Joey Chestnut Net Worth (2022 Updated): How Rich Is He Actually in 2022?

Born Joseph Christian Chestnut, he is an American competitive eater who ranked first in the world by Major League Eating.

In this article, we will cover the net worth of Joey Chestnut, early life, career, and many more. Read the full article to know everything about Joey Chestnut, from his net worth to his personal life.

What Is the Net Worth of Joey Chestnut?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, the net worth of Joey Chestnut is around $2.5 million. He is one of the popular and most accomplished competitive eaters in history.  

After taking a dig into his net worth, let’s have a look at Joey Chestnut’s childhood and young years.

Early Life

Joey was born on the 25th of November, 1983 in Kentucky. Following completing high school graduation, Joey went to San Jose State University and there he started taking part in eating competitions for the first time in 2005. Until the year 2012, Joey didn’t complete his graduation as a result of frequent traveling to participate in food competitions.

Asparagus eating competition was among his major events and he was also placed first. He actually had almost 6.5 pounds of deep-fried asparagus within 11.5 minutes only, leaving Rich LeFevre behind. From his early years, it can be clearly seen that Joey Chestnut put in a lot of effort to earn this net worth.

Professional Career

Joey Chestnut’s career has contributed majorly to his net worth. He started by taking part in Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in 2005 and ended up in third place after he ate 32 hot dogs. The first runner-up was Sonya Thomas who had 37 whereas Takeru Kobayashi won the competition having eaten 49.

Joey ate 32.5 grilled cheese sandwiches within 10 minutes, ended up setting a new world record in the same year, and won the GoldenPalace World Grilled Cheese Eating Championship.

He continued to reach the heights of stardom and left Sonya Thomas behind in the Waffle House World Waffle Eating Championship. Joey stood in second place in the Krystal Square Off World Hamburger Eating Championship. 

In 2006, Kobayashi set the world record at Nathan’s event with 53 and 3/4ths completed. He was placed second with 52, setting the US record. 

Joey became the winner of the 2007 Wing Bowl XV in Philadelphia after he had 182 chicken wings within thirty minutes. Chestnut also won the annual Nathan’s Contest. He left behind Kobayashi who had been the winner for 6 years, after having 66 hotdogs whereas Kobayashi could have 63.

In the same year, Chestnut conquered the Krystal Square Off World Hamburger Eating Championship, eating 103 Krystal burgers within 8 minutes.

From 2007 to 2015, Joey Chestnut won 8 consecutive Nathan’s Contests which played an important role in his net worth. He continued to set new records in 2020 as well as 2021 after having 75 and 76 hot dogs respectively within just 10 minutes.

Matt Stonie won the contest in 2015. But the next year Joey became the winner again after he ate 70 hot dogs and another record was set once again by him. Between the years 2016 and 2020, he then won the next one.

Joey Chestnut Net Worth
Joey Chestnut

The year 2008 saw him setting another two world records. At the February Wing Bowl, Joey Chestnut set a new record for having 241 wings under thirty minutes, contributing majorly to his net worth. In Houston, during the Kenny & Ziggy’s World Matzoh Ball Eating Championship, he had 78 matzo balls.

The next month in Amarillo, Texas, at The Big Texan Steak Ranch, Joey ate 4.5 pounds of ribeye steak, baked potato, salad, roll, and shrimp cocktail within only 9 minutes, ending up setting a new male record. Joey once again was victorious at Nathan’s Contest after finishing equal with Kobayashi.

After a few weeks, Kobayashi defeated him in a chicken satay eating competition after eating nearly 12 pounds of chicken whereas Joey could have 12.

Joey continued setting a new world record the next year after he had 10.5 pounds of macaroni and cheese within just 7 minutes. Chestnut then left his earlier record behind at Nathan’s Contest after having 68 hotdogs, ultimately winning the contest.

But in the Krystal Hamburger Championship, he was defeated by Kobayashi. Joey also made an appearance in “Man v. Food,” where he had a giant 5-pound burrito within 3 minutes only. Joey Chestnut’s achievements made him able to take his net worth to another height.

In Singapore, he ended up winning the 2010 Shrimp Wontons eating contest. For the consecutive fourth year, he gained victory at the Nathan’s Contest. At the Pepto Bismol Bratwurst Eating Championship, he marked his winning after having 42 brats within twelve minutes and also won the Upper Crust Pizza Eating competition as he ate 37 slices in under ten minutes. 

Joey was the winner of the 2011 Nathan’s Contest but a new record was set by Kobayashi after having 69 hotdogs at an off-site event with independent judges. That year he didn’t take part in Nathan’s Contest since he was reluctant to sign the requisite contract.

At the 2012 Toojay’s Corned Beef Eating Competition in Palm Beach Gardens, a new record was set by Joey for eating 20 corned beef sandwiches within 10 minutes. He then again continued winning at the Nathan’s Contest.

He also showed up on “Hell’s Kitchen” that year and took part in a wing-eating contest against some of the participants. In 2013, at the Nathan’s Contest, he broke his own record after having 69 hotdogs and also marked his winning at the Hooters World Wing-Eating Championship and the Hillshire Farm Bratwurst Eating World Championship. All these have contributed majorly to Joey Chestnut’s net worth.

In 2018, he participated in “The Amazing Race 30” to compete against fellow competitive eater, Tim Janus.


Joey has once revealed that in order to be able to compete in contests, he trains by fasting and stretching his stomach with water, milk, as well as protein supplements. Particularly when it comes to training for hot dog contests, he starts with having 40 hot dogs at a time and then starts eating more slowly each day so that he can win the competition.

Other Accolades and Records

Joey trains throughout the year by consistently fasting and stretching his stomach with water, milk, and protein supplements. His weight varies between 210 and 225 lbs all around the year.

He has the records for having 141 hard-boiled eggs under 8 minutes, 70 bratwursts within 10 minutes, 78 Matzoh balls within 8 minutes, 69 hot dogs within ten minutes, 4.5 pounds steak in addition to sides within 9 minutes, 13.76 pounds pork ribs within twelve minutes and 12.8 pounds asparagus under ten minutes.

He set a record after having 70 hot dogs in July 2016 and the following year he had 72. In 2018, Joey set a new world record by eating 74. In 2019, he defended his twelfth title at Nathan’s contest after he ate 71 HDB.

Personal Life

In 2014, Joey proposed to Neslie Ricasa, his longtime girlfriend. Though in early 2015, the pair broke up prior to their planned wedding date. He currently resides in Westfield, Indiana.

Joey Chestnut earned his net worth over the years from his efforts. Stay tuned to our website to get all the latest updates.