While we know all about Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey — and if you don’t, just go ahead and read his memoir, Greenlights — it’s time to learn about his older brother, Rooster.
Let it be known that Matthew isn’t the only successful sibling in the McConaughey clan. While Matthew has starred in everything from Dazed and Confused to Magic Mike to Dallas Buyers Club, Mike “Rooster” McConaughey has also been raking in the millions, as well.
According to his A&E bio (because yes, Rooster is a reality star, too), the “wheeler-dealer built a business empire worth millions out of a field of rusted pipe.” And while working hard and making the big bucks, he also found time to carve out a personal life for himself, starting a family with his wife — and bestowing some pretty unusual names on his children.
Get to know more about Rooster below. We’re sure his life will surprise you!
Rooster McConaughey is a self-made millionaire who has his own reality TV show
Like his younger brother Matthew McConaughey, Rooster McConaughey grew up in the great state of Texas, working in the oil fields with his dad, according to his bio on A&E. Though the businessman didn’t end up graduating from college, he “made his first million at age 30 working in the oil pipe business,” the bio states. Pretty freaking impressive, we’d say.
Still, Rooster wasn’t so lucky, as he reportedly ended up losing it all — before he quickly began building up his wealth again.
Rooster is “the sole owner of DGM Supply, an oil pipe machine shop that specializes in buying and selling used pipe. He averages two to one profit on his pipe deals and his most recent multi-million dollar oil deal profited five to one in only two years,” as per his bio.
This led him to a 2018 reality TV deal with friend and partner Wayne “Butch” Gilliam. Aptly titled Rooster & Butch, the men are “eager to help other folks get a leg up the same way others helped them along the way,” the show’s summary states on IMDb. “These good old boys will only throw their money down after they’ve tested the true measure of an entrepreneur’s character.” Of course, they have plenty of personality, too.
Rooster McConaughey named both of his kids after beer
When a man loves his beer — he really loves his beer. Though the world has seen many celebrities give their children interesting names, Rooster McConaughey might take the cake, naming both of his kids after brands of brew.
In a January 2018 interview with Fox News, Rooster detailed how he came to name his children.
” … My wife gets pregnant and all my buddies are going, ‘Hey man … your life’s gonna change. You can’t go be riding ’round with that Miller Lite all the time,'” he recalled. “And I went, “You know if things work out, I’ll be able to take Miller Lite to church.'”
“And I sure as hell did!” he exclaimed. “[My son is named Miller Lyte. But it’s] L-y-t-e. And so, I got away with it.”
But that’s not all. Though Rooster’s wife insisted on naming their second child — a daughter — herself, she ultimately wanted her husband to give some input to her middle name.
“So I threw out Olympia,” Rooster told the outlet. “They jumped all over it. Little did they know that was the name of a beer. I named my little daughter after a dead beer. But now they’re making it again. And as I tell Miller Lite, if y’all don’t start sponsoring us, I’m gonna start drinking Olympia again.”
If the oil businessman has any more kids, we’re personally hoping for Stella Artois — which would actually make a pretty good name, TBH.
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