Ken Burns Net Worth 2020, Biography, Early Life, Education, Career and Achievement

Ken Burns Net Worth 2020, Biography, Early Life, Education, Career, and Achievement.

 Ken Burns Net Worth – Ken Burns is an American director and producer who has a net worth of $1.5 million. Ken Burns was born July 29, 1953, in Brooklyn, New York City, New York.

Ken Burns Net Worth 2020

Early Life, Family, and Education

Ken Burns was born to Robert Kyle Burns, who worked as a cultural anthropologist, and Lyla Smith Burns, who was a bio-technical worker; his brother is Ric Burns, who works also as a filmmaker of the documentary films.

His family moved frequently, so he spent his childhood in France, and Ann Arbor among other places, where his father worked as a professor.

Bright and talented he carried his love for making movies through his high school years when he received a movie camera for his 17th birthday.

Upon matriculation from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor in 1971, he enrolled at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts; some of his professors were photographers, Elaine Mayes, and Jerome Liebling. He graduated with a BA degree in Film Studies and Design in 1975.

Personal Life

Ken Burns has been married twice. He got married to Amy Steckler in 1982 and the couple is blessed with two daughters Sarah and Lily. After eleven years of their marriage relation, they were separated in 1993 due to their personal reason.

Again in 2003, he married for the second time to the founder of non-profit organization Room to Grow, Julie Deborah Brown.

The couple is blessed with two daughters Olivia and Willa Burns. As of 2017, Burns resides happily in Walpole with his second wife and four children.


After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975, he began a production company, Florentine Films (a documentary film company) with his classmate Elaine Mayes and Roger Sherman in Walpole in 1996.

Burns worked as a cinematographer for BBC, Italian television, and others. In 1977 he started working on a documentary about the construction of Brooklyn Bridge.

He adopted the script from David McCullough’s book The Great Bridge. The documentary was released in 1981 which received Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary.

Burns became popular with his 1990’s documentary The Civil War which was based on the American Civil war. The documentary was 11-hour long opus on the battle between the North and the South drew.

It was the first broadcast on PBS for five consecutive nights which received more than forty major film awards including two Grammy Awards and two Emmy Awards.

In 1994, he released another documentary Baseball, which is about the game of Baseball. This was Burn’s 9th documentary which won primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series.

Furthermore, Burns released many films which received positive responses from the viewers as well as critics.

Some of them are the Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God, Huey Long, The Congress, Thomas Hearts Benton, and many more. He was Oscar-nominated for his documentaries The Statue of Liberty.

According to 2017, Burns and his company Florentine Films have selected topics for documentaries slated for release by 2030. The topic is Mayo Clinic, Muhammad Ali, Ernest Hemingway, Winston Churchill, and others.


American filmmaker Ken Burns is living a lavish life. He has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million. Burns has received many awards besides this he was also accompanied by a cash prize.

He got $50k Lincoln Prize and received Washington University International Humanities Medal which was awarded biennially and accompanied by a cash prize of $25K.

According to the sources, the earning of a founder of the company is ranges from $100K-$250K. So, we can assume that his salary as a founder of the company is not less than $200K.

Awards and Nomination

Ken Burns was nominated for Academy Award for his Documentary Feature: Brooklyn Bridge and The Statue of Liberty.

He won Emmy Awards for the series The National Parks: America’s Best Idea and Baseball.

His other documentary The Civil War received more than forty major film and television awards including two Emmy Awards and two Grammy Awards.

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