Who Is Abigail Disney?
Abigail Disney is an American philanthropist, social activist, and documentary filmmaker who has a net worth of $150 million. She is the granddaughter of Roy O. Disney and grandniece of Walt Disney, both of whom are founders of The Walt Disney Company.
She is the producer of Pray the Devil Back to Hell and is the director, writer, and executive producer of the Armor of Light, an award-winning documentary about social issues.
Celebrity Name: Abigail Disney
Full Name: Abigail Edna Disney
Birth Date: January 24, 1960
Birth Place: Not known
Weight: 79 kilos
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Husband: Pierre Norman Hauser
Children: Charlotte Hauser, Olivia Hauser, Henry Hauser, Eamon Hauser
Profession: Philanthropist and documentary filmmaker
Net Worth: $150 million
Abigail Edna Disney was born on January 24, 1960, to parents Patricia Ann and Roy E. Disney. She has three other siblings, Timothy Disney, Roy Patrick Disney, and Susan Disney Lord. She grew up in North Hollywood, California, and finished her studies at Buckley School, Stanford University, and Columbia University for her Ph.D. While she was finishing her Ph.D., she was an English and American Literature teacher at Iona College and wrote an essay about sentimentalizing violence in American life.
In 1988, Abigail Disney married Pierre Norman Hauser. They have four children together, Charlotte, Olivia, Henry, and Eamon.
Career on Filmmaking
Dinsey produced the documentary film, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, which is focused on the life work of Leymah Gbowee, a Liberian activist, by sharing how critical the roles of women are in achieving peace in Liberia. The film was awarded as Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival last 2008. It was screened in 60 countries across the globe.
Along with Gini Reticker, Disney founded Fork Films, a production company in New York, in 2007. She works as the CEO and president, while Reticker works as the chief creative officer. In 2009, Fork Films partnered with Film Sprout to create a Global Peace Tour for Pray the Devil Back to Hell. The tour resulted in 235 cities in the US and 31 foreign countries to come together. The film focuses on the sacrifice and bravery of Leymah Gbowee, who was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize back in 2011.
Disney was the executive producer of The Trials of Spring in 2015, which covers a long documentary and six short movies. She made her debut as a director through The Armor of Light, a film that focuses Rob Schenck and Lucy McBath. Schenck was a pro-life minister while McBath was the mother of John Michael Phillips and Jordan Davis, who was gunned down in November 2012.
In 2018, Disney established a partnership with Killer Content to produce Level Forward, a theater, television, and film production company that focuses on projects that show the opportunity and influence of creative excellence.
Philanthropy and Social Activism
In 1991, along with her husband, Pierre, Abigail founded The Daphne Foundation to fund programs that focus on the causes and effects of poverty in New York. In 2008, she launched the non-profit organization, Peace Is Loud, which uses live events and media to highlight women leaders who are building a peace culture.
In 2012, she rejected her profit shares from the investment of the Disney family. By law, she cannot withdraw her investments so she donated them instead to organizations that work hard to end illegal exploitation. She donated her investments to Ahava Cosmetics Company.
In April 2019, Abigail Disney made criticisms through her Twitter regarding the compensation of Bob Iger, Disney’s CEO. According to her, CEOs receive too much payment as Iger’s compensation package is believed to be at least $35 million. In that same month, Washington Post posted an op-ed by her that calls for equity reform. In 2020, she again took it to Twitter and criticized the Disney Corporation for laying off low-paid employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Awards and Achievements
As a philanthropist and successful filmmaker, Disney has earned herself numerous awards:
- 2015 Leadership Honoree from the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) Courage in Journalism Awards
- 2014 Public Health Change Champion Award
- 2014 Legacy Award from the Women for Afghan Women
- 2014 Morton Deutsch Award for Social Justice
- 2012 James Park Morton Interfaith Award
- 2012 Gracie Award for Outstanding Producer – News/Non-fiction for Women, War, and Peace
- 2011 International Advocate for Peace Award
- 2011 Athena Award
- 2011 Visionary Social Change Award
- 2009 1st Annual Media Awards
- 2009 Auburn Lives of Commitment Award
- 2009 Global Women’s Rights Awards
- 2015 Woman of the Year Honoree
Abigail Disney Total Net Worth
To date, Abigail Disney has a net worth of at least $150 million. She got her wealth mostly as a documentary filmmaker. She is also the founder of Fork Films, which aims to focus on social issues on a global level.