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Paul Franklin Watson was born on 2 December 1950, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and is an environmental activist, and marine wildlife conservation activist, best known for founding the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society; the group is focused on marine conservation and anti-poaching efforts. All of his efforts have helped put his net worth to where it is today.

How rich is Paul Watson? As of early-2017, sources estimate a net worth that is at $500,000, mostly earned through a successful career in activism. He is one of the founding members of Greenpeace and has promoted numerous principles. He’s written books and has gained a lot of attention due to him being involved in legal action with several countries. As he continues his endeavors, it is possible that his net worth will also continue to increase.

Paul Watson Net Worth $500,000

At a young age, Paul was taught to respect and defend animals; he worked as a tour guide at Expo 67 before moving to Vancouver, where he joined the Canadian Coast Guard and worked on various hovercraft, weatherships, and buoy tenders. He also worked as a merchant seaman during this period.

One of his first noted works of activism was joining the Sierra Club to protest the Amchitka Island nuclear testing. The group evolved into the Don’t Make a Wave Committee, which eventually became Greenpeace. Watson would serve on the Greenpeace Too! ship in 1971, and then in various positions in Greenpeace voyages in the mid-1970s. Many publications state that he is a Greenpeace founder, but Greenpeace cites him only as an influential member, not a founder.

In 1978, he purchased the first Sea Shepherd vessel called the “Sea Shepherd”, with the help of Fund for Animals. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society was formed and would soon gain notoriety for their direct action tactics. They threw objects into whaling ships, boarded whaling ships, and even scuttled ships. He started earning money as part of the society which increased his net worth. He was also a field correspondent for Defenders of Wildlife until 1980. Afterwards, he declared his support for Earth First!, and would later join the board of directors of the Sierra Club. He became very vocal on claims such as how human communities should be no larger than 20,000 people. He also released numerous activism articles on Earthforce!

Watson has been the subject of numerous controversies over the course of his life. One of the better known issues was his separation from Greenpeace when he was expelled from the board in 1977. Greenpeace has since called him a violent extremist – he was convicted of assaulting a peace officer during a seal hunt protest. He became a persona non grata in Iceland after scuttling two whaling ships and damaging a whale meat processing factory. He was also pursued by the Japanese Coast Guard on suspicion of sabotaging Japan’s whaling fleet. He was detained in 2012 in Germany at the request of the government of Costa Rica due to altercations at sea.

Despite these issues, he’s won several awards, including the Jules Verne Award, and received the Asociacion de Amigos del Museo de Anclas Philippe Cousteau: Defense of Marine Life Award. In 2002, he was inducted into the US Animal Rights Hall of Fame, and received the George H.W. Bush Daily Points of Light Award.

For his personal life, it is known that Paul has been married four times, firstly to founding director of Greenpeace Quebec Starlet Lum, with whom he has a son. He then married former Playboy model Lisa Distefano. His third wife was animal rights activist Allison Lance, and his fourth marriage is to Yana Rusinovich in 2015, and they have a son.

Net Worth$500,000
Date Of BirthDecember 2, 1950
Place Of BirthToronto, Ontario, Canada
EducationSimon Fraser University
SpouseYana Rusinovich
ChildrenLilliolani Paula Lum Watson, Tiger Watson
ParentsAnnamarie Larsen, Anthony Joseph Watson
AwardsPulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography, World Press Photo Award for Spot News
MoviesSharkwater, Behind the Mask
TV ShowsWhale Wars
1(on the role of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society) We do not protest. Protesting is fundamentally submissive. We are enforcers. We sail to enforce the law.
2I would just say is that nobody could do what I do unless you had a big ego. It's the only way you can really put it. You have to be arrogant enough to challenge the arrogance of the human race.
3You know, I wouldn't think I was successful if I didn't have just as many people hate me as support me. You can't change things by not pissing people off.
4No species is more important than the others. All species are interdependent, but people got upset when I said worms were more important than people. {That's] because worms can live on the earth without us but we can't live without them. We need them and they don't need us. And bees and insects and fish: we need them and they don't need us. It makes them, ecologically, more important than we are. A lot of people don't like to hear that.
5I'm not pessimistic about anything. You just have to have enough passion and perseverance. I alway point to 1972. The very idea that Nelson Mandela would be president of South Africa was unthinkable, unimaginable and impossible, yet it happened. So I'm eternally optimistic.
6We're not even the captains of the spaceship. We're just the passengers, watching and consuming. The crew is the insects and the microbes and the other creatures, doing what they do to keep the ship functioning. And right now we're killing off the essential crew, one by one.
1The movie Ocean Warrior (1981) is partly based on his experiences.
2He is one of the founding members of the Greenpeace Foundation.


Defend, Conserve, Protectproducer post-production
Why Just One?2016Documentary executive producer


Fireside Chat with Esther2015TV SeriesCaptain Watson


Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson2011Documentary the producers wish to thank
Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist2010Documentary special thanks
Sharkwater2006Documentary special thanks - as Captain Paul Watson
Ocean Warrior1981Documentary special thanks


Sharkwater: Extinction2017Documentary announcedHimself
One Planet2017Documentary filmingHimself
The Refineries: Inside the Making OfDocumentary post-productionHimself
Good Fortune2016DocumentaryHimself
Food Choices2016DocumentaryHimself (founder of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society) (as Captain Paul Watson)
Why Just One?2016DocumentaryHimself
On n'est pas couché2016TV SeriesHimself
C à vous2016TV SeriesHimself
13 heures le journal2016TV SeriesHimself
Le grand journal de Canal+2012-2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Unity2015DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
How to Change the World2015DocumentaryHimself
Whale Wars2008-2015TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Founder Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Steve Irwin Captain / Himself - Captain / ...
Whale Wars: The Devil's Den2015TV SeriesHimself
Real Time with Bill Maher2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
60 Minutes2013TV Series documentaryHimself - Environmental Activist (segment "Return of the Humpbacks")
The Project2013TV SeriesHimself
The Alyona Show2012TV SeriesHimself
Seal Wars2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell2012TV SeriesHimself
Horizont CT242012TV SeriesHimself (Sea Shepherd)
Democracy Now!2012TV SeriesHimself
Whale Wars: Viking Shores2012TV SeriesHimself
Whale Wars: Operation Bluefin2012TV MovieHimself
A Fierce Green Fire2012DocumentaryHimself
Minds in the Water2011Documentary
La case du siècle2011TV Series documentaryHimself, Sea Shepherd Foundation, Greenpeace member 1972-1979
Animal World2010-2011TV Series documentaryHimself - Host
Canada A.M.2011TV SeriesHimself
Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson2011DocumentaryHimself
Adam Hills in Gordon St Tonight2011TV SeriesHimself
The 7PM Project2009-2011TV SeriesHimself - Captain of Steve Irwin / Himself - Captain of the Steve Irwin
Les insurgés de la terre2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Eternal Vigilance: Paul Watson on the Front Lines2010Documentary shortHimself
Making Burros Fly2010DocumentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2010TV SeriesHimself
Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist2010DocumentaryHimself
Bag It2010DocumentaryHimself
Skin Trade2010DocumentaryHimself
Focus Earth with Bob Woodruff2009TV SeriesHimself
The Cove2009DocumentaryHimself (as Captain Paul Watson)
30 Years on the Frontline2008Documentary short
At the Edge of the World2008DocumentaryHimself
Pirate for the Sea2008DocumentaryHimself
Your Mommy Kills Animals!2007DocumentaryHimself - Sea Shepherd Conservancy
Seal or No Seal2007ShortHimself
Sharkwater2006DocumentaryHimself (as Captain Paul Watson)
Behind the Mask2006DocumentaryHimself (Sea Shepherd Conservation Society)
Testify! Eco-Defense and the Politics of Violence2005Video documentaryHimself (Sea Shepherd Conservation Society) (as Captain Paul Watson)
Penn & Teller: Bullshit!2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Ocean Raider: Defenders of the Wild1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
Eco Spies1992TV MovieHimself
Redwood Summer Roadshow1990Himself
Black Harvest - The Fight for the Pilot Whale1988TV Short documentaryHimself
Ocean Warrior1981DocumentaryHimself

Archive Footage

War Story1995Documentary shortHimself
60 Minutes2014TV Series documentaryHimself - Environmental Activist (segment "Return of the Humpbacks")
Raid on Reykjavik Reloaded2012Documentary shortHimself
Príbeh duhových bojovníku - Greenpeace2000TV Movie documentaryHimself

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