How Much Alaskan Bush People's Billy Brown Was Worth When He Died

Billy Brown, the head honcho of Alaskan Bush People's Brown family, has died. Billy's death was announced on Feb. 8, 2021, with Bear Brown, one of his seven children, confirming the news on Instagram. "We are heartbroken to announce that our beloved patriarch Billy Brown passed away last night after suffering from a seizure," Bear wrote, per People. "He was our best friend — a wonderful and loving dad, granddad and husband and he will be dearly missed." Billy Brown was 68 years old.

Since 2014 and throughout 12 seasons, fans have followed Billy, wife Ami, and the rest of the Brown clan through the ups and downs of their captivating life off-the-grid in Alaska... well, more recently, Washington. The show's official Twitter account also confirmed the news, writing, "We are devastated to hear of Billy Brown's sudden passing. He has been part of the @Discovery family for years – a trailblazer, a lovely man, and most definitely one of a kind."

Billy Brown's life may not have seemed like the type where dollar signs flow. That's because the Browns famously portrayed themselves as living a bare-bones, wilderness-based existence on-screen. Per the Discovery website, the family "developed their own dialect, refer to themselves as a 'wolf pack,' and sleep together in a one-room cabin" surrounded by "some of the world's most dangerous animals." That said, reality TV pays, and the late star was reportedly worth millions. Scroll down to find out Billy Brown's net worth.

Billy Brown faced financial lows and highs

So what was Billy Brown's net worth at his time of death? According to The Sun, his family's treasure trove is at $60 million. That's a huge figure, which makes sense considering Billy was reportedly "racking in $500,000 per episode," per The Sun, with "the rest of the family members" making "about $40,000 to $60,000 in show revenue." Talk about a nice chunk of change!

As for where the Browns spent their money? In 2018, the fam reportedly bought 400 acres of land in Washington for $1.6 million, according to The SunAnd per Radar Online, at some point, they supposedly rented a $500,000 "lakefront mansion" in Washington for $3,000 per week. The outlet also reported Ami and Billy "gifted" son Noah with a $220,000 home in 2017. Then there's Billy Brown's admission in his 2007 memoir, One Wave at a Time, where he discussed being born into a "world of privilege" due to his late father's career as a limousine company owner, per Inquisitr. Though that all changed when, in 1969, he lost his entire family in a plane crash. "He spent his time roaming around, looking for odd jobs," the outlet stated about Billy's life post-accident.

Although Billy's financial life was at times turbulent, it sounds like he ended on a high note before his death.

Billy Brown defied doctors orders by choosing to live on the mountain

Despite Billy Brown's sudden death, the Alaskan Bush People star had been seeking treatment for ongoing health issues for some time. But despite receiving medical attention, doctors warned the 68-year-old that he was risking his life as a result of his living conditions, per The Sun. Billy was urged to move away from the mountainous region of Okanogan County in Washington where the high altitude wreaking havoc on his health. Fans followed his health journey and learned during one emotional episode that the Brown patriarch was not going to get better.

After returning from a hospital visit, Billy sat his large family down and explained his breathing difficulties were related to a serious heart condition, as opposed to general respiratory issues. Previously, he had been hospitalized and underwent lung surgery in 2019, per The Sun. In spite of his illness being exacerbated by the environment, Billy reportedly said he would rather die on the mountain than anywhere else. So, in respecting their father's wishes, but also wanting to keep him comfortable, Billy's adult children moved their parents' trailer lower down the mountain to keep Billy's breathing at bay.

Billy Brown wasn't the only member of the family with health issues

While the Brown children now mourn the leader of the "Wolf Pack," they may still have to keep a watchful eye on two other members of the family. Billy's wife and mother of his seven children Ami previously suffered from lung cancer, while eldest child Matt, 36, dealt with substance abuse. Ami was diagnosed with lung cancer back in 2017 and, because of this, re-located from Alaska to Washington in order to be closer to California, where she was receiving treatment from UCLA Medical Center, per Metro. Fortunately, following a successful round of radiation and chemotherapy, Ami announced she was cancer-free a year later.

Like his mother, Matt was also advised to move away for his health. In January 2019, he left Washington for sunny California to undertake six months of combined inpatient and outpatient rehab for alcohol addiction, which began at age 30, according to The Sun. Despite stepping away from the spotlight — Matt was last seen on season 8 of Alaskan Bush People — he has documented his health journey via social media. His Instagram now suggests that he is enjoying sobriety by living a reclusive, outdoorsy lifestyle.