Riding the wind and crossing the seas can be a lucrative career. Luxury yacht captain Lee Rosbach, is proof of this. His profession led him to become a leading figure on Bravo’s Below Deck. The show has become a huge success and fans are curious about Lee’s finances. As of 2024, Lee Rosbach has a net worth of $1 million.
Rosbach was born in Michigan on November 15, 1949. At birth, he was diagnosed with a condition called atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib, which causes irregular heartbeats. Lee was essentially raised on boats and moved to Florida at the age of 25 to live in a warmer climate.
Before becoming a yacht boss, he worked in the restaurant business. Lee revealed he used to own 10 restaurants in Florida, Indiana, Georgia and Turks and Caicos. While running his restaurants in the Turks and Caicos Caribbean islands, he rediscovered his love for the sea.
To supplement his income, a friend invited him to work as a first Mate on a sailboat. This was how his journey started and at 35 years old, Lee Rosbach became a licensed yacht captain. Lee doesn’t own a yacht and has to lease them from owners as it’s expensive to purchase them.
Over the last two decades, he has headed over a dozen superyachts. Because of his experience, crew members have a high level of respect for him. Fans of the show have dubbed him the “Stud of the Sea”.
When Below Deck started airing in 2013, the Michigan native became a main character and fan favorite. From the first season, he was known for making sure that everything went to plan. The show is now filming season 10 and Lee remains a primary cast member despite his back injury.
In season nine, he was briefly replaced as captain by Sean Meagher because of his AFib heart condition. Along with being a television personality, Rosbach tried his hand at writing. In 2018, he released his memoir, “Running Against the Tide” and he also opened an online store where his fans can buy his merch.
Net Worth and Earnings
According to Worldwide Boat, Lee earns around $210,000 per year as a yacht captain. He also gets a share of tip money and has stated that his biggest tip was a whopping $35,000.
There’s also his extra income from book sales, merchandise sales and sponsored posts on social media. His earnings as a cast member on Below Deck haven’t been disclosed yet, but it’s enough to get his net worth to $1 million.
Captain Lee Rosbach is married to Marry Anne, and they’ve been together for almost five decades. The couple first met as crew members, and now, they have been blessed with five children: one girl and four boys. Sadly, his son Joshua passed away in 2019. The family currently resides in Florida.