Shane Smith is a great inspiration to many people. Continuing to do what you do, and doing it best pays of big-time. That is not dependent on where you are born or the status of your family, rather, what efforts you put to go against the odds and become successful. Many famous people we read about today have a rich history of sacrifice and working themselves beyond their limit. This story demonstrates that. But Wait, what is the net worth of Shane Smith in 2020? We will find out soon.
Early Life & Biography
Born in 1969, in Ottawa, Ontario, Shane Smith is a Canadian notable media executive and an Emmy Award-winning journalist. He briefly attended Lisgar Collegiate Institute and then to Carleton University where he graduated with English literature and political science degree. Earlier on, he had gone to university in Ottawa where he played in local punk bands. He also did travel Eastern Europe before moving to Montreal.
Mr. Smith at the moment lives with his wife Tamyka together with his two daughters Martina and Piper in Santa Monica, California in a renovated mansion.
Career, Awards & Nominations
He, together with co-founders Gavin Mclnnes and Suroosh Alvi bought Voice of Montreal, a youth magazine based in Montreal in 1994 then rebranded it to Vice. Originally, this magazine was funded by the Canadian government as part of a welfare program. They bought it and moved to New York, where again they acquired it in 2001 and later moving to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The magazine focused on creating new and social critics stories on some media platforms in 2006. At the moment, Mr. Smith owns the company.
In 2006, Mr. Smith was advised by the company’s creative director Mr. Spike Jonte to have it start venturing and expanding into digital video. This saw Vice Media’s substantial expansion into new channels such as partnering for The Creators Project with Intel in 2010, and also partnering with HBO, Viacom as well as YouTube.
Vice started ‘VICE’, a new series with HBO and its correspondents to cover news stories from across the world. This show’s second season won an Emmy Award, which saw it being chosen by HBO in May 2014 for two more 14- episode seasons. The show aired in both 2015 and 16, garnering much more success as for the two partners, VICE and HBO settled on expanding their deal. This would include a daily news show on HBO Now, that premiered in 2016. Vice would start the 5th season of its weekly broadcast on this television by their expanded deal on 2017, February the 24th.
Journalism has taken Mr. Smith places and traveled to locations such as Iran, Afghanistan, North Korea, Kashmir, Greenland and also Liberia. With his 2006 online TV series dabbed Guide to Travel, Shane Smith continued being a VICE correspondent, and only appearing in online content and also as the HBO’s Vice Special Reports. The show got nominated for an Emmy Award.
In 2015 he accompanied the then U.S President Barrack Obama to federal prison, El Reno Prison where he interviewed him along with other 5 non-violent drug offenders. Following the 2015 terrorist shooting attack, at their show in Paris that saw 89 people killed, Mr. Smith conducted the first public interview with the Eagles of Death Metal.
Net Worth & Earnings
Currently, FORBES estimates that the 47 years old Shane Smith owns around 20% of VICE media. On adding a 10% private company discount to VICE, together with his $33 million in real estates, his current net worth is estimated to be $1.5 billion.
Hard work pays, but working smarter and investing wisely pays more. As you can see, Shane Smith works both hard, smart and invests wisely. He smartly approaches the right people and doing what he does best to place VICE on the topmost level. Most of all he does not know quite what he started despite being the boss. He continues working underground as this brings him more pleasure.