There aren’t a lot of people in the entertainment industries that can make a better claim of being a true legend than Betty White. After all, she has been an actress, a comedian, and other roles for eight decades and counting, so it should come as no surprise to learn that she has eight Emmy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, plus a host of other awards and accomplishments. As such, it is no wonder that White’s current net worth is estimated to be something around $75 million.
White was born in 1922 in Oak Park, which is a village that can be found next to Chicago’s West Side. Later, her family moved to the state of California during the Great Depression. Unsurprisingly, White’s family was affected in a negative way by the long-lasting economic turmoil, as shown by the fact that her father started building radios for the purpose of selling them to make some money as well as exchanging them with other people short on money for various products and services.
How Did Betty White Reach Her Current Net Worth?
When she was still a student, White became interested in wildlife when the White family paid a visit to the High Sierras, so much so that she decided that she wanted to become a forest ranger. Unfortunately, that plan fell through because women weren’t permitted to become forest rangers in those times, which is why she decided to pursue a side interest in writing instead. By doing so, White winded up writing the graduation play for her school before playing the lead role, thus discovering that she was interested in becoming a performer as well.
White’s career got started within a short time of her graduation from high school. However, it wasn’t too long before her career was interrupted by the breakout of the Second World War, which saw her joining up with the American Women’s Voluntary Services. There, White participated in the transportation of military supplies throughout the state of California, which was in addition to other duties. After the war, White struggled to find roles on the movie screen because of statements that she was “unphotogenic,” which convinced her to start looking for work in radio instead. In time, White managed to get her own radio show, which would lead into her own TV show. Something that was followed up by more and more projects that have continued to the present day.
Given her age, it is no exaggeration to say that White was a real pioneer in her chosen career. For example, she was one of the very first women to get control both before and behind the camera. Likewise, she is recognized as the first woman to ever produce a sitcom in the form of Life with Elizabeth, which was what earned her the honorary title of Mayor of Hollywood in 1955. On top of this, it is interesting to note that White has never been limited to a single kind of project but has instead been willing to get involved with a much wider range of projects than what most performers will ever work with, which might have contributed to her ability to keep her career going strong in spite of her advanced age.
Naturally, White’s career successes have been matched by financial successes. Not all of her roles have been successes for the simple reason that no one can hope to ensure that kind of consistency for dozens and dozens of projects. However, enough of them have been for her to have brought up in sizable sums of money on numerous occasions, which explains her current net worth.
It seems safe to say that Betty White’s current net worth will continue to change because her career is very much ongoing. For proof, consider the fact that she played Ms. Bernice Wilson for a couple of episodes of Young & Hungry in 2017, which is in addition to the fact that she has some kind of role in the upcoming Toy Story 4. Some people might be surprised by that news, but if so, they shouldn’t be because White has done a lot of voice work for a lot of animated movies and TV shows over the course of her career, which is one more piece of proof for her remarkable versatility.