Mike began picking at the age of six, pulling an old bicycle out of his neighbor's trash. He cleaned it up and sold it to another kid for $5 - his first profitable flip.
Mike owns and operates two locations of Antique Archaeology, in Le Claire, Iowa, and Nashville, Tennessee, where he sells treasures from the road and official "American Picker" merchandise.
MIke's first TV show concept, "American Pickers," debuted on The History Channel on January 18, 2010, drawing 3.1 million viewers. It was TV's highest rated new non-fiction program among adults 25-54 of that year. In its fourth season, it averaged 4.7 million viewers a week.
Mike tried to sell the idea for a reality show about pickers for five years before The History Channel gave him the green light.
Mike launched a kids' initiative in 2012 called Kid Pickers.
In his early 20s, Mike was a competitive bicycle racer (from '89 until '98, he was Cat 4 and Cat 3). He also owned two different bike stores in Iowa during the 1990s: The Village Bike Shop in East Davenport and a store in Eldridge, Iowa, that he financed from the money he made by selling a 1934 Harley Davidson motorcycle to a collector in Bangkok, Thailand.
Mike and "American Pickers" co-star Frank Fritz met in junior high school.
After the $8.7 million effort to restore the historic Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tennessee, was completed a few years ago, Mike was recruited to provide vintage 1940s fixtures for the green room.
Mike's home in Le Claire, Iowa, is in a former grocery and boardinghouse built in 1860 that looks over the Mississippi River that he purchased for $175,000 in 2004. The ground floor holds two home decor stores and includes a two-car garage and courtyard.
Mike married Jodi Faeth on September 8, 2012, in an "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?"- themed ceremony in Leiper's Fork, Tennessee.
Mike and wife Jodi Faeth welcomed daughter Charlie Faeth Wolfe on January 30, 2012.
Mike's motorcycle collection includes a 1948 Indian, and a 1913 twin with pedal cranks, made the first year the Indian had a rear suspension.
His first motorcycle was a Kawasaki 100. He upgraded to a Honda Elsinore 250. A Can-Am 250 came next.
Mike is the oldest of three children; he has a brother Robbie, and a sister, Beth. Robbie often appears on "American Pickers" with his children.