Mark Burnett is film producer from the United Kingdom who has won several awards in his career. He is the president of the MGM TV and Digital Group. He is also an author and has released two books. He is known for producing shows like ‘The Voice’, ‘Survivor’, ‘The Apprentice’, ‘Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?’, and ‘Shark Tank’. Keep reading to know more about the net worth of Mark Burnett in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
James Mark Burnett was born in 1960 in London, England. He is the only child of his parents, Jean and Archie Burnett. Both his parents were employed at the Ford Motors factory. He grew up in Essex. It is not known about his denomination when he was a child as his mother was a Presbyterian and father was a Catholic.
It is not known where Burnett went to receive his school education and also about his college. At the age of 17, he joined the British Army and achieved the rank of a Section Commander. He was in the 3rd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment from 1978 to 1982. At the time of Falklands War, he was in action.
In 1991, Mark Burnett got married to Diane Valentine. The couple has two sons named James and Cameron. They divorced in 2006 after getting separated in 2002. He then started to date Roma Downey. The couple got married in 2007. He is now an Evangelical Christian. He is also involved in many philanthropic works along with his wife Diane.
Career, Award & Nominations
Mark Burnett emigrated to the United States in 1982. He then started to work as a chauffeur for the Jaeger family. Later, he worked in the family’s insurance office. Following that, he started selling T-shirts. In 1991, he was a part of the competition, Raid Gauloises. After finding a business opportunity, he decided to bring a similar competition in the United States and named it ‘Eco-Challenge’. In 1999, he won the Sports Emmy Award for ‘Eco-Challenge: Morocco’.
In 2000, he started the hist show, ‘Survivor’. It went on to become a #1 reality show in 2009. This also made him win several awards like the Publicists Guild of America Award, GLAAD Award, Family TV Award, Primetime Emmy Awards, and People’s Choice Awards. In 2004, he produced another hugely popular reality TV series called ‘The Apprentice’. It also made him win many awards and also there were many licenses given to the show in many countries.
Burnett has produced many other shows like ‘On the Lot’, ‘The Contender Asia’, ‘My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad’, ‘Toughest Cowboy’, ‘The Bible’, ‘The Voice’, ‘Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?’, Stars Earn Stripes’, and many others. In 2015, he became MGM TV and Digital Group’s president. With the company, he has produced many other programs like ‘Teen Wolf’, ‘500 Questions’, ‘Beyond the Tank’, and ‘Lucha Underground’.
Net Worth & Earnings
How much will be the wealth of a person who has produced a number of hit television shows? He is indeed a man who is credited for giving many popular shows around the world. With this, he has been successful enough to make a net worth of over $500 million. He has also written many books which have contributed in amassing his fortune. Additionally, he is the President of MGM Television and Digital Group.
Mark Burnett is indeed an influential person and has appeared in the list of “Most Influential People of the World” by Time in 2004. For his philanthropic efforts, he was named as the “Philanthropist of the Year”. This award-winning producer has given the world many popular shows.