- Bindi Irwin was just 8 years old when her father, Steve Irwin, passed away.
- Now 19, the young conservationist and Dancing With the Stars winner is worth around $3 million, according to some estimates.
- She has been dating boyfriend Chandler Powell, 21, for over two years and calls him "the one."
Not too long ago Bindi Irwin was the animal-loving toddler that appeared on The Crocodile Hunter Diaries with her dad Steve Irwin, the late conservationist. Now she's an animal-loving 19-year-old that's doing just about everything.
A mirrorball trophy on Dancing With the Stars? Check. Her very own Barbie? Check. Meeting with royalty? Check and check.
The only daughter of Steve and Terri Irwin, Bindi grew up with plenty of animals for playmates. Her grandfather, naturalist Robert Irwin, founded the Australia Zoo, which her mom also now owns. At just 8 years old, she hosted her first wildlife TV series, Bindi the Jungle Girl.
When her dad was killed in 2006 by a stingray barb, she decided to continue his life's work of promoting conservation via television. "I don’t want Daddy’s passion to ever end," at his funeral. "I want to help endangered wildlife just like he did."
Bindi's certainly lived up to her promise. She starred in the 2010 movie , and hosted the wildlife-themed Australian game showin 2012. She's also released several albums with her band, Bindi and the Jungle Girls.
In 2015, Bindi joined the cast of Dancing With the Stars for Season 21, receiving special permission from a California judge to . Paired with seasoned pro Derek Hough, the teen salsa-ed her way to a mirrorball trophy win.
“I never knew I would learn so much about rhinestones and glitter and high heels,” afterwards, before getting serious. “The most special part of this experience is to really be able to grow and touch on parts of my life that I never thought I would really go to and be able to share my journey and story with so many others.”
Bindi will appear on American TV again soon. Discovery Communications announced in October that the Terri, Bindi, and Robert Irwin are returning to Animal Planet with "new projects."
The family also recently appeared on Celebrity Family Feud playing against actress Chrissy Metz and her relatives.
All of those media appearances have paid off. Bindi's worth about $3 million now, according to , and she's not even 20.
Off-screen, the teen also puts in plenty of hours at the Australia Zoo and recently debuted her very own Barbie. Mattel selected the conservationist as the inspiration for one of 17 dolls based on inspiring women. The honor put her among the likes of Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim and filmmaker Patty Jenkins.
Bindi's social media accounts also feature tons of pics of her with boyfriend Chandler Powell, who she met while giving a tour at the zoo. After two-plus years of dating, the American recently moved to Australia. Bindi recently called him "the one" while visiting the show, but says they're not in a hurry to tie the knot.
“For us, we are happy just being together and enjoying the adventure,” she said. “If you are having fun and enjoying your lives, you don’t have to rush. We’re still young.”
Most recently, Bindi had a brush with British royalty when she met with Prince Charles during his visit to Australia.
“Our family feels extremely privileged to have had the opportunity to meet with His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales,” she wrote on afterwards. “We joined together to discuss important methods to protect the largest living structure on Earth, the Great Barrier Reef.”
Up next for the busy teen? A trip back stateside in honor of her dad. Steve Irwin is receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at the end of the month, and the entire Irwin clan is making the journey.
“We’re all going to be there," at a press conference. "We may have some surprise visitors as well.” Whether those are of the human or animal variety remains to be seen.