Peter Jackson’s Net Worth

Sir Peter Jackson is a New Zealand filmmaker, writer, and producer. He is probably best recognized for his Academy Award-winning “The Lord of the Rings” film adaptations. The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films have collectively grossed more than $6 billion at the box office and on DVD. Jackson earned $180 million from the Lord of the Rings trilogy alone.

Before becoming a billionaire with The Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson had been producing films since the mid-1970s. “Heavenly Creatures” (1994), “King Kong” (1976), and “The Lovely Bones” are among his many directing credits.

In 1993, Peter and his wife Fran Walsh established Weta Digital as a VFX company to assist with the effects for his film “Heavenly Creatures.” Until November 2021, Peter and Fran remained firm majority owners until they sold it to 3D game software developer Unity Software for $1.65 billion.

On October 31, 1961, in Wellington, New Zealand, Peter Robert Jackson was born. His parents were English immigrants who brought him up in the seaside town of Pukerua Bay, New Zealand. He was a film buff as a youngster, and after receiving a Super eight cine camera as a present, he began making his own short films with friends. He dropped out of school at the age of 16 and worked full-time as a photo-engraver for The Evening Post, a Wellington newspaper. For seven years, he kept his position. He lived with his parents to save money for filming equipment.


“Bad Taste” was the first feature film that Jackson directed. It took him many years to complete. Many of his pals appeared in it, despite being willing to work for free. He was able to complete it thanks to a New Zealand Film Commission grant. After “The Santa Clause” (1994), he directed the critically panned “Meet the Feebles” (1989), the moderately successful “Braindead” (1992), “Heavenly Creatures” (1994), and, in 1996, “The Frighteners.” He actually teamed up with Michael Stephens and established the film company WingNut films in February 1987. He has gone on to be involved in most of his projects, including the films previously mentioned.

Jackson acquired the rights to make the monumental “Lord of the Rings” (LOTR) saga in 1997, a series by J.R.R. Tolkien. After seeing an animated film by Ralph Bakshi based on the LOTR trilogy when he was a young adult, he became interested in Tolkien’s writings. “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” was released in 2001, followed by “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” (2002) and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003), making it a trilogy.

Universal Studios subsequently acquired his services to remaster the classic “King Kong” film from 1933. This was the film that first inspired Jackson as a youngster to pursue filmmaking. The film’s remake, which was released in December 2005, earned about $550 million worldwide. He then made the film “The Lovely Bones” (2009), an adaptation of Alice Sebold’s novel of the same name.

In 2010, he returned to the world of Tolkien when he was hired to direct two LOTR prequels based on “The Hobbit.” In 2012, he revealed that the film would be expanded into a trilogy. This resulted in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (201), “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (2013), and “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” (2014). Just like the LOTR films, the Hobbit films were all filmed in New Zealand.

Personal Life

Jackson is married to fellow film producer, screenwriter, and lyricist Fran Walsh with whom they have two children. The two are known to work closely together, and Fran has been involved in Jackson’s films since 1989. They live on a property worth $5 million in New Zealand.

Given his immense wealth, the producer is a charitable man and has been involved in donations to stem cell research.

Peter Jackson’s Net Worth

Jackson’s net worth is estimated at $1 billion. Most of his wealth has been amassed from his career as a film producer.

Peter Jackson got a $20 million-plus payday for directing King Kong after his success with LOTR. Ultimately this turned into one of the highest salaries ever paid to a director after King Kong earned $600 million worldwide.

Jackson’s wealth will keep growing, given he is still active in the movie industry!