44 years old, got into the hobby as a result of a gift for my son when he earned his Black Belt in September, 2010.
Since then, my wife has gotten the bug so we have 3 Rusty's and I also have a mini-Losi that I won in a raffle at a car show, and my wife bought herself an e-10 for goofing off.
I also recruited my best friend into it, he bought an e-Revo. I hear if I recruit one more person I will get a free toaster. (The older members here will get the joke)

As for money - I have no clue, but I know it's a lot. Worth every penny though.