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David Attenborough is worth a reported $35 million dollars, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
The nonagenarian has captivated the nation with his nature documentaries that are passively narrated by his soft and grandfatherly voice. And for that he has been proclaimed a national treasure.
Born in Isleworth, he grew up on the campus of University College, Leicester where his father was a principal. He has two brothers: the late Richard Attenborough who worked in similar fields to him as a producer, actor and director, and John Attenborough, the late motor executive.
After graduating with a Natural Sciences degree from Clare College, Cambridge he enrolled in the Royal Navy and began two years of National Service.
Attenborough joined the BBC in 1952 and in 1954 released his debut Zoo Quest series. The series followed Attenborough and his team from a London zoo jetting off to various tropical countries to find suitable animals to recruit for the zoo.
From here he was promoted to controller of BBC2 where he oversaw and introduced Monty Python’s Flying Circus in 1969. But Attenborough soon realised that sitting behind a desk was not for him. Instead he dived back into producing nature documentaries and hasn’t looked back since.
He can be credited for well-received documentaries such as The Life of Birds (1998), State of the Planet (2000) and The Life of Mammals. And most recently, he has signed lucrative deals with Netflix, AppleTV and Amazon Prime.
Whilst Attenborough is a passionate climate change activist, he has been careful not to side with Extinction Rebellion. Previously he has stated that the group could “disenchant” people through disturbing and obstructing their livelihoods.
At present he resides in leafy Richmond in London. His next project is unknown. But retirement is unlikely; in the past he has stated that he will only retire when work becomes substandard or his physical health deteriorates. His stoicism and strong work ethic has served him well — and so far, so good.