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Full NameBob Ross
First NameBob
Last NameRoss
Birth NameRobert Norman Ross
Other NameBob,Bust 'em up Bobby
ProfessionPainter, TV Host
NationalityAmerican
Birth CityFlorida
Birth CountryUSA
Father NameJack Ross
Mother NameOllie Ross
Gender IdentityMale
Sexual OrientationStraight
HoroscopeScorpio
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseLynda Lucille Freeman
Relation WithJnae Ross, Vicky Ridge
No Of Children1
Sibilings1
Networth$10 M
Date of BirthOctober 29,1942
Age76 years
Married DateApril 7,1995

Who Was Bob Ross?

Popular for hosting The Joy of Painting, Robert Norman Ross aka Bob Ross was an American painter, art instructor, and television host.      

He became known as a public television personality in the 1980s-90s to an Internet celebrity in the 21st century. Following his death, he became popular on social media platforms like YouTube and Twitch when his fans started uploading his prior works. 

He was estimated to own net worth of $10 million at the time of his death in 1995. 

Ross’ Journey To Success- From TV Host To Internet Celebrity  

Prior to his career as a TV host, Ross served in the United States Air Force as a medical records technician. Ross eventually rose to the rank of master sergeant and served as the first sergeant of the U.S. Air Force Clinic at Eielson Air Force Base located in Alaska. 

During Bob’s 20-year tenure with the U.S. Air Force, he developed a taste for paintings. He learned his quick-painting skills to create art for sale during his brief daily work breaks. He eventually retired from the Air Force in 1981 with the rank of Master Sergeant after 2 decades of service.   

Caption: Bob Ross was an American painter who founded Bob Ross Inc,Image Source: famous/people
Caption: Bob Ross was an American painter who founded Bob Ross Inc,

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According to Celebrity Net Worth, Bob Ross owned a net worth of $10 million at the time of his death. He earned most of his fortunes from his success as a professional painter & TV host. 

On average, a television host makes $20.17 per hour to $55,593 per year, whereas, a painter makes $15.86 per hour with $5,500 overtime pay early.  

A Career As A Professional Painter

Following his retirement, Ross went to Florida and studied painting under German painter Bill Alexander. He then joined the ‘Alexander Magic Art Supplies Company’ and became a traveling salesman and tutor.     

In January 1983, Ross’ TV show, The Joy of Painting aired. The show was hosted by Ross himself and taught techniques for landscapes oil painting, in each session.  

The show ran a total 31 seasons with 403 episodes (13 episodes per season). The show ran until 17th May 1994 and won three Emmy Awards. 

Caption: Bob Ross painting in an episode of The Joy of PaintingImage Source: medium
Caption: Bob Ross painting in an episode of The Joy of Painting

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Bob built a $15 million business Bob Ross Inc., with the help of Annette and Walt Kowalski where he sold his art supplies and how-to books as well as marketing painting classes taught by instructors (trained in Bob's method).   

Following his death, the ownership of the company was passed to the Kowalskis. 

By his own estimation, he painted more than 30,000 paintings in his life out of which 1,200 of them were for the show. 

Did You Know? Ross sold $15-20 million worth of books, art kits, and videotapes in his lifetime.  

Where Did Bob Ross Reside? His Assets, House, And Lifestyle

Ross lived in Orlando, Florida, the United States. Although the exact house price was not revealed, it was estimated to be worth hundreds or thousand dollars.

Caption: Aerial view of Bob's Florida houseImage Source: virtual/globe
Caption: Aerial view of Bob's Florida house

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The median house price in Florida is around $228,300 with an annual property tax of $1,927.   

The Joy of Painting host drove around expensive cars. Apart from this, information regarding his insurance policy and tax payments never hit the tabloids. 

The late painter was also involved in several social and philanthropic works. In fact, some sources claims, Ross donated few of his paintings to charities.   

Short Biography On Bob Ross

Born Robert Norman Ross on 29th October 1942 in Daytona Beach, Florida, the USA. He was born to Ollie Ross and Jack Ross and held American nationality.    

Hew grew up alongside his half-brother Jim in Orlando, Florida. Bob dropped out of high school in the 9th grade to work as a carpenter along with his father.       

Ross' Marriage Life, Wife, And Children

The father of one was married thrice in his life. He first tied the knot with Vivian 'Vicky' Patricia Ridge on 28th May 1965. The couple shared a son named Steven Ross. They ended their marriage in 1977.

Caption: Ross with his first wife Vivian and son StevenImage Source: painting/valley
Caption: Ross with his first wife Vivian and son Steven

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He then got married to Jane Lee Zanardelli on 22 April 1977. Ross and Jane were together for 15 years until Jane's death on 1 August 1992. 

Bob, later tied the knot for the last time on 7 April 1995 with Lynda Lucille Freeman. Unfortunately, the couple was together for about 3 months until Ross' death on 4 July 1995.   

How Did Bob Ross Die?

Ross passed away at the age of 52 on 4 July 1995. He died due to complications from Lymphoma which he had been fighting for several years.   

He kept his illness under wraps from the public and was only known to his family and few friends until after his death. 

Bob is laid to peace at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Gotha, Florida under a memorial tablet marked: "Bod Ross; Television Artist". 

Updated On Sun Sep 22 2019 Published On Sun Sep 22 2019 By Amy

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