Bonnie Hammer Net Worth, Bio, Early Life, Education, Career Accomplishments, Boards, Social Activism, Awards and Personal Life

Published Date   17th Aug. 2017, 23:44 pm  Update Date: February 7th, 2018  05:29 pm
Bonnie Hammer Net Worth, Bio, Early Life, Education, Career Accomplishments, Boards, Social Activism, Awards and Personal Life
Quick Info
Birth Name: Bonnie Hammer
Hair Color: Blonde
Nationality: American
Net Worth: $2.8 billion
Qualification: Master’s degree in communications

Currently serving as the Chairman of NBC Universal Cable, Bonnie Hammer net worth accelerated as she became a successful businesswoman and network executive.


Born in 1950, Bonnie Hammer is the Chairman of NBC Universal Cable, who oversees the leading cable brands. Some of the cable brands that she looks after are USA Network, The Sci-Fi Channel, E!, Oxygen, Cloo, Sprout and Universal HD. Furthermore, Bonnie Hammer net worth and responsibilities both heightened as she looks after production entitles Universal Cable Production and Wilshire Studios.

Early Life and Education

Bonnie Hammer was born in the year 1959 in a Jewish family. She grew up in Queens, New York as the youngest of three children. Her mother was a housewife while her father was a Russian immigrant who had started his own pen company.

While Hammer was young, she aspired to become a photojournalist. Consequently, she enrolled herself at Boston University College of Communication. She graduated from the college in 1971 earning a Bachelor’s degree in communication. Furthermore, Hammer continued studying to pursue her journalism dream.She then went to the Boston University School of Education. She graduated with Master’s degree in communications in 1975.

Professional Career Highlights and Accomplishments

Bonnie Hammer net worth began to rise after she joined the public television station in Boston, WGBH-TV. During her days in WGBH-TV, Hammer produced This Old House, Infinity Factory, and ZOOM. In addition, she executive-produced Good Day! for Boston’s ABC affiliate.

She first became an original and professional programming executive in New York at Lifetime Television Network. Bonnie Hammer net worth increased as she worked as an executive producer in several award-winning documentaries. In 1989, Hammer left WGBH-TV for Universal Television where she got handled the roles as a programming executive. In this position, her major accomplishment was partnering with Vince McMahon to transform WWF into a cultural phenomenon.

Similarly, Hammer took over the role of Sci-Fi President. As a Sci-Fi President, Hammer then partnered with Steven Spielberg and brought up miniseries Steven Spielberg to the network. Bonnie Hammer net worth hiked as the miniseries garnered the best rating Sci-Fi till date. Consequently, it earned an Emmy to the Universal Television in addition to doubling the audience of the channel.

Universal Television merged with NBC in 2004 as a result of which Hammer became the president of USA Network and Sci-Fi. She did the exact same thing to USA Network what she had done to Sci-Fi.  As a result, USA Network ranked 1st among cable networks.

In 2008, Hammer took over the leadership at Universal Cable Productions in addition to handling responsibilities of the digital networks Cloo, Universal HD and Chiller. Furthermore, she undertook the responsibilities for E!, G4 and Wilshire Studios in 2011. The following year E! revealed a major brand evolution of network and relaunch of its website under Hammer’s leadership. Consequently, E! became the global destination for pop culture.

Current Position and Plans

Currently, Bonnie Hammer serves as the Chairman of the NBC Universal Cable Entertainment. As the Chairman, Hammer has sturdy plans to make the network even better. She has a plan to re-evaluate and adapt NBC Universal Channels so that it becomes less gender-based. Hammer emphasized in this plan because there is a preconceived notion that many channels focus on women alone. As a result, she made a controversial decision of having a channel that had more male viewers, Esquire. The content of the channel would overlap with style content reaching out to the male audiences.

Boards and Committees

Apart from working as the Chairman of NBC Universal Cable, Bonnie Hammer net worth heightened due to her involvement in various committees and boards. Currently, Hammer serves on the board of the Ad Council. Likewise, she serves steering committee of the Paley Center for Media on the Celebration of Women’s Achievements in Television and Radio. Besides, she is also among the strategic planning committee for Boston University’s College of Communication. Furthermore, Hammer serves as the mentor for Women in Film & Television.

Social Activism

When Hammer was working at USA Network, she spearheaded pro-social campaign “Erase the Hate”. This campaign earned a National Emmy Governor’s Award for its purpose to erase discrimination and promote acceptance. Similarly, she created the “Vision for Tomorrow” campaign with an effort to spark America’s leading thinkers in searching solutions to society’s most pressing issues. It also focused organization and policymakers.

Awards and Recognition

Bonnie Hammer net worth rose for her excellence in business strategy and successful implementation. Therefore, she has earned several awards. The powerhouse of American media, Bonnie Hammer fell under The Hollywood Reporter’s Power 100. Similarly, she was honored with 2007 Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award by the National Association of Television Programming Executives. Moreover, she is the recipient of MUSE Award for Outstanding Vision and Achievement. Also, Women in Film awarded her with the Crystal + Lucy Award for Excellence in Television.

For executive producing award-winning documentaries, Hammer received the Lillian Gish Award and Cine Golden Eagles award several times. Bonnie Hammer net worth rose as she became the recipient of the National Association for Youth’s Mentor Award. After succeeding in bringing up the Sci-Fi and USA Network as the president. CableWorld magazine listed Bonnie Hammer as the most influential woman in the cable. Further, Fortune magazine featured her in the list of “50 Most Powerful Women”. Forbes listed her among “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” while Vanity Fair listed as “Powers that Be”.

Bonnie Hammer net worth rose as her social campaign fetched attention of concerned authority. Consequently, B’nai B’rith honored her in 2012 for “her commitment to initiatives confronting racism and bigotry”. The National Cable Television Association handed her 2010 Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership. Additionally, she received the Anti-Defamation League’s Entertainment Industry Award for her activism.

Hammer’s recognition heightened as she was included in the list of Vanity Fair’s New Establishment in 2016. There, she earned the description “Silicon Valley hotshots, Hollywood moguls, Wall Street titans, and cultural icons”.

Personal Life and Photographer

Hammer lives in Westport, Connecticut with her husband, Dale Heussner. The couple has a child together while Heussner has a child from his previous marriage.

Hammer is an accomplished photographer and network executive. Her photographs have been published in magazines and books like Time, the Boston Herald, the Los Angeles Times, Houghton-Mifflin and Little Brown.

Salary and Net Worth

In addition to fame and awards, Bonnie Hammer earns a substantial sum of money as a chairman.Bonnie Hammer net worth as per the recent data is $2.8 billion with her incomparably excellent work in the cable network and high position.

Originally Published on Superbhub 17th August 2017 and updated on 7th February 2018. 

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