Michael Moore Net Worth 2020, Biography, Education and Career.
Michael Moore is an American documentary filmmaker, author, producer, actor and political activist. His debut film ‘Roger & Me’ became the highest-grossing American documentary at the time of its release. He is best known for a series of documentaries that are mostly controversial.
Michael Moore was born on April 23, 1954 in Flint, a suburb of Michigan, an economically depressed city. His father was a worker at the General Motors assembly line.
Moore grew up in a devout Catholic family and attended Catholic primary and middle school. He was a member of Boy Scouts and enjoyed outdoor sports such as hunting. He later became a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA).
Following his graduation from Davison High School, Moore began writing on what he viewed as the injustices of American capitalism. In 1976, he dropped out from the University of Michigan and started working for the radical weekly newspaper, The Flint Voice, which he edited for 10 years.
He was later hired to edit the San Francisco based magazine, Mother Jones, but was fired after a few months. In 1972, he became the youngest elected official in the country and nine months later, he took the office of the Davison School Board.
Moore came into conflict with other members of the school board as he was in support of student’s rights and the teacher’s union. He was even subjected to the aggression of the school committee, for he reported the illegal acts of the administrators to a local prosecutor.
Moore was now constantly battling with other members of the school board over issues like student’s rights, school rules and administration’s secret meetings.
A petition to remove Moore from the board was circulated, for he tried to get an elementary school named after the civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, in a district that was majorly populated by the whites. Moore successfully overturned the petition, even though it was signed by most of the board members.
- He began as a writer for the weekly newspaper, The Flint Voice, and soon became its editor. He was also given credit for expanding the coverage and popularity of the newspaper, The Michigan Voice.
- He took up sensitive subjects that no other newspaper even thought of publishing at that time and that caught the attention of the publisher of the magazine, Mother Jones, who offered him a job as the managing editor.
- Moore’s next move was to make a documentary film and he came up with ‘Roger & Me’ in 1989. He followed up with a sequel to this film in 1992 and titled it as ‘Pets or Meat: The Return to Flint’. His next project was a narrative film titled ‘Canadian Bacon’, which released in 1994.
- The same year, he hosted his political comedy show, ‘TV Nation’ that featured weekly voting polls. Moore even chronicled his experiences with the show in a book titled ‘Adventures in TV Nation’, which he authored along with his wife.
- He also published the novel, ‘Downsize This! Random Threats from an Unarmed American’, which was the best seller in 1994. After a break, he made the film ‘The Big One’ and released it in 1997. The film failed to achieve commercial success.
In 2011, his autobiography, ‘Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life’ was released and was subjected to similar reactions that his previous works got.
As of 2020, Michael Moore’s net worth is around $55 million. His revenue stems from his successful commercial documentaries.
Michael Moore, through his immensely educative documentaries, serves to educate the masses about the truth of the existing times. He has always tried to show things the way they are and shows the people what mainstream media refuses to show.