Bret Weinstein Net Worth, Wiki, Bio, Business Endeavors

Bret Weinstein.
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Who Is Bret Weinstein?

Bret Weinstein is a former evolutionary biologist and professor at The Evergreen State College. He is currently a speaker and YouTuber. Weinstein came to attention during The Evergreen State College protests in 2017 and the 2020 Covid crisis, and has become a successful online thought-leader and commentator during that time.

He has been called “controversial” and has been accused by left-wing media outlets of “spreading disinformation.

 

Bio And Background

Bret Weinstein is of Jewish background and is the brother of noted thinker Eric Weinstein. Before becoming a popular online influencer/commentator, he primarily worked in academia.

Weinstein studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania in the 1980s, according to The Chronicle, and began to gain attention as a thinker during his time at the university.

On October 1, 1987, the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity at the University of Pennsylvania organized a party of 100-200 members, The Chronicle writes. The fraternity’s leaders had paid two black women $150 to perform striptease at the party as a surprise for the participants. The Chronicle termed the party a “degrading spectacle” due to vulgar acts and sexist and racist slurs yelled at the two women.

Weinstein was the only party attendee willing to publicly object to the event, The Chronicle writes. He wondered “whether or not a system which allows this to go on unquestioned by a large group of supposedly educated college students should be allowed to continue.”

Several days after the party, concerned that the party’s events hadn’t received an adequate assessment, Weinstein wrote a column for the student paper where he called fraternity members “a group of guys who never escaped from the locker-room into the reality that the rest of us live in.”

Weinstein also alleged that the university was careless because “alumni who were fraternity brothers donate more money than alumni who weren’t.”

Weinstein covered the incident in a May 2017 interview with Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report.

In 2009, Weinstein graduated from the University of Michigan with a doctoral degree.

 

Bret Weinstein at Evergreen State College

Until 2017, Weinstein has been a professor of biology at The Evergreen State College.

In 2017, Bret Weinstein came to national attention when he disagreed with how The Evergreen State College had decided to hold 2017’s “day of absence.” The Washington Post writes that the “day of absence” has been a tradition on campus since the 1970s. During the “day of absence”, ethnic minority students and faculty members would stay off campus to raise awareness of their contributions.

The Washington Post writes that in 2017, Evergreen suggested that white students and faculty stay off campus on the “day of absence”, reversing the program of the previous years. The on-campus program on that day was designed to address issues from the perspective of people of color, while the off-campus program was focused on anti-racism from a “majority culture” or “white perspective.”

The Olympian writes that Weinstein criticized the changes after white students who chose to participate were asked to go off campus to talk about race issues. Weinstein called the event “an act of oppression.”

The incident led to protests and threats over allegations of racism and intolerance. The Hill writes that a group of students had a confrontation with Weinstein outside his office during the protests. Evergreen faculty members supported the students, according to The Hill.

Weinstein and his wife Heather Heying – also a professor at Evergreen – filed a $3.85 million tort claim in July 2017, alleging that Evergreen had failed to protect its employees from repeated hostility based on race and from threats of physical violence.

In September 2017, Seattle Times reported that Weinstein would receive $500,000 from Evergreen in a settlement. Following the settlement, Weinstein and his wife resigned from Evergreen.

 

Online Business Endeavors

Following his resignation from Evergreen, Bret Weinstein rose to prominence in the online space – particularly through interviews and podcasts.

Bret Weinstein’s podcast – called DarkHorse Podcast – is focused on discussions “at the intersection of science and politics” where participants use their “disagreements as a tool for arriving at the truth.” DarkHorse doesn’t have taboos on topics, with episodes covering sensitive topics such as race, corruption, and censorship.

Podcast episodes are typically streamed on Weinstein’s YouTube channel, which had over 350,000 subscribers and over 25 million total video views as of early July 2021. The channel also features Q&A sessions with Weinstein and his wife.

Weinstein operates a merchandise store dedicated to the DarkHorse podcast, where visitors may purchase apparel and accessories like phone cases.

Weinstein is also present on membership platform Patreon where he offers 5 membership tiers costing between $2 and $250 per month. Members get access to the private DarkHorse channel on communication app Discord, Q&A sessions, and topic polls for upcoming videos, among other things.

In 2021, Weinstein and his wife co-authored A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century where they explored issues in areas such as parenting, sleep, education, and gender.

 

Bret Weinstein Net Worth

Bret Weinstein’s net worth is unknown at this time, however the question is oft-searched on Google, as it is with many YouTubers.

Average tenured professors in the US currently make around $80,000 per year on average, and this was Weinstein’s position until several years ago.

Also as noted above, Weinstein received a moderately-sized settlement from Evergreen University.

At the time of this writing Weinstein’s Patreon had 3,414 members and payment levels between $2 to $250 per month.

 

Online Presence And Publicity

Bret Weinstein is present on Twitter and has a personal website.

Weinstein has appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience and The Rubin Report. He was featured on entrepreneur Tom Bilyeu’s podcast as well.

He is particularly active on Twitter, and tweets regularly about social media, censorship, and politics.

 

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