Neil deGrasse Tyson Net Worth – Life and Career

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Neil deGrasse Tyson’s net worth in 2020 – Discover Neil deGrasse Tyson’s net worth, his life, career, investment, and biography.

Who is Neil deGrasse Tyson?

Neil deGrasse Tyson Net Worth – Life and Career

Tyson is an award-winning former student of Harvard University who currently works as a scientist with a specialty in the field of astrophysics.

He pioneered the department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History and also worked with NASA and other US government space agencies.

Apart from being an astrophysicist, he is an author and also featured in science programs. Neil deGrasse Tyson is currently worth $5 million.

Early Life

Born on the 5th of October 1958 in Manhattan, New York to Cyril deGrasse Tyson and Sunchita Maria Tyson of Puerto Rican descent. We could say that his family was science inclined as his father was a sociologist and his mother gerontologist. Tyson lived with his parents and two brothers Stephen Joseph Tyson and Lynn Antipas Tyson in the Bronx but later relocated to Riverdale.

Tyson started his education in the Bronx but continued it at Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy before enrolling at the Bronx High School of Science.

At the age of nine, he already had a passion for astronomy and took courses at the Hayden Planetarium. According to Tyson, it felt like the universe was calling him and he began studying astronomy on his own.

After graduation from high school, Tyson enrolled at Harvard University to study physics and obtained his degree in 1980.

However, he moved on to the University of Texas obtaining a master’s degree in astronomy in the year 1983. From 1986-1987, Tyson worked as a lecturer at the University of Maryland lecturing on astronomy.

He left Maryland to obtain his MPhil and Ph.D. degrees in astrophysics at Colombia University in 1989 and 1991 respectively.


Upon completion of his Ph.D. at Colombia University, he went on extensive research in areas such as cosmology, galactic astronomy, and stellar formation.

He also was employed by various institutions which include Hayden Planetarium and Princeton University.

He started at the Hayden Planetarium, occupying the role of staff scientist before he got promoted to assistant director and was finally made the director in 1996. During his time as director, he supervised a reconstruction project worth over $200 million.

Tyson has written many books which include books Death by Black Hole (2007) and Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (2017).

He has risen to the position of a professor and was appointed in 2001 and 2004 by the United States President George W Bush to be a member of the Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry and also the Moon, Mars, and Beyond commission which got him an award from NASA.

Tyson also uses the media to discuss science and astronomy. He hosted the program Nova ScienceNow and another StarTalk a radio program with comedian Lynne Koplitz.

Tyson has also has been a keynote speaker in various seminars and programs where he discusses science, space, and unsolved universal problems. He is said to have drawn his inspiration from Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein.

Personal Life

Tyson is married to Alice Young and they both have two children named Miranda and Travis.

Tyson is a lover of wine and has also been accused on four occasions for sexual misconduct but none were proven.

The allegations affected his show StarTalk which was shown on Fox and National Geographic as both put the program on hold. Since the accusations weren’t substantiated the program resumed. He currently serves as a director at Hayden Planetarium.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Net Worth – How did he amass such wealth?

As of 2020, Neil deGrasse Tyson has a net worth of $5 million which he gathered mostly from his career.

He makes close to $400,000 annually as a basic salary and also makes money from sales of his numerous books. Neil deGrasse Tyson is also been paid for each of his shows and for presentation.

Tyson owns a house in East Hampton, New York which is worth $1.5 million and also an Audi car.

Net Worth $5 million
Profession Astrophysicist, Author
Date of Birth October 5, 1958
Age 60
Nationality American

Awards and recognition

Tyson has received numerous awards for his spectacular achievements in the course of his career some of which includes:

-2004: NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal

-2007: Klopsteg Memorial Award winner

-2009 Isaac Asimov Award from the American Humanist Association

-2017: Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album


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