Julian Assange is an Australian publisher, journalist, computer programmer and Internet activist, with a net worth of $300 thousand. Julian Assange has earned his net worth as the editor in chief of WikiLeaks, which is a whistleblower website to create open governments, by exposing private, secret, and classified media from anonymous news sources, news leaks, and whistleblowers. Assange was born in Townsville, Queensland, Australia, on July 3, 1971. He is well-known for his public appearances in many parts of the world, to speak out about freedom of the press, censorship and investigative journalism.
Some topics that have been published on his WikiLeaks site include; extrajudicial killings in Kenya, toxic waste dumping in Cote d'Ivoire, and procedures at Guantanamo Bay. WikiLeaks has five international print media partners, which include; Der Spiegel, e Monde, The Guardian, El Pais and The New York Times. In November, of 2010 WikiLeaks and its five media partners began publishing detailed correspondence between the U.S State Department and its diplomatic missions around the world, (also known as Cablegate).
Assange has won many awards and nominations, including the 2009 Amnesty International Media Award and Readers' Choice for TIME magazine's 2010 Person of the Year. In his youth he was referred to as "Australia's most famous, ethical, computer hacker" by the Personal Democracy Forum. As a youth, he was charged with 31 counts of hacking and related crimes. It took three years for the case to make it to court where Julian pled guilty to 25 charges of hacking. The other six charges were dropped. He was released on bond for good conduct, after being fined AUD $2,100. Assange has never been married, however, he does have one son with an ex-girlfriend. After a custody battle that lasted for years, the couple formed an activist group, referred to as, "Parent Inquiry Into Child Protection," which created a "central databank" for otherwise inaccessible legal records, related to child custody issues in Australia.