Jimmy Chin

Jimmy Chin is an American Academy-winning film director, professional climber, and national geographic photographer. Jimmy is known for his extraordinary high-risk photography while skiing and climbing under challenging environments. He has led in various mountain climbing, skiing, and expeditions to different continents.

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Biography and Early Life

Jimmy Chin was born in Mankato, Minnesota, on October 12, 1973. His parents, Frank Chin and Yen Yen Chin, were both from China, but they escaped from mainland China to Taiwan during the Chinese Communist Revolution. They then relocated to Minnesota, where Jimmy was born and raised. Jimmy has always been a sport from a young age as he participated in martial arts and competitive swimming.

After he graduated, Jimmy became a climbing dirtbag, moved into the back of his car, and parked in Yosemite National Park. He did this despite his parent’s disapproval.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Jimmy Chin in 2021 and what is his height and weight? Well, Jimmy Chin’s age is 47 years old as of today’s date 2nd August 2021 having been born on 12 October 1973. Though, he is 5′ 7″ in feet and inches and 170 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 165 lbs in Pound and 75kg in Kilograms.


Chin started at Wayland Academy. He later joined Carleton College, where he graduated with BA in Asian studies in 1996. His climbing obsession started first when he was n Carleton College.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

Jimmy Chin married the love of his life, a film director and producer, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, on May 26, 2013. Together they have two children, Marina, born in 2013, and James, born in 2015. The two met at an ideas Conference near Lake Tahoe. Chin was talking about his gruesome attempts to climb the Sharks’ Fin in the Garhwal Himalaya.

Jimmy Chin started off photography when he borrowed a camera from his partner to capture a moment. The picture they took is estimated to have been sold for $500, and this is how he kicked off his career.

Chin has worked to support environmental rights while working hand in hand with charities and campaigns. He also offers photography services in support of charity and also gives masterclasses to aid in charity.

When Chin is not busy doing risky business, he loves spending time with his family.

Is Jimmy Chin Gay?

Sadly, there is little information on the internet about Jimmy Chin concerning his sexual orientation. However, since Chin is married and with two children, it is correct to conclude that he is of a straight sexual orientation.

Professional Career

Jimmy Chin started his expedition career while still in college. In the early stages of his career, he organized several climbing expeditions to Pakistan Karakoram Mountains, and in 2001, he signed a sponsorship agreement with The North Face. These expeditions resulted in him being featured in National Geographic’s April 2003 issue and was featured in Rick Rodgeway’s book, the Big Open.

Chin took many climbing expeditions, including climbing Mount Everest while filming for Working Title on a feature film project. Apart from his significant expeditions to the Himalayas, jimmy chin has undertaken numerous climbing and skiing expeditions to many remote places on the face of this earth, including; Borneo, Antarctica, the Pitcairn Islands, and many others.

Chin has survived a few avalanches, including a class-4 avalanche in the Grand Tetons.

Chin is a successful filmmaker, having started filming in 2003 under the tutorage of Rick Ridgeways. He started Camp 4, a commercial production company, in 2010 but sold the company in 2014 to his partners.

Jimmy Chin worked together with his wife to direct and produce the feature-length documentary Meru, depicting his 2011 climb. The documentary premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film festival and won the US audience Documentary award.  Together with his wife again, they collaborated to direct and produce the documentary Free Solo, which again won the People’s Choice Award: Documentaries at the 2018 Toronto International film festival, the 2018 BAFTA Award for Best documentary, and the 2018 Academy for the best documentary feature.


Over his career period, Jimmy has obtained many awards, which include:

  • National Geographic Microsoft Emerging Explorers grant.
  • Nominee Piolet D’Or International Climbing Award.
  • Outside magazine adventures of the year 2012.
  • Galen Rowell Memorial Photography Award.
  • Honorary Doctorate, Sustainability science, Unity College, Maine.
  • Audience Award at Sundance Film for Meru(2015)
  • Lyman Spitzer adventure Award: K7 Climbing Expedition.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Jimmy Chin in 2021

Jimmy has supposedly amassed most of his wealth from photography. His current wealth as of 2021, is estimated to be $1 million. Being a photographer for National Geographic, he is stipulated to be getting a good amount of salary but is not disclosed. Concerning his assets and property, and possessions, no information is disclosed.

Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know

  • Jimmy started playing violin at age 4.
  • Chin stands at the height of 1.7 m and weighs 75kgs.
  • Jimmy Chin has a regular everyday routine that includes 15 to 20 minutes of meditation. He has done this for the past 20 years and is engraved in his system. He does it in the morning and the evening.

Jimmy Chin proves that being a career person does not entail working behind the desk only and doing what you love doing and making the most out of it. Chin has made his passion and risk-taking mood to earn him a living, and that is not something that somebody can take out of him. Although he has had near-death experiences, it does not deter him from doing what matters most.


Facts of Jimmy Chin

  • Gender Male
  • full nameJimmy Chin
  • birthplaceMankato, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth October 12, 1973
  • Age 50 years 9 months
  • Horoscope Libra
  • Lucky Number 6
  • Lucky Stone Peridot
  • Lucky Color Blue
  • Best Match for Marriage Gemini
  • nationalityAmerican
  • religionUnknown
  • net worth$1 million
  • professionPhotographer, climber and filmmaker
  • weightIn Kilograms – 75 Kg, In Pounds – 165 lbs
  • heightIn Centimetres – 170 cm, In Feet and Inches – 5′ 7″
  • hair colorN/A
  • eye colorN/A
  • high schoolWayland Academy

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