Matt Moneymaker was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. As a young boy he grew interested in the documentaries depicting bigfoots and other strange phenomena that were common in the 1970's. While at UCLA in the 1980's Matt began corresponding with other bigfoot researchers in the United States and Canada. In 1995, he started the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization. WSOP Main Event champion Chirs Moneymaker is Matt's second cousin.