Patty Hearst’s kidnapping has received more attention than her fortune. In 2018, the heiress from one of America’s wealthiest families had a net worth of $45.0 million. The focus, however, is not on Patty Hearst’s family fortune.
On Sunday, CNN concluded its riveting docuseries, The Radical Story of Patty Hearst (February 25). However, another season of the story is unlikely. The subject herself has chastised the filmmakers for telling her story.
Patty Hearst, the Hearst family fortune’s heiress, comes from old money. She was abducted in her teens and brainwashed by a terrorist organization.
Following her rescue, Hearst fought to reclaim control of her life. And she will not sit back and let others profit from her story.
Due to her family fortune, Patty Hearst’s net worth is estimated to be $45.0 million in 2018.
The heiress’ wealth is broken down below.
Patty Hearst’s Net Worth
- The Hearst family is one of America’s wealthiest families, with a combined fortune of $28.0 billion in 2016; the family fortune is divided among 67 family members.
- William Randolph Hearst, a publishing magnate, founded the Hearst media empire.
- William Randolph Hearst Jr. is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and his son, William R. Hearst III, is the current chairman of the Hearst Corporation.
- The Hearst family was embroiled in several scandals, including Patty Hearst’s kidnapping.
- Patricia Campbell Hearst, born on February 20, 1954, in San Diego, California, is William Randolph Hearst’s granddaughter.
- When she was 19, she was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), a leftist guerrilla group.
- Hearst was apprehended 19 months later, and despite being a wanted fugitive at the time, she was found guilty of bank robbery and sentenced to seven years in prison.
- She was released on $1.5 million bail.
- President Carter commuted her sentence, and President Clinton pardoned her.
- Patty Hearst’s SLA kidnappers demanded that her father distribute $400.0 million in food to the needy; William Hearst responded by donating $2.0 million.
- Patty Hearst has been involved in philanthropy since her release from prison.
- Patty Hearst’s book, Every Secret Thing, was released in 1981, and she has criticized unauthorized movies, documentaries, and books about her.
- Hearst had a brief acting career, appearing in John Waters films such as Cry-Baby, Serial Mom, Pecker, A Dirty Shame, and Cecil B. DeMented.
- Murder at San Simeon, a co-wrote novel, was about Thomas H. Ince’s death on her grandfather’s yacht.
- In his will, Hearst’s father left $100,000 to each of her four sisters.
- The Hearst family mansion is for sale for $195.0 million, making it the most expensive home in the United States.
- Bernard Shaw, her husband, was Hearst Corporation’s vice president of corporate security until he died in 2013.