- Full Name: Michael Francis Moore
- Born: April 23 1954
- Place of Birth: Flint, Michigan
- Occupation: Documentary Film Maker
- Marital Status: Divorced
Michael Moore Net Worth History
Moore has made his money thanks to having directed, produced and usually presented a wealth of hard-hitting documentaries. While many documentaries tend to score lowly at the box-office due to their often niche subject matter, Moore instead tends to focus on the bigger picture – addressing major political, economic and cultural trends. Usually these have been from the perspective of an expose – ‘lifting the lid’ on murky behavior from political leaders and what he often addresses as the global elite. Despite his many critics and the inevitable progress of time that reduces long term interest is some of his films, Moore continues to be a reliable draw – his three largest pictures have pulled in over $300m in revenue, and he sold the rights for his very first documentary for $3m – staggering for a debut director who funded the movie thanks to bingo nights.
About Michael Moore
Moore divides opinion – that is essential to his job, as he sets out to open minds to what the general public may rarely consider and attempts to stimulate debate. His critics often attempt to destabilize his reputation by claiming that Moore is overt – and overly – left wing to the degree that he attacks right wing and big business political interests, and at worst is labelled a hypocrite for having generated such a sizable personal fortune. Moore had been shy of disclosing his wealth before it as revealed in the divorce proceedings of 2014, often making his shabby and everyday image mask the fact that he could, should he wish, dress in tailored suits and drive a Ferrari.
Yet in many other corners Moore is seen as worthy of his success, after all why should a man who criticizes the excesses of greed not make his own money by exposing it? Moore is no critique of capitalism, as he has often pointed out, he is a critique of the damage, hurt and exploitation that is causes the poorest sections of American and global society.
Whatever one’s opinion on Moore and his wealth, there’s no doubt that he has produced eye catching and seriously thought provoking films. Bowling for Columbine caused a major reaction to lax laws surrounding gun ownership that would have been impossible before the tragedies that the film explored, and more recently Capitalism: A Love Story explored why people almost deserve being oppressed for not involving themselves in the democratic system. His next venture will be Where To Invade Next and examine his longstanding perception that America – and it’s vast arms industry – needs an Orwellian sense of perpetual warfare to support it’s entire economic system.
On paper the subjects may sound dry, even moribund, yet Moore strives to make his films as accessible as possible. Typically he uses a flamboyant mixture of soundbites, archive footage, takes from popular culture and colorful imagery to portray his message. Often for the most part he rarely appears on screen, instead narrating the story he is explaining over the entire course of the film. This makes his films visually compelling and accessible to all, a key feature in his success and reputation as one of the leading documentary makers of all time.