Mike Holmes is a Canadian builder/contractor, businessman, investor, television host, and philanthropist. He is the host of the television show Holmes on Homes and is also a judge on Handyman Superstar Challenge and its American counterpart, All American Handyman. Mike had never sought a career on television; his success on TV came about as more of an accident than the result of his conscious effort.
Holmes is the author of two home improvement books. One of them is titled Home Renovation with Canada's Most Trusted Contractor, and the other one was titled Holmes Inspection. Mike is acknowledged as an extraordinary craftsman and an accomplished master builder. His reality TV shows Holmes Inspection, Holmes on Homes, and his latest Holmes Makes It Right air in multiple countries worldwide. Mike's first passion was contracting, and he focused all of his energy towards becoming a master in his industry. He was named the second most widely trusted person in Canada by Reader's Digest in 2010. He has received many awards for his successful work.
Michael James Holmes was born on August 3, 1963, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In Canada, Holmes grew up in a modest three-bedroom home with his parents Shirley and Jim. Mike grew tired of not having his own space and took it upon himself to renovate his closet into a bedroom. That marked the earliest building project he completed in his life. Growing up in a blue-collar, working-class family, Holmes described his childhood as inferior but content. Having such a childhood taught him how important it is to "do things right the first time." It's better to prepare and do it right than to spend time fixing avoidable mistakes.
In a television interview, Mike credited his father for inspiring him at an early age to dive headfirst into craftsmanship: "In my eyes, he was Superman. I talk about my dad all the time. Sometimes I get the feeling I talk about him too much. But he is the inspiration behind what I do for sure. My mom was my perfect friend, and my dad was my buddy, and they brought me up the right way."
While Mike described his dad as a "tough guy with a heart of gold," he told his mother as "an intelligent woman who was ahead of her time." He noted that his mother taught him and his sibling sex education from a very young age when doing so was considered taboo. She wasn't shy about teaching her children real issues they would have to deal with in the real world.
At the young age of 19, Mike married his first wife, Alexandra Lorex. After the marriage, he began his career as a full-time contractor. That same year he started his first contracting company with 13 employees.
At the age of 21, he became the father of a sweet little daughter named Amanda. Later, he started his own renovation company. Mike and his wife decided to have more kids because of the extra income they were earning. They had a daughter named Sherry and a son named Mike Holmes Jr. After they got old enough, Mike Jr. and Sherry ended up working with Mike's regular work crew on his show Holmes Inspection. His other kid, Amanda, works in his office doing administrative duties. Mike is very proud that his children have followed in his footsteps.
After two decades into his career, Mike was the successful owner of two companies. The economic recession hit the construction industry, and as expected, the recession did not protect Mike's business from it. Mike went bankrupt and even reached a point where he considered selling his business. He started feeling like a burden on his family. His marriage crumbled because of financial stress.
Mike was forced to sell his car because of the excessive amount of time he spent getting his work started again. Soon after, he was separated from his wife. The divorce ended his marriage occurred when he was 30 years old. To make things more complicated, a month after the split-up, Mike's father died at the early age of 55 due to an accident that happened while walking down a narrow staircase that had no handrail.
Mike hasn't been married since the divorce. However, he doesn't hide being in a relationship with his girlfriend, Anna Zapia. He refers to Anna, a showroom model, even though they are not legally married. Mike and Anna live in a mansion in Georgetown. They have many exotic pets, including a polar bear, a cobra, and an iguana named Pippa.
|Date of Birth:||03-08-1963|
|T.V. Show(s):||Holmes on Homes, Holmes Inspection, Home Free, IQ: Live from London|
|Children:||Sherry Holmes, Amanda Holmes, Mike Holmes Jr.|
|Ex. Wife:||Alexandra Lorex|
|Profession:||Businessman, investor, television host, philanthropist|
|Birth Place:||Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada|
|Net Worth:||$25 million|
|Birth Date:||3 Aug, 1963|
|Birth Place:||Halton Hills|
|Education:||British Columbia Institute of Technology|
|Description:||General contractor, television home-renovation host|
|Net Worth 2020:||30 million|