What Is Nik Wallenda’s Net Worth? The High-Wire Daredevil Is About to Walk Over An Active Volcano

Daredevil, Nik Wallenda, is about to trek the 1,800-foot walk over the Masaya Volcano in Masaya, Nicaragua. The highwire stunt, Volcano Live! with Nik Wallenda, airs March 4 on ABC.  The 41-year old member of the seven-generation family, The Flying Wallendas, knows the risks associated with every stunt. That said, what is his net worth?

Here’s everything we know about Nik Wallenda’s volcano walk

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Nik Wallenda walks a high wire over Times Square during the ‘Highwire Live In Times Square With Nik Wallenda’ | Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions

Volcano Live! with Nik Wallenda airs live at 8 p.m. on ABC. Wallenda will walk the 1,800-foot walk over an active volcano. ABC said it is his “longest and highest highwire walk ever attempted.”

The network added: “Part of the famed Pacific Ring of Fire, Masaya encompasses multiple craters and is one of very few volcanoes to possess a lava lake. The extreme environment at Masaya will add an extra set of risks to Nik’s already daring walk.”

Wallenda told Reuters he’d spent years researching volcanoes with a newfound realization as to why no one had ever attempted to do what he’s about to do.

“Mother Nature is extremely unpredictable. It is by far the most dangerous walk I have EVER attempted, and that alone makes it very intimidating,” Wallenda said.

“I am pushing myself beyond my comfort zone by the feat itself, but I know that I am up to the challenge. I must admit, it is scary. It is just the reality of what I do.”

The outlet added that the government of Nicaragua was “thrilled to be able to showcase Nicaragua through an ambitious walk by Nik Wallenda.”

“I will tell you that my first step I take will be a step of faith,” Wallenda said of the highest and longest walk he’s ever attempted. “It’s not as though I’m fearless. It is more about me overcoming that fear.” 

Wallenda’s walk comes with a lot of risks

The stunt comes with an extreme set of precautions. Wallenda will cross the tightwire with goggles, a mask, and maybe oxygen tanks. Even his shoes had to be designed with thicker soles to keep the volcanic heat at bay.

“I’ll be dealing with the winds of the Grand Canyon, potentially. I’ll be dealing with the gases that are so thick that you can potentially not be able to see 10 feet in front of me,” he said. “Everything that has been thrown at me here adds to my stress levels.”

Though Wallenda successfully walked over Niagara Falls and Times Square, this particular volcano has erupted “at least 18 times since 1520, with two major eruptions,” according to the outlet. It is still an active volcano so anything could happen.

Family tragedies and near-misses haven’t stopped Nik Wallenda yet

Wallenda is a seventh-generation acrobat. He and his sister, Lijana, walked Times Square together after she survived a near-fatal accident where she broke every bone in her face. The 2017 accident happened during a rehearsal.

Lijana told ABC at the time she could’ve stopped performing after her injuries but she wouldn’t “let fear consume” her.

The generations before Wallenda and his sister go all the way back to 1780 in Austria-Hungary. They stem from a large family of performers with specialties in acrobatics, the trapeze, and more.

Some may recognize the Wallenda family name from the 1978 tragedy when Karl Wallenda, 73 years old at the time, fell to his death in Puerto Rico while performing a highwire stunt. 16 years before that, his nephew and son-in-law died after a human pyramid collapsed, leaving his son paralyzed.

What is Wallenda’s net worth?

All of that said, Nik Wallenda’s current estimated net worth is approximately $4 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. The Sarasota-born performer makes a living walking the tightrope just as he’ll likely continue to do for the rest of his life.