immediately targeted. Hantz was eliminated at the Tribal Council and was sent to Redemption Island.
Russell’s elimination from the game was finalized after his loss against Matt Elrod in the Redemption Island. He stated that this would be his last season, however, during the reunion show he indirectly stated that he had a change of mind.
Hantz joined the cast of Australian Survivor: Champions vs. Contenders at an international level. The show was the first Australian version since the broadcasting network, Network Ten. Hantz became frustrated by his fellow tribe-mates due to their laid-back mentality. Despite his effort to eliminate other contestants, the vote was tied between Hantz and Jackie Glazier and in the re-vote, Hantz was voted off finishing in 23rd place.
Moreover, Russell along with the ten other contestants from Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains made a guest appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. He also got featured on the cover of TV Guide Magazine for the week of 14th February 2011 as a promotion for Redemption Island.
In 2012, Hantz appeared in an A&E reality show, Flipped off, a series about house flipping. The show featured him and his brother Shawn, as they worked with a local real estate agent to flip houses in the Houston area. The show aired from 28th April until 16th June 2012 and consisted of seven episodes.
He also showed his interest in competing on The Celebrity Apprentice: an American TV reality competition series.
Besides his career as a reality star and a businessman, he also gathers a decent amount of money from his sponsorships and endorsement deals.
Russell is also active on social media profiles like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with thousands of followers. His social media earnings also aid up a certain amount to his net worth. According to Influencer Marketing Hub, he can earn at the range of $81 to $136 per paid post with Instagram.
Hantz resides in Houston and is living a lavish and luxurious lifestyle, however, details on his house and other assets like cars are not available. The median house price in Texas starts from $187,800 as per Zillow.
Likewise, Hantz's expenses are mainly based on daily consumed foods, cars, accommodations, and travel. Besides this, he has kept information related to his tax payment and insurance under wraps.
In 2011, Hantz was accused of violating his Survivor contract by leaking information. He was blamed for leaking the show’s result on a Survivor fansite by a man named Jim Early.
Early stated that Hantz had made contact with him via telephone and began revealing accurate information regarding the outcome of the show. However, Hantz denied the accusations and said it was a false call. No legal action was taken against Russell, but contestants who reveal information regarding the show could face damages of $5 million.
Russell registered russellgotscrewed.com, his online site where he thanked his supporters and asked them to purchase t-shirts or donate money to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Besides this, he is also involved in several philanthropic works.
Russel Hantz was born on 10th October 1972 in the United States of America. He holds American nationality and belongs to white ethnic background. He grew up alongside his siblings William, Melanie, and Shawn.
As of 2022, Russell is 50 years old. He stands at a height of 5 feet 7 inches (169 cm).
Russell is a divorcee. He was married to his now-former wife Melanie, however, the exact marriage date is not available at the moment. Together they share four children including a set of twins.
Hantz was arrested for the battery while parting near the bar he owns in Lafayette on 23rd April 2020. He got arrested after he shoved a woman to the ground causing minor injuries after a verbal argument. Russell was released later that day without bail but was given a court date scheduled for June 24 and a misdemeanor summons.