The mechanic of Swiss ancestry Otto Kilcher is the TV star of the Discovery Channel show “Alaska: The Last Frontier”. Otto lives with his family and kids in a farm near Homer, Alaska, where he and his family needs to hunt, fish and raise cattle to survive the harshness of the region.

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Early Life and Family

Otto Kilcher comes from a Swiss family that immigrated to the US, Alaska during World War II. He is the sixth child of eight, born on 19 April 1952, in Fritz Creek, Alaska, to parents Yule and Ruth Kilcher.

From his childhood, Otto developed an interest in fixing many devices at home. This experience of tinkering around has proven to be of great importance in his future life, because Otto later opened a mechanic shop, and taught his kids his profession.

Being in a remote place, Otto had to grow up getting used to no electricity or running water, when the family lived in a small log cabin outside Homer, depending on farming, fishing, and herding to make their living.

Otto grew up in a musical family, and singing and playing instruments were common in his youth; his brother and his nephew became musicians in their later lives.


Otto Kilcher’s TV career started in the early 2010s, when Discovery Channel were looking for people for a new reality show based in Alaska. The Kilcher family was picked up in 2011 for the first season of the reality show – “Alaska: The Last Frontier”. The show aired its first episode on 29 December 2011, but its first season had only three episodes.

As of late 2019, with more than 140 episodes the show is in its ninth season, depicting Otto and his family’s lifestyle, in the successful series.

Besides Otto Kilcher, the show also displays the life of his wife, Charlotte, his kids Torrey, August, Levi, and Eivin, and other members of the Atz Kilcher, Bonnie Kilcher-Dupree, Jane Kilcher, Eve Kilcher, and Shane Kilcher. Otto lives with his family in a homestead with more than 600 acres of land. According to a various sources, the place is reputedly worth around $16 million.

The Reality Show

Otto holds the main place as the patriarch of the family, together with Atz. Each episode has approximately 44 minutes, and is focused on the daily struggle of the family in working with animals and dealing with nature, just to make ends meet.

Personal Life

Otto has been married three times – his first wife was Olga Von Ziegesar, who he divorced years later – they didn’t have kids. Otto then married Sharon Mckemie, and they have two children, Levi and Eivin Kilcher, but divorced in 1987.

Otto Kilcher

His third wife is Charlotte Adamson, a biologist by profession; they have been married for more than 20 years, and have two kids, Torrey and August.

He and his wife share a lot of their activities in the homestead. According to their website, Otto is still fixing broken things, raising cattle, hunting and farming. Charlotte takes care of the garden, milking the cows and taking care of the chickens. They live an almost self-sufficient life in their place.

Otto Kilcher’s Net worth

With the show, the success and the audience came the money. Although Otto Kilcher has worked all his life and accumulated a good amount of wealth, the show not just made him famous, but made him wealthier. According to sources, his net worth varies is as much as $6 million.

Comparison to his family net worth

Otto’s brother, Atz is the eldest of the family and has a net worth of $7 million. He is the father of the world-famous musician Jewel Kilcher, who has also been present in the series. Other members net worth are also high – Atz Lee, has a net worth of $2 million, and receives 20,000 dollars per episode as a salary.

Remember this scene when Otto and Charlotte brought over the cradle to Eivin Kilcher and Eve Kilcher for baby Findlay?

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Otto’s eldest son, Eivin, has a net worth of $2 million and reputedly has a salary of  $8,000 per episode.

Otto’s Death Rumors

A rumor spread around the internet that Otto was dead. Otto is alive and well and is present in the last season of his show. Although he got sick and went through surgery, Otto’s health is strong even though he is in his 60s.

Otto’s Star Niece

Otto Kilcher’s niece is the famous singer Jewel Kilcher. Jewel started her career as a singer with her father Atz, and today has a solid career as a singer, songwriter, an actress, and a published poet. Jewel appeared in some episodes of the shows.

Otto’s Online Activity

Different from the old times when he had no running water or electricity, Otto has an internet connection, and is active in social media such as Twitter and Instagram, on which he has 10,000 and more than 30,000 followers respectively.


Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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