Jordan Peterson has been one of the most influential mainstream intellectuals over the last five years. He is a professor of psychology, clinical psychologist, author, and online personality. Peterson attracted the public eye because of his views on social, cultural, and political topics. As of 2023, Jordan Peterson has a net worth of $8 million.
Peterson was born on June 12, 1962, in Edmonton, Alberta, and grew up in Fairview, a small town in the northwest of the province. His father, Walter, was a school teacher, and his mother, Beverley, was a librarian. He was the eldest of three children.
After graduating from Fairview High School in 1979, Peterson studied political science and English literature at Grande Prairie Regional College. He later transferred to the University of Alberta, where he completed his BA in political science in 1982.
Peterson returned to the University of Alberta and received a BA in psychology in 1984. In 1985, he moved to Montreal to attend McGill University where he earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology under the supervision of Robert O. Pihl in 1991.
From 1993 to 1998, Peterson taught at Harvard University, initially as an assistant professor and later as an associate professor in the psychology department.
In 1998, he returned to Canada and became a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. His first book, Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief, was published in 1999. The book combined psychology, mythology, religion, literature, philosophy, and neuroscience to analyze systems of belief and meaning.
Rise to Fame
He set up a YouTube channel called ‘JordanPetersonVideos’ in 2013 and began uploading his lectures and interviews. With an IQ of around 150, Peterson was noted for his wise thoughts and interesting opinions.
In March 2016, he declared a desire to remove previous content and improve future material with a new crowdsourcing experiment through Patreon. Later that year, he launched The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast.
After improving his content, his online presence continued to grow. Peterson has also been featured on several television shows and online programs. His YouTube channel is called Jordan B Peterson, and it has 6.88 million subscribers.
Net Worth and Earnings
As a clinical psychologist, Jordan Peterson makes around $200,000 per month. As an influential figure, he earns somewhere close to that number. He said that his Patreon account generated him $80,000 every month before it was deleted in 2019.
For public speaking gigs, Peterson gets $35,000 per speech. He also sells a personality test that costs $10. Lastly, it is reported to have sold 5 million books. All of this gives him an estimated net worth of $8 million.
Peterson married Tammy Roberts in 1989. The couple has two children, Mikhaila and Julian. Mikhaila is a nutrition influencer who helped her dad make diet choices when he had a severe autoimmune reaction to food.
Jordan was initially prescribed to take a psychoactive drug but was eventually advised to stop taking it. He experienced withdrawal symptoms and got pneumonia. He got treated in Russia and was back to normal in 2020.