Annette Kowalski is an American businesswoman best known as the business partner of the late American artist Bob Ross. Annette is the co-owner of Bob Ross, Inc., which she co-owns with Bob Ross and her husband, Walt Kovacsy. As of 2021, Annette Kowalski’s net worth is estimated to be around $1 million.
Annette Kowalski was recently spotted following the release of Bob Ross’ new documentary titled Bob Ross: Fluke, Betrayal and Greed on Netflix on Wednesday, August 25, 2021.
|Full Name||Annette Kowalski|
|Birth Place||United States|
|Net Worth||$1 million|
Annette Kowalski was born in the United States of America. His real date of birth is still missing. However, several sources indicated that his age was between 80 and 85 years old. Nothing is known about his youth, parents and university education.
Annette Kowalski net worth and career
Annette first met artist Bob Ross when she was suffering from depression after her son’s death. When she was going through depression, she watched the TV show of the German artist Bill Alexander on PBS. She wanted to learn to draw from Alexander, but upon learning of his availability for drawing lessons, Alexander let her know that he was no longer teaching.
She then completed a five-day course in Clearwater, Florida attended by artist Bob Ross. Annette was extremely intrigued by Ross’s talent and she and her husband soon teamed up with him. Annette’s husband Walt came up with the idea to promote Ross’ courses to businesses, and they eventually helped Ross create his on-screen assistant.
Annette and Walt recorded Ross’ talent and took the recording to a local PBS station. The director of PBS was very impressed with Bob’s talent and immediately hired him for a new television series called The Joy of Painting.
In 1985, Annette and her husband Walt entered into a business partnership agreement with Bob Ross and his wife Jane. They eventually formed a company called Inc. Through her, they sold art supplies and other merchandise under Bob’s name.
Kowalski and Ross got into trouble after Bob lost his wife to cancer in the early 1990s, and after Jane’s death, the company was divided equally between the three surviving partners. But after the division of the company, Bob became a minority shareholder of the company. Bob then attempted to take control of the company in a legal battle that continued into the 1990s.
Bob Ross’s legal troubles with the Kowalski couple were featured in the Netflix documentary Bob Ross: Fluke, Betrayal and Greed. The documentary was released on Netflix on August 25, 2021. In the documentary, Bob Ross’ son Steve said he remembers his father making an effort to keep his name and appearance out of the family.
In 2012, Annette and Walt handed over business responsibilities to their daughter, Joan Kowalski. The company is currently headquartered in Sterling, Virginia. At the end of the Netflix premiere of the documentary, it was revealed that despite the intentions of Bob, his son, Steven has not yet received any profit from the company.
Annette Kowalski Personal life
Annette Kowalski is married to Walt Kowalski. According to the report, the couple has been married for over six decades. Annette has five children with her husband Walt. She lost her eldest son in a car accident at the age of 25.
Net Worth Annette Kowalski
As of 2021, Annette Kowalski’s net worth is estimated at over $1 million. She raised a large sum of money through her successful business. Annette and her husband Walt have retired and now live in Sterling, Virginia.