Sarah Ferguson is a British writer and a television personality who is popularly known as the wife of Prince Andrew, Duke of York who made her the Duchess of York. Sarah has written many books including two books on Queen Victoria. In 2009, she produced the film The Young Victoria, starring Emily Blunt upon the early life of Queen Victoria and has also appeared in some radio and television shows. Let us have a brief look at the life and net worth of Sarah Ferguson in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Sarah Margaret Ferguson was born to Major Ronald Ferguson and Susan Barrantes on October 15, 1959, in London, England. Sarah’s parents divorced when she was 15 years old and her mother to Argentina in 1975 marrying polo player Hector Barrantes while her father married a woman named Susan Deptford in 1976. She attended the Daneshill School and the Hurst Lodge School and later completed a course at Queen’s Secretarial College. Sarah initially worked at an art gallery and later worked for two public relation firms and a publishing company.
Sarah Ferguson was known to Prince Andrew from childhood as the two have met occasionally at polo matches. Sarah even accompanied Princess Diana in her visit to Andrew’s ship HMS Brazen. Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson became officially engaged on March 19, 1986, and the engagement ring was designed by Andrew himself which had a Burmese ruby in the center surrounded by ten diamonds.
The couple got married on July 23, 1986, and was blessed with their first daughter Beatrice Elizabeth Mary on August 8, 1988. On March 23, 1990, Sarah gave birth to their second daughter Eugenie Victoria Helena. Things did not go well between the couple from 1991, and they announced a separation in March 1992. After four years of separation, they officially got divorced in May 1996.
Career, Awards & Nominations
From 1991-1995 Sarah served as the Chancellor of the University of Salford, and in 2016 she became a visiting Faculty at the University of Huddersfield. Sarah is a prolific writer who has written many books including books for children and books about Queen Victoria. In 2009, she produced the film The Young Victoria and has hosted many TV and radio shows including Larry King Live, and The View and has appeared on the shows such as The Celebrity Apprentice and The Duchess in Hull.
Net Worth & Earnings
She received a divorce settlement of 3 million GBP from her husband, and in 2010, it was reported that she demanded 500,000 GBP for posing as an Indian businesswoman for the News of the World. She owns a Chalet worth 13 million GBP in Swiss along with her husband and her net worth is $2.5 million.
Though she has entertained many controversies through her life, Sarah is a great philanthropist who has done a lot of charity work for the poor and has raised funds for many childcare foundations which is why she was appointed as the guest lecturer of Philanthropreneurship at the University of Huddersfield.