Phil Alexander Robertson was born on April 24, 1946 in Vivian, Louisiana. He grew up in poverty, without electricity or indoor plumbing. As a child, Robertson and his siblings learned to be self-sufficient, living off the land and hunting daily for food. Robertson married Marsha “Kay” Carroway in 1966. After receiving a scholarship and attending Louisiana Tech University, where he was a star on the football team, Phil turned down an opportunity to play for the Washington Redskins because he felt it would interfere with his passion for duck hunting. He received his master’s degree in education, and he taught for several years. Phil and Kay have four sons: Alan, Jase, Willie, and Jep.
In 1972, Robertson developed the Duck Commander Duck Call. This duck call represented a vast improvement over existing calls of the day. Phil’s company, Duck Commander, grew into a hunting accessory empire and is now run by Willie Robertson, Phil’s third son. The Robertson family stars in the A&E reality TV show Duck Dynasty with Phil as its patriarch. Duck Dynasty has experienced phenomenal popularity, regularly bringing in over eight million viewers per episode. Phil’s memoir, titled “Happy, Happy, Happy,” reached #1 on the best seller’s list, with sales of nearly one million copies. Phil and his family are committed Christians with a strong belief in the authority of the Bible as God’s word.
In 2012, Duck Commander sold 600,000 duck calls, representing a tenfold increase from regular annual sales of 60,000 per year before the Robertsons’ television days. Phil Robertson’s estimated net worth is $15 million today.