Ben Abbott is a professional blacksmith, jeweler, and metal artist turned television personality. He is known as the two-time champion of the History Channel TV program Forged in Fire Ben Abbott.
He is also credited as the only contestant to later become a judge on the show. His net worth is estimated to be about $2 million today.
Here’s a basic introduction to Ben Abbott before more details on his early life, personal life, career, and net worth.
|Ben Abbott Net Worth
|18th of January, 1972
|5’7″ (170 cm)
|Alden James Abbott
|Peter Abbott and Renee Abbott
|Rich Abbott and Janis Abbott
|Blacksmith, Bladesmith, Jeweler, Metal Artist, and TV Personality
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What is Ben Abbott’s Net Worth?
Currently, Ben Abbott’s net worth is estimated to be about $2 million. He is a self-taught metal works professional who takes pride in making his blades.
His expertise in metal and blade works has made him into a reality TV star today.
Benjamin Abbott was born on the 18th of January, 1972, in England, United Kingdom, to parents Peter Abbott and Renee Abbott. He also has two siblings, namely Rich Abbott and Janis Abbott.
Ben’s parents moved from England to the United States of America when he was three. Ben spent most of his childhood in the US, except on holiday visits to England.
He developed an interest in swords and blades from his early teenage years, drawing inspiration from the many swords displayed in museums and castles in England. His father also helped to teach him the basics of metal-crafting while he was still a child.
Ben had tried to make his first sword at the age of 13, because he couldn’t afford to buy one. His attempt was unsuccessful, and he resigned to making smaller knives until he had improved on his skills. He was able to fully craft his first knife at the age of 17.
For his education, he attended Walt Whitman high school in Bethesda, Maryland. He then obtained his first degree in anthropology from Binghamton University, New York in 1993.
He pushed his education further to earn two more degrees: a degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia in 1997, and another Bachelor’s degree of Science from the same university in 2000.
Ben Abbott Personal Life
Ben Abbott clocked 50 years of age in January 2022. His height measures 5 feet and 7 inches (1.70m) tall and he has an average weight of 60kg (132 lbs).
He has short, greyish-brown hair and brown eye color, is an ardent lover of pets and is highly distinguished for his mixed British/American accent.
Ben is currently married to Heather Rabun, a choreographer, dancer, and artist. The couple had started dating in July 2018, then got engaged in February 2021, and are still together today.
Ben had been previously married to another woman, Mandy Abbott, but the two separated silently a few years ago.
Ben and Heather currently live together in Pasadena, California, and were blessed with their first son; Alden James Abbott on the 22nd of October, 2020.
Career: How much does Ben Abbott make?
Ben Abbott has been estimated to make an average of $47,000 in yearly income. He has won an estimated $40,000 from the TV reality show “Forged in Fire” by winning the championship twice in a row.
Today, he continues to work as a smith and produces knives, blades, and weapons with prices ranging from $50 to over $1000. He also earns from his time as a television personality/ judge on a TV show.
Shortly after leaving the university, Ben had worked at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) as an electrical engineer.
He was also part of a team of scientists working on LIGO, the world’s largest gravitational waves observatory, built to study and detect the effects of gravity and related waves.
Ben reportedly left the team to focus on improving his metal-crafting skills and creating his own business venture. His career as a metal craftsman got the boost it needed after he competed for the Champion of Champions title in the “Forged in Fire” TV show.
Forged in Fire is an American reality TV show on the History channel that involves four groups of metal craftsmen competing for a grand prize of $10,000.
The show is hosted by Wil Willis and Grady Powell and presided over by the judges J. Neilson, David Barker, Doug Marcaida, and Jason Knight.
Ben Abbott first made his appearance on the show in April 2016, during its second season. He won the contest by re-creating the infamous Khanda Sword and walked away with a championship title and a $10,000 cheque.
He also won the show a second time, during its third season in August 2016, with even more prize money. He has been re-invited to the show multiple times to act as a judge in the absence of any of the pre-existing judges.
Ben Abbott currently runs his forging venture “Ashgrove Forge” where he sells his metal works and ornaments.
Is Ben Abbott a millionaire?
Ben Abbott is a millionaire, with an estimated net worth of $2 million. He earns mainly through his services and products as a blacksmith but also earns on the side as a TV personality.