David Ignatius’s Net Worth, Education, Family & Career

David Ignatius is a prominent American columnist journalist who has been working for The Washington Post since 1986. He has more than four decades of experience in the sector of journalism. Along with working for The Washington Post, Ignatius worked for The Wall Street for around ten years.

Besides his work in journalism, Ignatius is also a great author. He has written around eleven books in which he exposes the facts in the form of fiction. A film also got made based on his book Body of Lies.

Biography & Wiki Quick Summary

Popular NameDavid Ignatius
Real NameDavid Reynolds Ignatius 
Date of birthMay 26, 1950
Age74 years old
Place of birthCambridge, Massechhutes, USA
HometownWashington DC, USA
FatherPaul Robert Ignatius
MotherNancy Sharpless
BrotherAdi Ignatius
SpouseDr. Eve Thornberg
Daughter (s)Elisa Hele Ignatius,
Alexandra Sarah Ignatius and
Sarah Ahun Ignatius
OccupationJournalist and Author
Net worth1.7 Million USD
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Hair colorGray
Eye colorBrown
FacebookDavid Ignatius

David Net Worth

Ignatius has spent years working as a columnist and journalist.

His journey has led him to many places and has given him an experience of a lifetime.

Besides experience, his hard work in his career has also paid him with enough fame and fortune. 

Till last year, Ignatius earned 32 thousand USD per month and 400 thousand USD per year. He received 82 thousand USD from his work as a columnist.

All this income made his net worth around 1.7 million USD.

David Personal Life And Family

The veteran journalist was born in Cambridge but grew up in Washington DC.

He and his brother got raised by his parents, Paul and Nancy. The siblings grew up in a mixed household. His father has an Armenian upbringing, while his mother has German and English background.

His father initially worked as the secretary of Java before starting as the President of the Washington Post. 

Like his father, his mother of Ignatius also used to work. She served as the executive of a foundation.

Ignatius and his brother came from a well-educated and well-accomplished family and are successful adults.

While Ignatius established himself as one of the best journalists and columnists in the nation, his brother also made a career as the editor chief for the Harvard Business Review.

Despite being a powerful family, both Ignatius and his family keep things private. 

David Wife and Relationship

Ignatius is married to his genius wife, Dr. Eve Thornberg. While he is a genius in writing, his wife has her skills in the technology sector.

Thornberg is an established computer scientist who has worked for big companies like Arlington, The British defense, and even an Aerospace company.

The couple did not share how they met or when they started dating. But, it is out that the couple exchanged vows in 1980 and have three beautiful daughters.

One of their daughters also works as a senior account supervisor in corporate affairs. Besides this, everything else about the married couple and their life has been kept private.


The associate editor of The Washington Post earned his high school degree from an all-boys boardings school named St.Albans School.

After high school, he enrolled at Harvard University to study political theory.

At Harvard, he also received the Frank Knox Fellowship to study diploma in economics at Kings College, Cambridge. 

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Ignatius started his career as an editor for The Washington Monthly as soon as he completed his studies.

He worked for the Monthly for some time before accepting the offer to work as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal.

He worked for the Journal for the next ten years and returned to work for the Monthly.

After his return, he started covering stories about the government of the USA. He looked into the CIA, Justice Department, and even the senate.

While still digging stuff, he also got the opportunity to cover the stories in the Middle East as a correspondent for three years. During this time, he covered the wars in Lebanon and Iraq. 

Once he returned to the USA after completing his time in the Middle East, he got promoted to Chief diplomatic correspondent.

In 1985, Ignatius left the Monthly and joined The Washington Post. He started as the editor of the outlook section for the first four years before becoming its assistant managing editor and columnist.

He used to write columns twice a week but started writing only once after moving to Paris as the executive editor of the International Herald Tribune.

The Edward Winter prize winner returned to the USA after spending two years in Paris. His columns were a favorite among his readers and even won Gerald Loeb Award.

Besides working as a columnist and a journalist, Ignatius is also a fantastic author. 

He shares the stories that he had witnessed as a journalist by hiding them within fiction stories. His books are a mix of suspense and thriller, and his readers love them.


Every story has two sides, which is applicable even in the case of Ignatius. While still getting worldwide recognition and praise for his works, he also has his share of controversies.

People often accuse the columnist of favoring the government as they think he is hyper-positive and defensive towards the government, especially the CIA. Even some the CIA veteran even called him an apologist of the CIA. 

The accusations just got worse when Ignatius dismissed the investigations by former President Obama regarding torturing the war interrogates from Iraq.

Despite the accusations, the journalist stood firm in his beliefs. On some occasions, he even shared his dissatisfaction with how the American government and the CIA don’t have the best approach regarding intelligence.

Besides these accusations, Ignatius also faced another controversy in 2009 during the World Economic Forum.

He was moderating a discussion between the former Israeli Prime minister, Shimon Peres, the Turkish Prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and other prominent figures.

The controversy started when Ignatius gave only twelve minutes to Erdoğan but twenty minutes to Peres.

Erdoğan wasn’t happy with this and asked for more time, to which Ignatius added one more minute.

When one minute was up, the journalist tried to stop Erdoğan but could not stop. At last, Ignatius took his paper and walked out of the discussion.