Ava DuVernay Net Worth 2022 – Salary, Income, Earnings

Ava DuVernay Net Worth

Ava DuVernay has an estimated net worth of $60 million. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay is a director known for ‘Selma,’ ’13th’ and ‘A Wrinkle in Time.’ She is the first African American female director to receive a Golden Globe nomination and have a film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. She earns most of her income from film production. 

Before becoming a filmmaker, Ava DuVernay worked in film publicity and marketing and founded her own agency. She directed the Oscar-nominated historical drama Selma (2014), which depicts a period in Dr. Martin Luther King’s life during a crusade for voting rights.

DuVernay became the first African American female director to receive a Golden Globe nomination and have a film nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars with this critically acclaimed work. 13th, a documentary about the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison system, received an Oscar nomination for feature documentary in 2016.

DuVernay then adapted the children’s fantasy novel A Wrinkle in Time in 2018, before receiving critical acclaim for her work on the 2019 miniseries When They See Us, which is about five teens who were wrongfully convicted of the 1989 rape and assault of a Central Park jogger.

To calculate the net worth of Ava DuVernay, subtract all her liabilities from her total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity she has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of her net worth:

Name: Ava DuVernay
Net Worth: $60 Million
Monthly Salary: $1 Million
Annual Income: $12 Million
Source of Wealth: Film Director, Publicist, Screenwriter, Film Producer, Filmmaker

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Early Life

DuVernay was born in Long Beach, California, on August 24, 1972. Growing up with an entrepreneur father who owned a carpeting company, DuVernay developed an interest in rhyming and hip-hop and went on to attend UCLA. She worked in film publicity in the 1990s before launching the DuVernay Agency, which specialized in movie marketing for African American audiences.

Directing Debut

DuVernay was inspired to start making her own films while working on the set of the 2004 thriller Collateral, starring Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise. She began with short films such as Saturday Night Life in 2006 and documentaries such as This Is the Life (2008), which focused on alternative hip-hop artists, and My Mic Sounds Nice: The Truth About Women in Hip Hop, which aired on BET in 2010.

That same year, DuVernay made her feature film directorial and screenwriting debut with I Will Follow, a moving drama about a woman grieving the death of her aunt to cancer. The film launched DuVernay’s career, with film critic Roger Ebert describing it as “a universal story about universal emotions.”

Sundance Award for ‘Middle of Nowhere’

In 2011, DuVernay co-founded the African American Film Festival Releasing Movement, a non-profit organization dedicated to the release and distribution of Black indie films. Middle of Nowhere, the filmmaker’s second feature, was released in 2012. The film, which starred Emayatzy Corinealdi, Omari Hardwick, Lorraine Toussaint, and David Oyelowo, depicted an ambitious, conflicted woman whose husband is imprisoned. DuVernay was the first Black woman to win the Sundance Film Festival’s director’s prize.

The following year, DuVernay directed an episode of the hit Kerry Washington drama Scandal and released the ESPN documentary Venus Vs., which followed Venus Williams’ fight for equal pay for female tennis players.

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Making History With ‘Selma’

A planned biopic of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the first for the big screen, was eventually directed by Lee Daniels, with Oyelowo in the lead. When Daniels chose to direct The Butler instead, the project’s script, written by Paul Webb, was thrown into disarray until Oyelowo persuaded the French production company Pathé to bring DuVernay on board as director. Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt also joined as producers, and DuVernay rewrote the script, though she was not given screenwriter credit due to previous contractual restrictions.

Selma, which was released in limited release at the end of 2014, depicts the mid-1960s movement in Alabama to secure African American voting rights. The film received nearly unanimous critical acclaim and was hailed as one of the year’s best. While the film was praised for its humanistic and nuanced portrayal of Dr. King, it also sparked some debate over its portrayal of both King and President Lyndon B. Johnson. (The film also features Coretta Scott King, Ralph D. Abernathy, James Bevel, Amelia Boynton, J. Edgar Hoover, Mahalia Jackson, John Lewis, Viola Gregg Liuzzo, Malcolm X, Bayard Rustin, George Wallace, and Andrew Young Jr. as historical figures.)

DuVernay made even more history with the film by becoming the first African American woman to be nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Director. Many viewers and critics questioned the Academy’s decision to exclude Selma from other categories after it received nominations for Best Picture and Original Song.

’13th’ and ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

DuVernay’s documentary 13th was released in 2016. She directed and co-wrote the Netflix film, which is named after the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which abolished slavery. The documentary examines the evolution of the American criminal justice system, mass incarceration, and race. 13th was nominated for an Oscar in the documentary feature category.

DuVernay was given the opportunity to direct Disney’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic children’s novel A Wrinkle in Time (2018), making her the first woman of color to direct a live-action film with a production budget exceeding $100 million.

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‘When They See Us’

The following year, DuVernay made headlines as the writer and director of the four-part Netflix miniseries When They See Us, which told the story of five New York City teenagers who were wrongfully convicted of raping and assaulting a jogger in Central Park in 1989. When They See Us received a slew of Emmy nominations, including one for outstanding lead actor in a limited series (Jharrel Jerome), but fans were outraged when DuVernay’s work was excluded from Golden Globe consideration.

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