Born in Kingsford on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Marty has spent nearly all his life living in Michigan. His background is in engineering and the energy business, but with family ties to one of Italy’s premier winegrowing areas, a passion for wine is in his blood.
Marty Lagina’s vision for Mari Vineyards is simple: world-class red wines, made locally in northern Michigan but with a nod to the Italian style of his ancestors. When he’s not off hunting treasure on Oak Island or some other ill-advised misadventure, Marty’s vision and leadership guide the most important decisions at Mari Vineyards.
From what grapes to plant to the architecture of our tasting room and winery, Marty has made sure Mari Vineyards stays true to his dream.
Marty Lagina’s Net Worth
Before the TV show The Curse of Oak Island began, Marty was estimated to have a net worth of around $40-$60 million (£32-47 million). However, the success of the show has led to most estimates growing to as much as $100 million (£79 million).
In 2006, Rick and Marty purchased a 50% stake of Oak Island Tours Inc., the company that owns the island, with Oak Island resident Dan Blankenship retaining the other 50%. That was when their treasure hunting days began. Before that, the brothers had two very different careers.
Marty Lagina is an engineer
He went on to found his own company, Terra Energy Ltd, which became a pioneer in natural gas extraction. As a result, the company became one of the biggest shale gas operators in Michigan State. In 1995, Marty sold the company to CMS Energy for around $60 million.
With the proceeds he purchased shares of Chartwell Properties L.L.C, making him the main shareholder. He also used some of the money to start a new company in 2004 called Heritage Sustainable, a clean energy provider. The company has grown to become one of the largest providers of renewable energy in the State of Michigan and one of the largest wind turbine companies in the Midwest.
Also in the early 2000s, he set up another company in Michigan, this time focussed on wine production. What began as a 3-acre winery called Row 7, has now expanded to become Villa Mari Vineyards, with over 60-acres of vineyards.
The Curse of Oak Island
The show is about, The Lagina brothers, Rick and Marty, who attempt to uncover the mysteries of Oak Island, Nova Scotia. Local experts help them explore the history, mythology, and geography of the island.
The TV show became an instant hit on the History Channel, and the best part is that Rick was fulfilling his childhood dream by participating and producing it. The show became successful because the brothers were very dedicated, recruiting professional experts to help them in their exploration of the island.
Throughout the series, the brothers tell the tale of the island, the mysteries surrounding the treasure, and of course mark possible places where the treasure could be hidden. The Lagina brothers have already completed five full seasons of the show, and as of late 2018, fans are awaiting the announcement of a sixth one.
Is the ‘The Curse of the Oak Island’ true?
There are numerous theories on what the actual curse on the island is, and if there is such a thing at all. However, during the filming of the show, there was an incident that might lead the public to believe the curse is actually true.
One of the famous locations on the island is the Money Pit, which was one of the places where the treasure could be. While filming one of the episodes of the show, Rick was mysteriously poisoned by a strange gas inside the Money Pit, and four crew members died while rescuing him from the scene.
Thus, there is a reason to believe that “The Curse of Oak Island” is true.