Most who end up rich usually had some sort of advantage – good looks, wealthy family, established business, and many more. However, there are also those who came from nothing. These are usually called “rags to riches” story and the rise of Casey Neistat is one fine example. This filmmaker had a rough start but eventually become one of the many Youtube sensation. Get to know Casey Neistat net worth, early life, achievements, and how he pulled himself up from a underprivileged situation.
Celebrity Name: Casey Neistat
Real Name: Casey Owen Neistat
Birth Date: March 25, 1981
Current Age: 39
Birth Place: Gales, Ferry, Connecticut, USA
Parents: Barry and Amy Neistat
Sibling/s: Brothers Van, Dean, and sister Jordan
Height: 5’8″ (1.75m)
Weight: 159lbs (72kg)
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Relationship Status: Married
Spouse: Candice Pool
Children: Daughters Francine and Georgie
Profession: filmmaker, vlogger, businessman
Net Worth 2020: $16 million
Casey Neistat had a rough start when he dropped out of high school. He was 17 at that time and had a son named Owen with girlfriend Robin Harris. Being a teenage dad, the only way he can support his family was to wash dishes at a seafood restaurant. There was also no way for him to return or finish schooling. Aside from that, he could not afford proper rent so they made do and stayed in a trailer park. His chances improved a little when he became a short-order cook in Connecticut but it sure wasn’t enough. One would say that having a Casey Neistat net worth he has today was something unreachable during these difficult times.
How Casey Neistat Net Worth and Career Started to Improve
With hard work and some stroke of luck, Casey Neistat‘s chances at success started to improve. This was when he and his brother had the opportunity to work with Tom Sachs. During this time, Neistat was making short films and one of those were Sachs’ interesting installations and sculptures. It may not have gained them the popularity that they enjoy today but it eventually lead them to something.
Neistat made a short film called “iPod’s Dirty Secret.” It was a criticism on the lack of battery replacement for Apple’s portable media players. The three-minute film was widely shared on the Internet and it eventually gained the attention of the media in 2003. Washington Post praised Neistat’s work for being “wonderfully renegade.” Later, Apple developed a battery replacement program for the iPod. They said they already had the plan months before. They denied that it had anything to do with the film Neistat made.
Even though “iPod’s Dirty Secret” was revolutionary, it wasn’t the film that made him financially successful. But it did not stop him from pursuing his knack for creating films. Neistat and his brother made more films but this time they focused on science experiments. The project was called “Science Experiments” and was featured in “59th Minute” program. Every 59 minutes, the said program features an excerpt of the Neistat brothers’ film on the Panasonic Times Square Astrovision.
Later, HBO made a deal with the Neistat Brothers to make a television series for $2 million. You can probably already tell that Casey Neistat net worth is starting to look healthy here. It was an eight-episode series about autobiography of the brothers. The show was well received with The Hollywood Reporting praising the brothers.
Is There Money Making Online Videos?
If you want an answer to that question, then look no further for Casey Neistat has something to say about that. After the successful deal with HBO, Casey and Van started posting videos on Youtube. At first, they uploaded a video about the proper use of emergency brake cords. Then, they followed it with more informational videos about how things work. Casey and Van even had videos about Chatroulette, an Internet site that randomly lets you chat with an online stranger. They found out that most people would skip if the one on the other end is a male. It is totally opposite for women, with their friend Genevieve participating in the social experiment.
The Neistat brothers also made videos in the same vein as “iPod’s Dirty Secret” but, this time, with other things they can think of. One of which was “Bike Lanes” where they challenged the rule of riding out of marked lanes made for bicycles. When he got a ticket for violating bike lanes, he proceeded to crash into obstacles in a comical fashion. This supports the argument that riding within the lanes are not necessarily safe. The brothers did it again because the film received media attention. It even made it to many lists that praises creative videos.
Neistat himself also got in to most lists about people who make interesting and revolutionary videos. He was listed as number 82 in Top 100 YouTube Channels 2014 list made by New Media Rockstars. The filmmaker also won “New Media Star” Man of the Year Award, handed by international men’s magazine GQ (Gentleman’s Quarterly).
What is Casey Neistat Up to Now?
The filmmaker still posts daily vlogs on YouTube for over five years now. He has uploaded about 900 vlogs, gets about 2.2 billion views, and has reached 3.5 million subscribers.
Aside from posting videos online, he was also involved in a lot of projects that contributed to his wealth now. Perhaps the one that is worthy of mention is Beme. It is an app that allows people to create and share unedited videos. He co-founded it along with Matt Hackket. The video sharing service was acquired by CNN for $25 million. By this time, you might wonder: How much is Casey Neistat net worth now? With all the success and popularity he got from making videos and other business deals, Neistat has a net worth of $16 million.
Motivational Quotes from Casey Neistat
“As a director, I have the greatest job in the world, but if I don’t push the boundaries, then what’s the point of having it?”
“Overthinking the process will kill any career in the creative space. You just have to do them and not think too much.”
“Persistence and endurance will make you omnipotent.”