Gil Bates

William Gilvin Bates, popularly known as Gil Bates, is a well-known American television personality as well as an entrepreneur. Together with his whole family, they appear on the reality television show “Bringing Up Bates.” The show is all about how his nineteen children are brought up, Bates and his wife being the hosts.

Well, how well do you know about Gil Bates? If not much, we have compiled all you need to know about Gil Bates’s net worth in 2021, his age, height, weight, wife, kids, biography and complete details about his life. Well, if you’re all set, here is what we know about Gil Bates to date.

Biography and Early Life

Gil Bates was born on 1 January 1965 in South Carolina, United States. He is the firstborn to Bill Bates and Jane and has two younger siblings, Greg and Jennifer. Being a football lover from a very young age, he acquired a football uniform at the age of two. By the time he was eight years, he had begun playing the game.

He was brought up in a Christian family and attended Methodist churches.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Gil Bates in 2021 and what is his height and weight? Well, Gil Bates’s age is 56 years old as of today’s date 2nd August 2021 having been born on 1 January 1965. Though, he is 5′ 5″ in feet and inches and 170 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 164 lbs in Pound and 74kg in Kilograms.


He enrolled at Belton-Honea Path High School and was a wrestler. He won two awards for his wrestling, South Carolina State Wrestling senior Championships of 1983 and the Most Outstanding Wrestler Award. He later joined Anderson University to further his education.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

Bates met Kelly Jo Callaham while in Anderson University and began their dating journey. They tied the knot on 19 December 1987 and had an agreement not to have children until after five years. Unfortunately, his wife got pregnant soon after their marriage and welcomed their first child, Zachary, on 30 December 1988. Michael Christian followed, and Gil began loving children. They continued getting more until the last and nineteenth child, Jeb Coltin, was born in 2012. His family has continued to grow as he has grandchildren from his children.

In 2019, he had shoulder surgery after he popped his shoulder while having a push-up challenge. His fans supported him and sent their get well soon message to encourage him.

Is Gil Bates Gay?

The guy on the topic is straight as far as sexual orientation is concerned. He is neither gay nor bisexual. Though he was accused of sexual harassment in the past, it was with women, although the case was closed after lack of evidence. He has been married for a long time to one wife, Kelly, and together has nineteen children. They live happily together, and he tries to dine with the whole of his family.

Professional Career

Gil started his career life by working with CB Richard Ellis in brokerage. Due to the large family, he was still struggling financially and decided to start a tree excavating company, Bates Tree Service. His grown sons helped him grow this company and even employed them. Later, his son, Lawson, in his teenage started a lawn business which helped to support the family as well.

He started his television personality career in 2008 together with a close family friend, the Duggar family. The reality show, 17 Kids and Counting, had an episode, When Big Families Collide, and Bates family was introduced. “The Bates Family: And Baby Makes 19” was a special episode aired on 13 March 2012 as a re-introduction of the family.

The next show, United Bates of America, came on 6 August 2012, but after one season, it was canceled. The family started filming their second reality show, “Bringing Up Bates,” on 18 November 2014. The show is still premiered on Up TV, currently in the sixth season.


Gil has achieved a lot right from his past years. He won two awards for playing wrestling, South Carolina State Wrestling Senior Champions and Most Outstanding Wrestler Award. Though in his later career, he has no notable award, he is a great achiever in parenting, having raised nineteen children of his own. He has inspired many families around the globe through his various reality shows.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Gil Bates in 2021

As of 2021, Bates has accumulated an estimated net worth of $500 thousand. He has generated his wealth from the Bates Company and also Bates Tree Excavation. His family’s reality shows have also contributed greatly to adding up his earnings. His net worth is increasing as long as he is hosting the reality show.

Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know

  • In 2015, he had a sexual assault scandal with five women. The women accused the Institute of Basic Life Principles (IBLP), in which he was also a board member.
  • He opened his own church, Bible Baptist Church, in September 2015. He is currently the pastor of that church.

Gil is a man who will be celebrated by coming generations for his excellent example of a family person. He is an inspiration to many to look after their families no matter the challenges they face. He guides his viewers on his reality shows not to give up on family. Managing to bring up nineteen children amidst ups and downs is a great achievement in the current society.


Facts of William Gilvin Bates

  • Gender Male
  • full nameWilliam Gilvin Bates
  • birthplaceSouth Carolina, United States
  • Date of Birth January 01, 1965
  • Age 59 years 6 months
  • Horoscope Capricorn
  • Lucky Number 5
  • Lucky Stone Topaz
  • Lucky Color Brown
  • Best Match for Marriage Scorpio, Virgo, Taurus
  • nationalityAmerican
  • religionChristian
  • net worth$500 thousand
  • professionReality television personality and entrepreneur
  • weightIn Kilograms – 74 Kg, In Pounds – 164 lbs
  • heightIn Centimetres – 170 cm, In Feet and Inches – 5′ 5″
  • hair colorLight brown
  • eye colorLight brown
  • high schoolBelton-Honea Path High School

Written by Joel S. Elkins

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