Patty Hearst has made more headlines for her kidnapping than her fortune. The heiress from one of the richest families in America has a net worth estimated at $45.0 million in 2018. However, it’s not Patty Hearst’s family fortune that’s making headlines.
CNN concluded its captivating docuseries, The Radical Story of Patty Hearst, on Sunday (February 25). But it’s unlikely that the story will have another season. The subject herself has taken the makers to task for telling a story that’s hers.
Patty Hearst, an heiress of the Hearst family fortune, comes from old money. She was kidnapped in her teens and brainwashed by a terrorist group.
Hearst fought to regain control of her life after her rescue. And, she won’t stand by and watch others make money off her story.
Patty Hearst’s net worth in 2018 is estimated at $45.0 million thanks to her family fortune.
Here’s a breakdown of the heiress’ wealth.
How Rich Is Patty Hearst?
- The Hearst family is one of the richest families in America, collectively worth $28.0 billion in 2016; the family fortune is shared among 67 family members.
- Publishing magnate, William Randolph Hearst established the Hearst media empire.
- William Randolph Hearst Jr. is a Pulitzer-winning journalist; his son, William R. Hearst III, chairs the current Hearst Corp.
- The Hearst family endured several sensational scandals, including the kidnapping of Patty Hearst.
- Patricia Campbell Hearst, born on February 20, 1954, in San Diego, California, is the granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst.
- She was kidnapped by leftist guerrilla group, Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) when she was 19.
- Hearst was found 19 months later; a wanted fugitive by then, she was found guilty of bank robbery and sentenced to seven years in prison.
- She was out on bail for $1.5 million.
- President Carter commuted her sentence and President Clinton pardoned her.
- Patty Hearst’s SLA kidnappers demanded that her father distribute $400.0 million worth of food to the needy; William Hearst donated $2.0 million accordingly.
- Since her release from prison, Patty Hearst has been active in philanthropy.
- She has criticized unauthorized movies, documentaries, and books on her and has released her own; Patty Hearst’s book, Every Secret Thing, was released in 1981.
- Hearst had a brief acting career, appearing in films directed by John Waters; her movie credits include Cry-Baby, Serial Mom, Pecker, A Dirty Shame, and Cecil B. DeMented.
- She co-wrote a novel, Murder at San Simeon, which was about Thomas H. Ince’s death on her grandfather’s yacht.
- Hearst’s father left $100,000 each for her and her four sisters in his last will and testament.
- The Hearst family mansion was listed for sale at $195.0 million, making the most expensive home in the U.S.
- Her husband, Bernard Shaw, was vice president of corporate security for Hearst Corporation until his death in 2013.