Philippe Petit Net Worth

Philippe Petit Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Philippe Petitpas net worth is
$500 Thousand

Philippe Petitpas Wiki Biography

Philippe Petit was born on the 13th August 1949 in Nemours, Seine-et-Marne, France and is a high-wire artist, most famous for his 1,350 feet above the ground high-wire walk between the tops of the Twin Towers of the former World Trade Center in August 1974.

Have you ever wondered how much wealth this unusual artist has accumulated through the years? How rich Philippe Petit is? According to sources, it is estimated that the total amount of Philippe Petit’s net worth, as of late 2016, is $500,000, acquired through his numerous performances in several of the worlds’ most renowned capitals.

Philippe Petit Net Worth $500,000

The roots of Philippe Petit unusual professional path lay back in his childhood when he discovered juggling. Interested and dedicated, by the age of 17 Philippe self-taught himself to do every imaginable stunt a man can do on a high-wire – several variations of somersaults, the unicycle as well as bicycle, chair balancing as well as jumping through hoops. His first major performance, besides many on the streets of Paris, occurred in June 1971 when he juggled and balanced on a secretly installed wire on top of Notre Dame de Paris. This marked the beginning of Philippe Petit’s high wire artist career, and the establishment of his net worth.

Throughout the next several years, Philippe Petit regularly performed in various parks of the Big Apple. In 1973, Philippe took his extraordinary skill to the other side of the world, to Australia, where he crossed the Sydney Harbour Bridge. However, his most famous high-wire walk to this day occurred on the 7th August 1974 in New York City, when Philippe walked on a high-wire between the former Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. The performance lasted for about 45 minutes, during which Philippe Petit made eight passes on high-wire installed 1350-feet above the ground, using a special, custom made 26-foot long balancing pole weighting 55-pounds. This achievement has certainly written Philippe Petit’s name in the history books as well as in police records, media and news.

Although he was arrested for his “artistic crime of the century”, the authorities dropped the charges in exchange for another performance! Much harmless this time – a free aerial show for the kids in the heart of New York City – Central Park’s Belvedere Lake.

What seemed as a madman’s performance to a crowd on the street, or trespassing to police officers, took six years of careful planning. Philippe Petit spent months studying Twin Towers’ blueprints. He was even disguised as a news reporter or a constriction worker in order to photograph and measure the buildings. With the help of several friends, he hid the necessary equipment and secretly installed a 220-foot long steel cable. For all of these efforts, entertainment as well as for bringing back the popularity to Twin Towers, Philippe Petit was awarded with a lifetime pass to the Twin Towers’ Observation Deck by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

In 2003 Philippe Petit was honored with an illustrated book for children named “The Man Who Walked Between the Towers” created by Mordicai Gerstein who was later rewarded with a Caldecott Medal. In 2005, the book was adapted into an eponymous short animated film, directed Michael Sporn. James Marsh in 2008 filmed a documentary about this epic stunt, named “Man on Wire”, was rewarded with several Sundance Film Festival awards as well as an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2009. On the award receiving ceremony, Philippe Petit balanced the Oscar on his chin and performed the vanishing coin trick. It is certain that his renewed popularity have made a positive impact on Philippe Petit’s overall net worth.

Apart from his artistic performances, Philippe Petit is also an acclaimed author, with 12 published books so far. His memoirs were adapted in the 2015 biographical drama directed by Robert Zemeckis and featuring Joseph Godson-Levitt as Petit in “The Walk”. This venture has doubtlessly helped Philippe Petit to increase his overall net worth by a large margin.

Throughout his artistic career, Philippe Petit has shown his fantastic, daredevil skills all over the world including, apart from those mentioned above, Japan, Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Belgium. He has also appeared in over a dozen movies and inspired several songs.

In his personal life, Philippe’s partner and long-time supporter is Kathy O’Donnell.

Full NamePhilippe Petit
Net Worth$500 Thousand
Date Of BirthAugust 13, 1949
Place Of BirthNemours, France
Height1.7 m
ProfessionActor, Artist, Screenwriter, Circus Performer
SpouseKathy O'Donnell
ParentsEdmond Petit
PartnerKathy O'Donnell, Kathy O'Donnell
MoviesThe Walk, Man on Wire, Mondo, Niagara: Miracles, Myths and Magic, One Armed Man
1[on future plans] One of those dreams of mine is to walk in that beautiful place called Easter Island and to involve my wire to encompass in the theatrical presentation the beautiful statue called the Moai and to involve in my presentation the Rapa Nui who live on the island to be part of the celebration and the show. That is the very mysterious almost mystic performance I would like to put together. For that, I need the help of producers, but by talking about it someday I will meet somebody who will say, okay, let's construct that dream. Let's make it happen.[Oct.2015]
2We live in a world where our senses are dulled by so many images, where we surrender ourselves to little robots. I hate my century, I hate what's going on around me, so I don't participate. I don't have a laptop, I don't have a cellphone, I can't send an email. I'm an imbecile! But I say that with pride.
3It's an irony to be both poor and famous, but that's what I am. As far as money goes, I'm usually in a disaster situation, just barely afloat. I helped a benefit committee raise half a million dollars, but I couldn't afford the taxi home. I get lots of offers to walk the high wire, but I choose what I say yes to. I've been a street juggler for ten years...and, yes, I pass my hat....I have no shame. Last winter, I demolished a house for $5 an hour. And I wash windows very well. [1986]
4I don't have respect for people who walk on the wire with any kind of safety net. I don't really like the fact that if you fall you die, but it's part of what the wire is.
1Philippe's father wanted him to enter a military career, but when he was given a magic set for Christmas at the age of six, there was no looking back. He didn't care for school (and was expelled from five of them), and ran away from home at the age of 15. In Paris he became a street performer, juggler, mime, and unicyclist, and taught himself aerialism by walking across a rope between two trees in a park by the Seine.
2Traversed a 1,350 foot high, one-inch wide cable stretched across the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on August 7, 1974. He crossed the 131 foot long cable 8 times in 45 minutes.


One Armed Man2014ShortItinerant Worker
Dans l'ombre2004/IIShortLe gardien du cimetière
Mondo1995The Magician


The Walk2015/IIcoach: high-wire / consultant: high-wire
Niagara: Miracles, Myths and Magic1986Documentary short consultant: high wire


The Walk2015/IIbook "To Reach the Clouds"
Man on Wire2008Documentary book "To Reach The Clouds"


Between the Towers2005Short special thanks


Man on Wire2008DocumentaryHimself
American Experience2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Lying for a Living2002Video documentaryHimself
Late Show with David Letterman2002TV SeriesHimself
National Geographic Explorer1993TV Series documentaryHimself
Filmstunde1991TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
High Wire1984Documentary shortHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1974TV SeriesHimself - High Wire Artist
StarTalk2016TV SeriesHimself
First Steps: Learning to Walk the Wire2016Video documentary shortHimself
CBS This Morning2015TV SeriesHimself - High-Wire Artist
Book Case TV2013TV SeriesHimself
Charlie Rose1999-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
50 Documentaries to See Before You Die2011TV Series documentaryHimself - Performance Artist and Star of 'Man on Wire'
Che tempo che fa2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 81st Annual Academy Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
The Colbert Report2009TV SeriesHimself - Host

Archive Footage

Ok! TV2015TV SeriesHimself - High Wire Artist
World Trade Center: Anatomy of the Collapse2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
ABC's Wide World of Sports 30th Anniversary Special1991TV MovieHimself

Known for movies

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