You can tell Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson apart from his brothers because he is usually wearing an American-flag bandana on his bearded head.
His patriotism was put to good use at the State of the Union. He made headlines when Congressman Vance McAllister invited him as his guest to the 2014 event.
As Season 6 of the reality show premieres on June 11, Willie, who now has over 2 million Twitter followers, posted this message:
Can ya'll believe it is time for season 6!!! I'll be watching with ya.
— Willie Robertson (@williebosshog) June 11, 2014
Here’s what you should know about this business-minded country boy.
1. He’s the CEO of Duck Commander With a Net Worth of Reportedly $20 Million
The Robertson family business, Duck Commander, is based in their hometown of West Monroe, Louisiana. Their empire began from manufacturing high-quality duck calls and duck decoys out of salvaged swamp wood.
Willie told Best of New Orleans that the reality show has impacted business in a positive way, to say the least:
Business has been unbelievable. Overwhelming. We have lots of orders, a lot of online orders, lot of people coming by the office — which we have quite figured out how we’re gonna do that yet. They’re pouring in from all over — Canada, and all across the U.S. Folks are coming in and trying to get a glimpse of where we shoot and all that. They’re buying a few things, which is good.
Willie’s father, Phil Robertson, started Duck Commander in 1973. Phil ruffled some feathers in December when he made homophobic comments to GQ.
Willie’s first interview after the controversy was with Fox News. He said:
I think we all learned a lot and we’re just ready to move on, and the family’s happy, and we’re ready to go. I’ve got to make sure my guys are back there building duck calls.
2. He Met His Wife at Grade-School Summer Camp
Willie married his wife, Korie, a year after high school, and they even went to college together.
Watch the interview with the couple on Jimmy Kimmel. They dish on everything from meeting President Obama to the first time Korie met her future father-in-law, Phil.
In an interview with Ask Men, Willie discussed the benefits of marrying young:
I would recommend getting married young. That way you don’t have all the baggage. All our memories are together. Everything we have, we built together.
In the same interview, he told the couple’s sweet story:
Korie and I met at a summer youth camp. I was in the fourth grade; she was in the third grade. We were on a hike and I asked her to hold hands. We went to different schools — I was in public and she was in private — but we’d see each other in the Christian youth group during the year.
3. He Has 5 Kids, But Only 3 Are Biological
Besides Rebecca, Willie Jr. is also not a biological child. Willie and Korie adopted him when he was five weeks old.
In Touch Weekly asked Willie if he would ever adopt again. He answered:
Sure. There are plenty of kids who need homes. That’s why we’re all here. We have adopted children and we have natural children … and there’s no difference between them.
Through their hit show, Willie hopes to show that his family is a tight-knit unit. He told ABC, “I’ve seen enough train wrecks on TV, on these shows. It will be nice to see a family that sits down and has a meal together.”
4. His Book Is a Bestseller
In the preview video above, Willie promotes the book by saying:
From scrambling squirrel brains to frying frog legs to pigging ducks, my family has done and eaten it all. And by reading our new book, The Duck Commander Family, you can see it all. Now granted, I have not read many books, but it’s not gonna stop me from writing one.
In 2012, Willie and Korie wrote The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty. It gives readers an in-depth look into the Robertson business and family life.
With a bestselling book and successful businesses, it is obvious that Willie knows business.
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health and human performance from Harding University with an emphasis on business. He was the only one of his brothers — Alan, Jase and Jep — to get a business degree.
Willie’s mother, Kay, told ABC that Willie always had a great business sense:
He was about 10 or 11, junior high, they called us from school, he had to set up a concession stand, selling candies, and he absolutely shut down the school’s whole snack shop.
5. He Made a Cameo in ‘God’s Not Dead’
In the 2014 religious film, Willie makes a cameo along with Korie. They play themselves in a scene where a reporter ask them about their faith.
In the movie, when asked how they feel when people say they are offended by the family-prayer time on their show, he said:
We’re not trying to offend anybody. As far as my praying to Jesus, my life and my whole eternity belongs to God. The money, fame, success, temporary. Even life is temporary. Jesus, that’s eternal.