What is the Robertson family of Duck Dynasty’s net worth?
          

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Uncle Si once told Larry King the Robertsons “work for peanuts.” But, as viewers of Duck Dynasty are well aware, that’s an understatement: The Louisiana family struck gold with their booming business, Duck Commander, and the Robertsons are now worth several million dollars.

But, how much do those duck calls really pay out? Plus, how much have they earned from starring on A&E’s Duck Dynasty?

The lovable Robertson family is always modest about their success, largely because they’ve experienced the other side of the tracks. Phil Robertson, who founded Duck Commander in 1972, grew up without running water or electricity. Even when he started the company, success wasn’t immediate. He told ABC Nightline he only earned $8,000 in the first year of business. With four boys to feed, that money had to be stretched a long way.

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^Uncle Si with Jase and Willie in the early days of Duck Commander

“Miss Kay says ‘I’ve been poor with you and I’ve been rich with you. Rich is better,'” Phil said in the 2012 interview.

As Duck Commander earned a bigger footing in the market, the Robertson family earned more money. As a private company, Duck Commander doesn’t have to disclose its annual profits. What we do know is that the company has been worth millions for years and the popularity of Duck Dynasty only furthered its value: Duck Commander sold 60,000 calls in 2011, 300,000 in 2012 (the first year the show aired) and more than 500,000 this year. To accommodate the growing demands, the business increased staff from one dozen employees to 75 within the past year.

“We saw a big difference as the Nielsen ratings went up,” Willie Robertson commented earlier this year.

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In addition to their business, the Robertson family is making a good chunk of change from A&E. Various reports claimed the entrepreneurial family was in a standoff with the network earlier this year as the Robertsons wanted their salaries to be raised to $200,000 per episode of Duck Dynasty. Neither the Robertsons nor the network commented on the validity of those reports, but they have gone ahead with the fourth season, which indicates something was negotiated.

The family’s popularity has also allowed them to explore their own hobbies. Miss Kay is coming out with a cookbook this fall. Willie and Korie wrote a New York Times best-selling book about their family and faith. Phil wrote a book, titled Happy, Happy, Happy, about his life and business. The family is even working on a Christmas album, Duck the Halls.

In addition to their creative pursuits, the family earns shares from the sales of Duck Dynasty merchandise. (Hallmark cards don’t sell for cheap!) The Robertsons are also set to cash in on the first-annual Duck Commander Cruise, which charges guests a minimum of $749 to sail with the family in July 2014.

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With all of those things considered, the Celebrity Net Worth estimation of $83.1 million for the family is entirely reasonable — if not understated.

Although the Robertsons have certainly come a long way from their humble beginnings, they continue to remember their roots. They are truly popular in their Louisiana community, where they are known as generous philanthropists. As viewers of Duck Dynasty also know, they all care for each other and are most happy when they get to bond as a family. For those reasons, Willie told the Christian Broadcast Network they don’t get too hung up on business success and net worth.

“But if the fame and fortune that we’ve enjoyed through Duck Commander were all gone tomorrow, I would still stay the same thing: God is good.”

The fourth season of Duck Dynasty premieres on A&E on August 14 at 10/9 p.m. CST.



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    • me

      If they are worth so much and they don’t forget about their roots why would they charge so much for someone to go on a cruise with them and why would they ask for more money for this season show? Seems to me fame went to their heads like all celebrities.

      • Lisa

        Um, have you ever been on a cruise before?! They’re not cheap. Also, it’s only rumor that they demanded more money for this season, that hasn’t been confirmed by anyone.

        • Ay

          Compared to most cruises (The decent ones that dont crash or short out mid-way) thats super cheap. Plus its a rumor so who knows if its true.

      • BloomerP

        Im sure the cruise line set the prices not the family…and 749 really isnt bad for a cruise.

      • not me

        Would you rather A&E keep all the extra money from the profits of the show?

        • Mark Batt

          No I would rather see Phil keep his personal opinions to himself, because when you are in front of 11 million people. You will be judged by what you say!! And possibly lose your job.

          • Benny Thomas

            lol…He doesn’t need a job kid!

          • AirForceMed

            Except, of course he was asked his opinion (more like goaded) by a magazine writer who likely knew he would get a controversial answer. When you ask a member of the very fundamentalist ‘Church of Christ’ what his idea of sin is – you’re going to get a very harsh answer that is deep-rooted in their beliefs and well beyond many other Christian beliefs. It’s the kind of church that takes much of the Bible literally, where other Christians believe certain aspects of the Bible are meant to be parables, messages, or even suggestions. As a Christian myself, I try to follow the teachings of Christ whose message was to love others. And in fact, I despise the man-made phrase “love the sinner, hate the sin”. In my life, none are in a position to judge what sin is! Others who disagree may simply ignore this post.

            • Jeff Rodriguez

              Let me guess… Methodist?

              • AirForceMed

                …none of the above. I said Christian!

                • Jeff Rodriguez

                  Which is a Christian denomination that typically takes the position that no man can judge sin. They are probably the most liberal and social justice minded of the classical denominations along with Episcopalians/Anglicans.

          • Dozer

            There is a certain right that all Americans have… It’s called “freedom of speech” I might not agree with what he said, but he has the right to believe what he wants. We as Americans have to stop being so damn sensitive!!!

          • Cole

            Liberals aren’t the only ones who are entitled to their own opinions.

      • AirForceMed

        Because they are business men? Why does Hillary Clinton charge $200K to give a 50 minute speech?

      • Tommy mccown

        Let’s not Judge ” Lest we be Judged” By are on Standard”!?? God Bless ”

    • J_Doe5686

      I like this family.

      • Joe Davis

        They are what this whole country ought to be about!!!

    • Donna Dawson

      love that show love jase an the whole family

    • Richard Withers

      You sound judgmental and jealous.

    • william

      that is just plain stupid. occ lost because they are a bunch of prima donnas who couldn’t get along. who wants to watch senior pull a tantrum once a week. everybody likes the robertsons….. except maybe you and your jealousy

      • fark

        shaddup dummy you dont know what ur saying

        • william

          fark off idiot

    • Lori Alayne Weber Miller

      Yeah but all OCC was some really means spirited fighting between Paul senior and his sons.

    • abrellbama

      When you actually get a quality product, you continue to order that product. That is what Duck Commander is. So many people didn’t realize they existed but I can guarantee you there are millions of duck hunters, not just thousands and when they use the duck calls, they will order more.

    • patrickhenry13

      um, created 75 jobs,now thats what i call helping the poor!

      • fark

        …. and paying them either minimum wage or as little as they can.

        • patrickhenry13

          better then welfare.or stealing,or socialism!

        • BrittantC095

          what? That’s mean

        • Joe Davis

          what jobs did you provide bubba???

        • Joe Davis

          OH, I SEE, THIS IS ALL ONE SIDED! YOU CAN VOTE UP BUT CAN’T VOTE DOWN ON ANYTHING, OK!!!

    • patrickhenry13

      so in what reality is having a job worse then being on welfare,not to mention all the other jobs this bunch has created!

    • AirForceMed

      Even though your comment was made 4 months ago, you deserve the ‘dumbest comment of the thread’ award just for stating “People have lost way bigger fortunes and i’m sure they’ll loose [it’s actually LOSE] it. They aren’t the first and sure as hell won’t be the last”
      Duck Commander is a thriving business empire that Sold over 600,000 duck calls a year, Before they were even a glimmer in the beady, greedy eyes of the A&E network. And you obviously know nothing about duck hunting & wouldn’t know the difference between a duck call and tube of lipstick. Duck Commander (not the A&E series Duck Dynasty) make hand-made duck calls that are the most effective duck calls in the industry! Any hunter would willingly pay top dollar for these proven masterpieces. If Duck Dynasty ends tomorrow, and the Robertsons return to relative obscurity, Duck Commander products will continue their worldwide business for hunters around the Globe!

      • Thomas e McCown

        Don’t stoop to there level ” I agree with your way of thought”!! But as we know” When you argue with a fool “you both end up fool’s”?!? God Bless you my Friend in Christ”Tommy McCown

    • Anne

      I love the Robertson family. Why are some people so jealous of their fame? They are the most down to earth people. Duck dynasty is one of the few reality shows that I like . I was happy to hear that Phil will be back. It would have been terrible if he couldn’t come back, just because he was speaking about what he truly believes in. Freedom of speech people. Don’t get so offended. I support them wholeheartedly . They are a wonderful Christian family with good morales and values. Everyone just be happy for their success . I’m glad their successful, otherwise they would not have a show and we would not even know who they are.

      • Mark Batt

        They are actors.

      • Joe Davis

        Because they simply live a very sad and miserable life!!!

    • Tommy Too Smooth

      But you forget my friend” as long as they continue in the way of the almighty ” what got them this far” will get them the rest of the Way”!! The. Lord”Amen”Yours truly ” Tommy McCown”

      • http://www.google.com hinesvillehotrodswells

        AMEN BROTHA

 

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