Here's How Much Paul Teutul Jr. From American Chopper Is Worth Now

The guys from American Chopper are charming and talented, especially when it comes to custom motorcycles. They're also reportedly loaded, and that includes Paul Teutul Jr. Although he voluntarily left the show after an argument with his father, Paul Teutul Sr., the younger Teutul still has a lot of dough in the bank. 

Junior co-founded Orange County Choppers with his dad in 1999 and managed to make a successful Discovery series out of it. He went on to found his own design shop, Paul Junior Designs, in 2010. 

At first, after leaving Orange County Choppers, Junior had to follow a one-year non-compete clause that forbade him from building bikes at his own shop, according to New York Post. In the meantime, he designed a dog park (via Times Herald-Record) and performed a "facelift" for Coleman's Road Trip Grill (via Fox News). 

After Junior's shop began making custom bikes, he was in direct competition with his father, which led to to a spinoff series called American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior.

Designing custom bikes is definitely a lucrative business. Junior has even worked on a bike for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo! But what's it all actually worth? Let's dive into how much money Paul Teutul Jr. reportedly has.

Paul Teutul Jr. has a lot of money in the bank

Between Paul Teutul Jr.'s motorcycle business and his popularity on reality TV, he's been able to enjoy plenty of financial success. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Junior is worth $2 million. That's nothing to sneeze at! 

Junior's family, on the other hand, hasn't been so lucky with money. In 2020, his dad Paul Teutul Sr. and brother Michael Teutul were sued for over $258,000 by photographer Scott Gunnells for allegedly using his art on Orange County Choppers merch on the show, per Page Six. The family lost the lawsuit, MSN reported. Orange County Choppers, Discovery Inc., and the Pilgrim Media Group were also included in the suit — but Paul Jr. wasn't.

That lawsuit is just the latest of Junior's family's financial woes. Paul Sr. was also sued for fraud in 2018 by a former business partner who claimed he sabotaged a TV project that lost them millions (via Page Six). He filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy that same year, and his home was put in foreclosure, per The Blast. Moreover, he reportedly owes upwards of $23,000 in state taxes for his restaurant Orange County Choppers Cafe. He even had to sell off several of his own vehicles to make ends meet, The Blast reported. 

Meanwhile, Junior has a Discovery spinoff, his own shop, and no financial drama of his own. 

Paul Teutul Jr. reveals his secret to financial success

Paul Teutul Jr. opened up about his road to financial success in his 2017 memoir, The Build: Designing My Life of Choppers, Family, and Faith. "I worked on weekends during the school year and all summer during breaks, causing me to miss out on much of the summer fun my friends enjoyed," he said of his teenage years. "I became accustomed to working hard at a young age. When I finished high school, the really long hours started."

He continued, "After graduating, I resisted the temptation to get a credit card (I did not get one until I was in my thirties.) If I did not have the money to buy something I wanted, I didn't buy it. Simple as that. I watched as friends started going into debt, and I could not understand running up tens of thousands of dollars in credit card debt and having next to nothing to show for it."

Paul also addressed the connection between money and the tumultuous relationship he has with his dad, explaining, "Money and success were not the reasons we couldn't get along." This didn't change during the height of American Chopper, as he noted, "Then, during the show's heyday, money was no longer an issue, but the same level of unhappiness existed between us. I honestly believe that started with my father because most of our fights resulted from my father pushing me until I exploded."

Paul Teutul Jr. reveals how fame has changed his life

Of course, there are positives and negatives to fame, especially where it concerns finances. "The good part about fame is you gain some financial freedom, become a role model, and have the ability to have a positive impact on people around the world," Paul Teutul Jr. explained in a November 2009 interview with Biker Swag.  However, as Paul candidly shared, "The downside is that you lose your privacy and anonymity."

Despite Paul's issues with privacy, it appears he enjoys the wealth fame has afforded him, as he regularly shares photos of his latest ventures on Instagram

Fame, money, and American Chopper aside, it sounds like Paul is most grateful for how his personal life has turned out. "I am already breaking the generational curse in my family," he wrote in The Build. "I went from being single into my thirties and enjoying the selfishness it brings, to getting married, and then to the birth of our first child."