Comedy, Entertainment, US

How rich is Bill Nye?

Name: William Sanford Nye

Born: November 27, 1955

Occupation: Comedian and media personality

Bill Nye, fair use
Bill Nye, fair use

Bill Nye was born in Washington, D.C. on November 27, 1955. He is the son of Edwin Darby Nye, a World War II veteran, and Jacqueline Jenkins, a WWII codebreaker. He has two siblings: Edward and Susan.

Bill attended Lafayette Elementary and Alice Deal Junior High. He would later be accepted to attended Sidwell Friends School, a private high school, and graduated in 1973. Upon graduation, he would attend Cornell University to study mechanical engineering and finished with a Bachelor’s of Science in 1977.

He was previously engaged to musician Blair Tindall in 2006. When the marriage license was declared to be invalid, Bill left the relationship after just five months of being engaged. He has since been in a constant dispute with Blair.

Bill started his career at Boeing Corporation and Sundstrand Data Control. During his time at Boeing, he invented a hydraulic resonance suppressor tube used on 747 airplanes. In his free time, he performed standup comedy – Bill eventually quit his day job and focused entirely on comedy.

After floundering around in the entertainment industry – he had a wide array of gigs, everything from hosting to voiceover work to freelancing – he developed the famous “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” It was picked up by KCTS-TV in Seattle, and would go on to become one of the most watched educational programs in the United States from 1993 to 1998. The television series would win 19 Emmy Awards, publish several books and produce a CD-ROM called “Bill Nye the Science Guy: Stop the Rock!”

Once the show was concluded, Bill would regularly appear in the media, and even attempted to launch another educational show for adults called “The Eyes of Nye.” It was unable to get off the ground. In 2013, Bill appeared on the hit dance competition series “Dancing with the Stars” with Tyne Stecklein. The duo was eliminated on the third episode of Season 17.

Bill has published two books: “Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation” and “Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World.”

He has been awarded with numerous honors over the years from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rutgers University, Williamette University, Lehigh University, American Humanist Association and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.

Outside of engineering and media, Bill is an avid swing dancer, loves baseball and promotes vegetarianism.

In April 2017, Netflix aired “Bill Nye Saves the World,” a series that has been heavily criticized.

We estimate that Bill Nye’s net worth is $6.5 million (2016).

So how much is $6.5 million really?

$6.5 million can produce an updated version of “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” $6.5 million can also buy season tickets for several years to Seattle Mariners and Washington Nationals baseball games.


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