The Star of Discovery’s ‘Bee Czar’ Is Backed by Some Big Bucks

"Bee Czar" Walter Schumacher is a Texas native aiming to save the American honeybee through relocation and honey sales. What's his net worth?

Kathryn Underwood - Author

Apr. 6 2022, Published 10:50 a.m. ET

"Bee Czar" Walter Schumacher
Source: Discovery Channel Facebook

Walter Schumacher, the star of Discovery's recently premiered Bee Czar, has been on a mission to save honeybees for years. Schumacher founded two honeybee rescue organizations and focuses on relocating bees to safe areas (without wearing protective gear). He's also backed by some major bucks. What's "Bee Czar" Walter Schumacher’s net worth in 2022?

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Walter Schumacher

Bee rescuer, star of Discovery's "Bee Czar"

Net worth: $600,000

Texas-born Walter Schumacher stars in Bee Czar, a new Discovery show in which he rescues honeybees from unlikely places and safely relocates them. He’s the founder of the Central Texas Bee Rescue and the American Honey Bee Protection Agency and has played in role in developing legislation that protects bees from destruction.

Birthdate: Oct. 23, 1963

Former Spouse: Tina Lee

Children: William, Bodhi, Odin

Walter Schumacher aims to save honeybees from extinction

Schumacher has made saving the American honeybee from extinction his personal goal. As part of that mission, he has learned how to rescue bees from locations where they’re unwanted and move them to safety, doing so without the protective gear that's typical for bee handlers.

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The show "Bee Czar" is on Discovery and shows the relocation of beehives to safety.

In 2006, Schumacher founded Central Texas Bee Rescue, using his own property as an eco-friendly place for local residents looking to relocate bees. And in 2012, he founded the American Honey Bee Protection Agency (AHBPA) and helped pass an ordinance decreeing that bees that are non-threatening must be relocated instead of destroyed.

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Schumacher has secured the financial backing of billionaire John Paul DeJoria, who owns Patron Tequila and the Paul Mitchell hair product company. According to Reporting Texas, DeJoria had a $2.9 billion net worth as of 2015, estimated by Forbes.

Walter Schumacher’s net worth is likely well under $1 million

Schumacher’s exact net worth isn't known, though one site estimates it to be around $600,000. In 2015, he told Reporting Texas that money troubles have almost forced him to quit his bee rescue mission several times.

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According to Discovery Channel's website, Schumacher had a “booming” business with nearly $1 million in sales before the pandemic. However, he lost a lot of his business and must now “rebuild his honey business from the ground up.”

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Discovery's Bee Czar premiered on March 9, 2022. Also currently airing on Discovery is Street Outlaws.

Schumacher knows that the honeybee is crucial to humanity

As Schumacher said to People, “The honeybee is a keystone species, and without them, we won't survive.” He notes that approximately every third bite of food people eat was pollinated by a honeybee, and without honeybees, “life as we know it would cease to exist.” Along with rescuing and relocating beehives from places like churches, homes, or high up in trees, Schumacher works to produce honey to finance his mission.


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