Joan Vollmer Net Worth

Estimated Net Worth: $1.75 Million
Estimated Salary: $113 Thousand
Known For: Family Member
Birthdate: February 4, 1923
Birthplace: New York

Net Worth & Salary

Based on my research, I estimate that Joan Vollmer has an estimated 2023 net worth of roughly $1.75 Million and an estimated annual salary of $113 Thousand.


Joan Vollmer was a central figure of the Beat Generation, most famous for her relationship with William S. Burroughs. Born on February 4, 1923 in New York, she was a family member who was remembered for her gentle, compassionate, and deferential nature, as portrayed in her son’s 1973 novel, Kentucky Ham.

Before fame, Joan met Edie Parker while attending Barnard College. Edie invited Joan to live in her New York apartment, where they often provided lodging for writers, hustlers, and drug addicts, many of whom would become prominent Beats in just a few years. Joan also hosted and took part in marathon, late-night discussions with famous Beat Generation figures such as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.

Joan had a passionate love affair with William S. Burroughs that ended in tragedy when Burroughs shot her to death during a drunken game of William Tell. Her death had a profound effect upon William’s writing career. She had two children, her daughter Julie Adams with first husband Paul Adams and her son William S. Burroughs Jr. with Burroughs. She was portrayed by Courtney Love in the 2000 film ‘Beat;’ Burroughs was played by Kiefer Sutherland.

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