• Edward Abel Smith is an English businessman, best known as the husband of Kate Winslet
• Estimated to have a net worth of $25 million as of late 2022
• He is the Head of Marketing Promotion and Astronaut Experience for Virgin Galactic
• He is a vegetarian, enjoys soccer, and practices yoga
• He changed his birth name to Ned RocknRoll in 2008, but changed it back to his original name in 2021
Who is Edward Abel Smith?
Edward is an English businessman, but probably best known to the world as the husband of Kate Winslet; he’s her third husband.
Edward Abel Smith Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Edward Lyluph Abel Smith was born in 1978, in Hertfordshire, England, the son of Robert Ralph Abel Smith and his wife Linette J. Branson. Through his mother, he’s closely related to Richard Branson, the English billionaire and the founder of the Virgin Group conglomerate.
His parents divorced when he was a toddler, and his mother remarried Robin Brockway. He grew up in Parsons Green, South-West London, with his four brothers.
Unfortunately, there is no information about his education. However, he’s believed to be a well-educated man as he had access to prestigious private schools from an early age, thanks to his family fortune.
There is not much information about his career; he joined his uncle’s aeronautical space exploration company, Virgin Galactic when in his 20s in the marketing department. Through the years, he progressed in the company and is now serving as the Head of Marketing Promotion and Astronaut Experience, specializing in developing and marketing commercial spacecraft, which will carry people to space.
According to reports, Edward came up with this position, and after going to his uncle with the idea, he was immediately named the new head of marketing.
According to sources, Edward Abel Smith’s wealth is estimated at $25 million, as of late 2022.
Popularity Through Marriage
Edward and Kate Winslet met for the first time in 2011 on Necker Island, where Sir Richard Branson has his vast estate. The two started dating, Edward proposed to her in the summer of 2012, and the couple married on 5 December 2012. Since then, they have welcomed a son, Bear Blaze, and reside in the $4 million valued estate by the sea in West Wittering, Sussex, which she bought in 2015. Kate has said that he has been very supportive of her and her children. He is very helpful, being a stay-at-home dad, and that they are enjoying every moment spent together.
When they first went public, and although a millionaire, nobody knew who Edward was, and everyone wanted to find out.
At the time, his name was Ned RocknRoll; he’d legally changed his birth name in 2008, and said he did that for fun. However, after 11 years, he switched back to his original name, saying that he didn’t want to cause problems for his child at doctors’ appointments, school, and on other occasions where his name had to be filled in.
Kate spoke about his name change in an interview, saying that he changed it on his own, realizing that his child might have problems in the future. Moreover, she’s said that he has severe dyslexia but that despite it, he helps her when she’s practicing lines.
Hobbies, Interests, and Trivia
Edward has many interests. He’s a vegetarian and practices yoga. Interested in soccer from an early age, he played for the high school soccer team and occasionally still plays with friends. Furthermore, he is physically active as he goes to the gym regularly and practices yoga.
Edward Abel Smith’s Wife, Kate Winslet Short Bio
Kate Elizabeth Winslet was born on 5 October 1975 in Reading, Berkshire, England, the daughter of Roger John Winslet and his wife Sally Anne. She has two sisters, Anna and Beth, and a brother Joss.
Her family struggled financially during her childhood, and when her father suffered a foot injury that hindered his ability to work, the problems became worse.
She grew up in a household where acting was praised, and she became interested in acting at a young age. At just five years old, she was Mary in the play “Nativity”, in a production by her local school.
She enrolled at Redroofs Theatre School in Maidenhead, which also serves as an agency, and it provided her with a few commercial gigs and initially some voice-over work in films in different languages.
After years of honing her skills, Kate made her acting debut in 1991 as Reet in the TV series “Dark Season”. Three years later, Kate made her breakthrough with the part of Juliet Hulme in Peter Jackson’s psychological thriller “Heavenly Creatures”; she was one of 175 girls to audition, and Peter Jackson was impressed by her performance.
This led to successful ‘90s with roles in such films as “Sense and Sensibility” (1995), “Hamlet” (1996), and then as Rose Dewitt Bukater in the Academy Award-winning romantic drama film “Titanic”, co-starring with Leonardo DiCaprio. Before the decade ended, she was Julia in the film “Hideous Kinky”, and Ruth in the film “Holy Smoke”.
The new millennium began rather successfully for Kate as she played Madeleine in the biopic about Marquis de Sade “Quills”. Next, in 2004 she starred in the Academy Award-winning sci-fi romantic drama film “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, with Jim Carrey, while in 2008, she was Hanna Schmitz in the romantic drama film “The Reader”. This performance earned her the Oscar award.
To speak further of Kate’s accomplishments, she has had many prominent roles – in 2008 she was April Wheeler in the film “Revolutionary Road”, while in 2011, she played Dr. Erin Mears. Next, she portrayed Jeanine in the “Divergent” franchise in 2014 and 2015. In 2017 she was Ginny in the film “Wonder Wheel”, while most recently, she portrayed Detective Mare Sheehan in the TV mini-series “Mare of Easttown”, a small-town detective who investigates a murder all while trying to keep her life from falling apart.
Before Edward, Kate was married two times and had two children. Her first husband was Jim Threapleton, from 1998 to 2001. She has a daughter with Jim named Mia, born in 2000.
She married director Sam Mendes in 2003, and divorced in 2011. She has a son with Mendes named Joe, born in 2003.
According to reports, Kate Winslet’s net worth has been estimated at $65 million as of late 2022.