The Ultimate List of Blogger Net Worth

My favorite part about the personal finance community is how *open* everyone is with their money. They’re not ashamed to list out any and all debts they have, and of course they’re not too afraid to post up their savings either ;)

But the part that inspires me the most is when bloggers share their net worths. Call me a voyeur, but there’s something so captivating about watching people’s money grow (and decline) as the months tick by. It’s just as inspiring to watch them go UP, as it is when they go down – if only to show these bloggers are just as human as the rest of us.

So I thought I’d start tracking these updates to help inspire you guys as well. I’ll be updating this list every month, and I encourage you to follow along the ranges that most relate to your own personal situations. This will help give you an overall sense of what others are doing to reach their goals too, which, let’s face it, is to make as much money as possible :) I like to skip ahead to some of the big boys on the list as well to see how they got to where they are.

Here we go!

The Net Worths of Personal Finance Bloggers

In order of highest to lowest:

[Last updated: 11/21/14. Want to be included in this list? Shoot me a note, along with the link to your latest update, and I'll add you in!]

* Canadian Dollars (CAD)
** Mine!
*** British Pounds (£)
**** Australian Dollars (AUD)
***** Euros (€)
****** Swiss Francs (CHF)

Things to keep in perspective:

  • Everyone has different ages above
  • Some are calculating their family’s net worth vs. their own
  • Some are more anonymous than others, so they may leave out things
  • Some include their houses, cars, even personal effects, while others ignore them all – even retirement accounts
  • People live all over the place (and their cost of living is thus also all over the place)
  • Everyone is in different stages of their lives

FYI: For those not familiar with calculating your net worth, the basic equation is the total of your assets (savings, investments property, etc) minus the total of your Liabilities (debts, loans, etc). The number left standing is your net worth. There are a handful of gray areas you’ll see people discussing ’til the cows come home, but ultimately it’s YOUR number so you track it however you wish. It’s meant to give you an overall picture of how your finances are doing to keep you motivated and on track. If you’re not tracking it yet, do start! (You don’t have to tell anyone about it, unlike this post here ;))

Resources to help you track your net worth:

  • CNN Net Worth Calculator — A calculator that, umm… tells you your net worth. Which you can then compare to the average household median of $100,894 $68,828.
  • PersonalCapital.com (free) — Recommended, and LOVED, by tons of people. Shows snapshot of all your stuff/accounts in one place – with a focus on investments.
  • Mint.com (free) — Attach your accounts and it’ll spit you out your worth, not to mention help keep track of all your income/expenses easily.
  • My financial “snapshot” spreadsheet (free) — This is what I personally use for both my net worth and my budget. I like to manually keep track to better hold me accountable.
  • A pen and paper (almost free) — If you don’t like online stuff, go old school!
  • NetWorthShare.com –  A new (free) way to track your net worth via graphs by a guy who got tired of using NetWorthIQ.com when they stop maintaining it (and as it got overrun with spam). You’ll see some other finance bloggers using it already as well.
  • CelebrityNetWorth.com — If you want to compare your net worth to celebrities ;)

Want *your* net worth included here?

If you’re a blogger and want your net worth included here, shoot me a note and I’ll add you up :) I usually like to include everyone in this type of stuff (bloggers AND non-bloggers), but the point is to learn what, and how, others are doing with tracking their worth, so we need to be able to link to the page it’s listed on with details. If you’re a non-blogger but have a post written up and updated somewhere, do let us know and will happily include you!

**Also, check out this master list of the TOP financial bloggers in general, powered by my boy Jeremy at ModestMoney.com. If you’re not already included in it, make sure to sign up!**

My goal is to eventually have all their net worths listed here too – at least those who share it ;)

Hope you guys find this helpful!

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UPDATE: If you’re thinking of listing your own net worth on your site, please think about all the pros and cons before doing so first. I love a net worth more than anyone, but it can be different blogging anonymously than not. It may not be smart for everyone.

 

[Photo/Doodles by J. Money. Feel free to steal and use, but please credit]

143 Comments

    • No problem brotha, you just do your thing. You can always track %’s instead of hard numbers too, if you really wanted to put it all out there without putting it ALL out there, if you know what I’m saying.

  1. An interesting range of numbers. And I agree that we all do it a bit differently. My tracking was always with an eye toward independence. The day the net worth was enough so 4% covered current spending was the target.
    The key thing is that the house doesn’t count in that net worth, but the mortgage still does. If $40K is enough to retire, you need $1M in investments and can’t count the house, unless of course you plan to cash it all out and rent. The 1% er for instance, has an enviable balance sheet, but my math would show his real net worth at $630K. And of course, the kid’s college fund doesn’t appear in my numbers. No I’m not sharing. ;)

    • Haha… You’re one of THOSE types of people, eh? :)

      I love it though. We all have our own reasons to track our worth, and what it entails. It’s fun hearing other people’s point of views – thanks for stopping in my man.

  2. I love this! I shared mine on Consumerism Commentary but haven’t done any updates on my own blog. In fact, there’s a whole series over there called “Naked with Cash” where they follow six people and update their net worths over the course of a year.

  3. Thanks for sharing J!

    Very, very interesting to check out. I’m proud to be in the top four of the list. We might get the most improved award! When we started out blogging, nearly eight years ago, our net worth was at $303k. That means we’ve more than tripled our net worth in the last 7.5 years of marriage, while also both paying for masters degrees in the process. Even the optimist in me would have had a hard time predicting that we would have seen such a rise. Note that we also saw decline during this time, so you have to learn to manage the ups and downs of net worth goals.

    Thanks to all the bloggers out there willing to share the nitty gritty! I definitely remember getting criticized early on for being so open about our finances.

    Miel (from DINKs Finance)

    • Glad you like it, Miel! You bring up a lot of great points too. It’s all a learning experience, and once you figure out “the game” it’s (semi) smooth sailing from that point forward.

      Congrats on all of yours, and James’, success! $2 Mil is next, right? ;)

  4. Thanks for sharing! I’m number 1! However, I haven’t updated my net worth in a month and January was rough. It has gone down a bit, but still should claim the top spot. I’ll update it soon.

  5. As much as I’d love to share my net worth with my fellow bloggers, I come from a very tight knit, traditional, and opinionated cultural community. My writing and willingness to speak freely about taboo topics already causes a stir, I don’t think I’m ready to put the numbers out there.

  6. Good list of Net Worths. I struggle with releasing it because many family and co-workers read my blog, maybe I should do an annonymous website just about my figures. Do you have any good themes I can use? HA HA

    • Yeah, it can get weird with family/friends read this stuff unfortunately. I wish it weren’t the case, but you gotta play your best w/ the rules given, eh?

      (And agreed w/ the bloggers who’ve sold – but you won’t find any of them publicly anymore ;))

    • I can’t speak for the others, but I personally keep our cars in there since I use our net worth as a current “snapshot” of what everything’s worth on any given day. So, if for some (crazy) reason I wanted to liquidate everything tomorrow, that gives me a good look at what to expect. I use low values on KBB since I’d sell them ourselves and get close to those numbers. Same with other stuff, although obviously there would be tax/penalty implications on the retirement accounts, and fees for realtor, etc, etc… But I’m not hardcore enough to track all that ;) Nor would I want to, haha.. It’s just an overall nice general picture of our main assets and accounts which I like… I know some who don’t even include their house!

      • Right, I can see that.

        I personally try to keep net worth more on the liquid/investments side.
        But, calculating in other things give a more accurate picture of the entire situation.

        I suppose different calculations are useful in different situations.

        -Derek

    • Personally, I keep those details out of equation since I focus on investable assets (house is the only exception). My car is worth somewhere around $400 and that number might drastically change if I fill it up with gas. My wife has some nice diamonds, and I have some gold coins kicking around – but unless I sell all of it, the value of these items is irrelevant to me (and she will kill me if I propose selling her jewelery).

      I guess it’s a personal choice. I’ve seen people include their life insurance policy amount in net worth – that’s just ridiculous to be honest.

    • Once ours dropped below 2% or so of our net worth we dropped them off-it was basically a rounding error at that point. Otherwise we try to follow “GAAP-ish” accounting principals; the cars are an asset that is bought so we can make more money (travel to jobs that require a commute) and are depreciated over time.

    • Seems like someone needs to read the Millionaire Next Door again ;)

      No plans to separate out the worths – gonna keep this nice and simple. Those interested can click through and keep it in perspective while they’re reading through the details.

  7. What a great idea. This can be a super helpful resources for readers trying to find bloggers of similar financial backgrounds. Thanks for including me in the list :D Hey look, I’m right dab in the middle (^__-)

    • I got them all from published articles on each of the bloggers’ sites (meaning they made it public themselves), or I got an email on the side requesting to be included :)

      On a side note, if anyone listed here wishes to be taken down at any point, happy to do so. Just give me a shout.

  8. I’ve always been a little curious about what PF list would look like. It would be neat to see everybody’s yearly income and expenses as well….of course we probably calculate those differently too.

    • Agreed! Lots of variables that need to be kept in mind, for sure. Like average expenses too, since we all know salaries don’t necessarily equate to higher net worths :)

  9. I haven’t put my NW out there to the dollar (heck, it changes every day so I’m not sure I want it to become the focus of my blog), but the investable assets (which will throw off my retirement income) are comfortably above a million. I do not add in things like the house, cars, etc. The point of my blog is to examine early retirement, and express my surprise over how hard it actually is to go from FI to RE, even if it was your initial goal… I also really enjoy PF and blogging :)

  10. You should list the age(s) next to each person, I’d love to see that data point (if people are willing).

    I won’t be submitting mine until I convince my wife to make ours public ;-)

    • That WOULD be cool! And yes, please do check w/ the wife :) Publicly displaying it isn’t for everyone (my wife isn’t the biggest fast), and especially so if you’re not anonymous. But of course we here would LOVE to see if it you do end up pulling the trigger! So don’t be a stranger ;)

  11. I think I have a whole different paradigm on the whole issue. I have never been the least bit shy to share my financial information with the world. When I bought my house last year, I had no qualms telling people how much it cost or how much my mortgage is. In fact, I was proud that I didn’t buy a super-expensive place and I was really proud of the rate and structure of my mortgage.

    Actually, the issues I have with sharing are more about how they are perceived. I don’t want to be perceived as uppity or bragging. My hope is that my journey inspires others who (like you said in your intro on this post) fall into the same general financial situation that I do. To see that you started sharing yours right about where I am now, and to see how far you’ve come in just 6 years is incredibly inspiring to me.

    When I look at these other net worth numbers, I’m not comparing myself to them, but their data helps me in my attempts to figure out realistic goals for myself. I think it’s a great thing and I think more people should share. I am nowhere near the top of this list, but I feel no inferiority about it – I am motivated by it!

    • Preach on, brotha! A great mindset to be in. And I have no doubt you’ll surpass where I’m at in 6 years after looking at your numbers :) Keep hustlin!

  12. I like the idea of tracking portfolio value but it is quite a variable since folks assets in different ways: some include house which can potentially skew the value of portfolio value by even by 50% or more. But, it does give bragging rights :) . Keep up the good work!

  13. J $, thanks again for putting me on the list of richest personal finance bloggers in the world! At #3, I’m feeling like a member of some exclusive club. But I know there’s some stiff competition nipping at my heels! Bring it on, fellow wealth builders!

  14. Thanks for adding me to the list J$! Going forward we plan on growing our worth while having lots of fun and adventure. May all of you reach your financial and life goals.

    Ed

  15. Great list. always fun to see how other spend, save, invest and live on budgets. I wonder if I should list my whole financial picture. For now I share my dividend investments. Thanks for sharing.

    • It’s not for everyone, but it does help keep you accountable and help your audience really engage and inspired too. If you end up running with it let me know and I’ll add you into it :)

    • Crazy indeed! Only started skimming it (bookmarked for later when I’m back on computer), and so far so interesting :) Good for you for putting it out there – this is why blogs are AWESOME!!

  16. Fascinating, love this! We haven’t ventured into publishing our net worth yet, but this makes me feel like we should! I wonder if any fellow bloggers have experienced any downside from doing so?

    • I can’t speak for everyone, but there are certainly things to keep in mind when publishing your true numbers. Mainly, the fact that friends and family can come across it (along with employers, colleagues, strangers, etc), so depending on how anonymous you are it may affect how you feel about it :) I’ve been doing it for over 6 years and love being able to share it with everyone, but honestly don’t know if I could do it (or if my wife would let me!) if I weren’t anonymous. So definitely go with how comfortable you are at the end of the day. It’s fun and fascinating to share – especially for your readers, and to help build a community – but it’s not the end of the world if you don’t too.

  17. Great list! It’s nice to see how we compare to other bloggers journeys. Hope to get on your list soon and use it as additional motivation and inspiration to achieve even greater success.

    Thanks for sharing this information. AFFJ

  18. J. I wondered if you think it might be cool to add a few codes to the net worth figures to show a bit more info. For example a (*D) if the person / blogger has debt. Also *R if they are retired. Or *DF if they are debt free. What do you think?

    • I think it’s a damn good idea indeed :) Only problem is that it would take quite a bit of time to research it all and then tag them with all the numbers of variables (M (mortgage), NM (no mortgage), S (single), M (married), BFGF (boyfriend, girlfriend), K (kids), DINKS (Dual Income No Kids)), and on and on and on ;)

      Might have to wait until v2.0 for that one, but I do like where your head is at. Feel free to pass over all ideas as they hit ya!

  19. Wow – that’s a lot of high net-worthers up there! I do NOT blog anonymously, so my wife is really hesitant about posting our net worth online because we have so many friends and family that read our blog…

    You should check out the wordpress plugin TablePress. It allows you to create a sortable table with many columns. You could add in age and other factors and people could sort the table to their hearts content :-)

    • Oooh really? That plugin sounds awesome! Thanks for the rec. my man… And your wife and my wife would get along pretty well – she gets nervous when I do it and our friends DON’T read my blog! Haha… and I’m anonymous! :)

  20. I think I am ready to share :) I hope it will be cool to any readers as I am starting young (in college), and have possibly over 50 years to grow my net worth :)

  21. I agree with others that this is a great resource and it definitely will be an extra motivator to be more frugal going forward! I think it is a great way to cheer on other bloggers too!

  22. A great article, very inspiring to see the variety of net worths from everyone at different stages of life.

    I’ve been tracking mine for over a year, and have just started blogging anonymously sharing it with the world – I’m currently at £266k (I’m London based)

  23. This list has been a great reference for me. I have finally decided to start my own blog and join the journey.

    It would be awesome if you could add my blog to the list. My current net worth is $222,986.

    Thanks J!

  24. I think Break 50 is really #1 on your list if you convert pounds to dollars. Lol. Also, many people use networthiq.com to share their net worth anonymously.
    My recommendation is that if people want all the other “taggings” of single vs household, age, income, it’s best to create a facility for every blogger to update themselves to facilitate the maintenance.

  25. Very cool list! I do not share my net worth, but my blog is focused more in real estate than personal finance. Real estate has been very good to me the last few years increasing my net worth by $600,000 from just 11 rental property purchases.

  26. J. Money! Thank you for adding me to your list (although I should add that I was previously posting under Ms. Debt Emergency and now have a new blog)! My net worth has improved over $37,000 since February of this year. I owe it in large part to the personal finance community which has taught me how to make it happen! Thanks again for adding my blog to the list!!

    • Very cool! Congrats on all your success so far – that’s bad ass. (And thx for the note – just took down the old one now that we have your new one listed here). The PF community is awesome – I Agree!

  27. I enjoy reading about the comparative net worths of all the bloggers and others, but while I am careful about keeping detailed financial records of just about everything else, I am pretty casual about my net worth. However, I did check it recently and it stands at just over $1 million, all of it in savings and other investable assets. I did not tally things like cars, etc., and I agree with the financial experts who say you shouldn’t include equity on your primary residence because you just have to sell it and find somewhere else to live if you wanted to tap the portion of your “net worth.”

    In any event, I retired three years ago at 65 and am living comfortably on SS, some modest defined-benefit pensions and a monthly distribution from my IRA that amounts to less than 3 percent of the current total.

    What I wonder is, am I wrong NOT to feel the need to relentlessly track my net worth? Is this just something that is beneficial to people who are looking to retire or become otherwise financially independent at an early age? Tell me what I’m missing.

    • Congrats on being retired and having a healthy net worth :)

      As far as your feelings towards tracking it, I think that’s perfectly normal. It really just depends on what motivates you and what your goals are in life. Most of us are trying to be in your position of retiring so it’s top of mind and we love thinking/talking about money :) If you don’t enjoy it much and/or it doesn’t affect your normal life, then go with whatever you’re comfortable with.

      I can’t speak for the others, but I track this stuff (and then put it online) because it holds me accountable and I find helps me grow it faster than when I wasn’t doing it. I also believe it’s important for people in general to talk more openly about money as we all have to deal with it and it’s such a taboo topic, so I tend to promote this stuff more and get people to understand they’re not alone and we’re a safe community here to discuss such things.

  28. Very interesting to see other bloggers’ net worth. Haven’t published ours yet and I think I will ever do that. Has anyone had bad experience publishing their net worth? Especially those that blog with their real names?

    • You pose a great question, my friend… I know of some who’ve shut down their blogs in general when certain people (aka bosses) have caught on to them, but not sure I’ve heard of getting in trouble or something bad happening w/ displaying their net worth. It’s entirely possible though and why I personally caution people who also put out their real names to double and triple think it over… As much as it’s interesting and helps motivate our community, you always have to protect yourself first from the psychos out there… and there are a lot of them online :(

  29. Thanks for adding me.

    To add to the discussion.

    - In my case it’s the couple number but my wife account for 3% of it. Usually I don’t count her money but I wanted to be a paper millionaire. Also, it’s canadian currency.
    - I do count my house. It’s an investment because it provide free rent for the familly. No house would mean rent so less cashflow.
    - I don’t count car, I view them as consummable.

    My close family know about the blog but I prefer to blog annonymously for the general public. I wouldn’t want a sicko to target my familly to try and make easy money.

    • Good information here – I like your reasoning for the house :) The question I always have for people who don’t include it is what they do with their mortgage(s)? That would heavily skew your net worth and seem inbalanced to me – then again I use my net worth as a snapshot of my entire situation so omitting it wouldn’t make sense. It’s interesting to see how everyone does things.

    • Yup, I do my best to anyways… Sometimes I don’t catch them, and others the blogger hasn’t updated a recent one. But for the most part I try to keep them up to date as I find it all kinds of interesting :)

  30. J. Money,

    Very cool list. We’ll have to consider joining – although my brother and I have heavily weighed the pros and cons of going public with specifics as to net worth. That said, transparency is great and this was a fantastic idea.

    - Ryan from GRB

    • Glad you like it, Ryan (and brother) :)

      I agree – plenty of pros and cons on both sides here. Gotta ask yourself what you’re trying to get out of it and then go from there. Transparency can do wonders for a blog and growing/connecting with an audience, but it can have different effects when it plays into your “real world” too. You can always divulge more later but it’s hard to take it back once it’s out there ;)

  31. I’ve read through most comments and I like how people keep asking has anyone experienced cons.

    Your answer for yourself is that you are anonymous. But what do you mean by that exactly. Just asking because well you do come out in videos or picture. Can’t remember what it was exactly but point is your face is out there. So what do you mean by anonymous? Just that none of your family/friends knows you blog?

    Also how often do you recycle people out. I was considering doing a net worth post as a year wrap up but I wouldn’t be doing it monthly. Maybe not at all after the first time. Not sure yet. Do I have to provide a monthly update to be part of the club? And after how much time do you remove people?

    You know since net worth does change over time.

    • I consider myself semi-anonymous now because I don’t go under my real name (hint: it’s not really J. Money) nor tell people where I live/etc. I do have some friends and family that read the blog, but it’s more about keeping a little privacy between the online world and the real world. There’s quite a few psychos out there as you can imagine…

      As for being a part of the club here, it’s totally up to you how often you’d like to update it :) I’ll add it up once/if you start, and then whenever there’s updates that I see (or you tell me) I’ll go and update the list again for ya… Some people do it every month, others do it quarterly, and then some just stop doing it altogether. The list isn’t an exact science by any means, but more of a way to get a good idea of what people are doing with their money and how they’re reaching the worths they are. It’s all about motivation/tips really.

    • Cool, sure – would love to have you on board :) Shoot me a link with the net worth breakdown once you add it up, and I’ll then add you to the list! The more the merrier!

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