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Ken Burns Net Worth: Career and Personal Life

Ken Burns Net Worth
Ken Burns

What is the Net Worth of Ken Burns? One may begin to wonder about this as they learn about the documentary filmmaker. Ken Burns is primarily known for his usage of archival photographs and footage. What he does is; he pans his camera over a picture and zooms in and out accordingly to bring the appropriate effect. And the credit to kickstart Ken Burns’s career goes to his dad, who bought him an 8mm film movie camera for his 17th birthday. From thereon, Ken Burns began his career by filming his first documentary film about an Ann Arbor factory.

Ken Burns has made several documentary movies such as Baseball, The War, Jazz, Prohibition, and The Central Park Five through the years. Among these was Ken Burns’ biggest work till now, The Civil War. This documentary had a runtime of over 12 hours. While Ken Burns himself was worried about its runtime, the documentary was a success as it received 40 major film and television awards. Learning this, one can only wonder how illustrious Ken Burns’s career was. So, today in this article, we will be looking into Ken Burns, Net Worth, Career, and Personal Life.

Ken Burns Net Worth

Ken Burns is estimated to have a net worth of $2 million. He is a well-known documentary-style film producer and director. And for this, he is best known for his distinctive style. As mentioned above, Burns is known for the usage of аrсhіvаl рhоtоgrарhѕ аnd fооtаgе. This helps him have a unique identity for himself. And through this, he has had an illustrious career of 40 years in film production and direction. Earlier in his career, Ken Burns was working as a cinematographer for BBC. But soon enough, he started creating documentary films for PBS. And during his career in PBS, Ken Burns managed to create more than 30 documentary films.

Ken Burns Net Worth

Ken Burns at the Emmy’s.

Ken Burns managed to win multiple awards throughout his career, including Emmy Awards in 1995 and 2010 and the Peabody Award in 2014. Along with this, Ken has also been honoured with the Lіfеtіmе Асhіеvеmеnt Аwаrd bу thе Асаdеmу оf Теlеvіѕіоn Аrtѕ аnd Ѕсіеnсеѕ, Wаѕhіngtоn Unіvеrѕіtу Іntеrnаtіоnаl Нumаnіtіеѕ Меdаl, and Јоhn Ѕtеіnbесk Аwаrd. In his career, Ken Burns was also nominated for Academy Awards. This was for his first Documentary Feature Film Brooklyn Bridge and Тhе Ѕtаtuе оf Lіbеrty.

Ken Burns used to be friends with the Late-Founder of Apple, Steve Jobs. And Steve believed that Ken Burns was getting paid way less than he ever deserved. Steve even had his lawyer speak to Ken’s lawyer to advise them. Nevertheless, Ken Burns resorted to staying with PBS because they gave him as much time as he wanted for the production of a documentary. Ken Burns would take his sweet time in formulating his documentaries, and in PBS, he was able to do it without much interruption.

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Ken Burns: Personal Life

Ken Burns was born in Brooklyn in 1953. He even had a brother named Ric Burns, but this was not enough to make his life happy. At an early age, Ken Burns witnessed his mom suffering from Cancer. Two years later, his mom passed away after they couldn’t adequately pay for her bills due to an inadequate insurance policy. One would think that this was enough pain a child could possibly go through. But the worst part about Ken’s mother’s death was that he did not receive her ashes after her funeral. Apparently, the funeral home had gone out of business, causing them never to get the ashes. A few years ago, Ken and Ric Burns were finally able to track down their mom’s ashes.

Ken Burns Net Worth

Ken Burns and Julie Deborah Brown.

As for his married life, Ken Burns was earlier married to Amy Stechler. Both of them together created two documentaries. They even had two daughters. But only a few years later, Amy left her daughters with Ken to go her separate ways. Since then, Ken would himself take care of his little daughters. Years later, Ken Burns again found love as he got married to Julie Deborah Brown. With her, he had two more daughters. Even this marriage did not last long, as Ken Burns was left with four daughters. After this, Ken is said to have a troubled relationship and appears to be currently single.

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