Bruce Petty Net Worth

March 7, 2023
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Writer, director and animator of "Global Haywire", Bruce Petty, with a frame of the film on screen. A Hopscotch film release. In cinemas from April 10. For more information, ph 02 8303 3800

Bruce Leslie Petty was born on the 30th August 1929, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, and is a cartoonists and political satirist, who is probably best recognized for working at Melbourne’s newspaper The Age. He is also known for being a director and screenwriter. His career has been active since the late 1940s.

So, have you ever wondered how rich Bruce Petty is, as of late 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the size of Bruce’s net worth is over $15 million, accumulated through his successful career as a cartoonist and involvement in the film industry as a director and screenwriter. Another source is coming from the sales of his book.


Bruce Petty Net Worth $15 Million


Bruce Petty’s early life is unknown in the media, except that he spent his childhood with his older brother in his hometown.

When he was 20 years old, Bruce’s career began, as he was hired to work as an animator at the Owen Brothers animation studio in Melbourne, as well as the Box Hill animation studio, which marked the beginning of his net worth. Parallel with that, he also worked for Monash University’s newspaper Lot’s Wife. In 1954, he moved to London, UK, where he continued to pursue his career further as a cartoonist, publishing his drawings in such magazines as Esquire, The New Yorker and Punch. In 1970, he returned to Australia, and began working not only at the Bulletin, but also at The Australian and The (Sydney) Daily Mirror magazines.

At the beginning of the next decade, Bruce moved his career to the next level, as he made his debut as a director, working on the short film “Australian History” (1971). Five years later, he began to work for Melbourne’s newspaper The Age, and later that year directed the short film entitled “Leisure”, which earned him an Oscar. In 1978, Bruce also wrote and directed the documentary “The Magic Arts”, and his next major project came in 1986, when he wrote screenplay for the film “The Movers”, after which he wrote and directed the 2000 film entitled “The Mad Century”. All contributed significantly to his net worth.

To speak further about his career in the entertainment industry, Bruce also worked as a director on the TV series “Human Contraptions” in 2003, which was followed by the documentary films – “Global Haywire” (2006), for which he won the AFI Best Documentary Director prize in 2007 and the Best Documentary Sound Award, and “Gough Whitlam” (2008). More recently, he was the director and writer of the 2012 film “Utopia”, adding a considerable amount to his net worth.

Apart from that, Bruce also became known for creating a number of sculptures, which are recognized as “Man Environment Machine”, located in Japan. Moreover, he published the book “Petty’s Parallel Worlds” in 2008, which consists of all his drawings from the 1950s to date, increasing further his wealth.

Thanks to his accomplishment, Burce was rewarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award for journalism in 2010.

When it comes to speak about his personal life, Bruce Petty is currently in a relationship with Lesley McKay, a bookseller. He was previously married to journalist Julie Rigg, with whom he has two children. In 1988, he married writer Kate Grenville, with whom he also has two children, but of course they are now separated.

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