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Ross Burningham Net Worth | Wife (Ricki Lake)

What is Ross Burningham’s net worth? Who is Ross Burningham’s wife?


Ross Burningham has achieved a lot in his life—but he didn’t capture our collective attention until he married 90’s talk show queen, Ricki Lake, in January of 2022.

The loved up pair went public with their romance on a talk show—with Ricki talking about her new lover on the Good Morning America show in January of 2021.

But what else do we know about Ross Burningham?

We did some deep digging, and here’s what we found out.

The Origin Story

Ross Burningham was born on February 10, 1967, in Chula Vista, California—between San Diego and the Mexican border.

A California boy by nature, he now lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife—Ricki Lake—and the couple’s dog.


Throughout high school and college, Ross—who stands at a solid 6 foot 1—was an athlete.

He played volleyball, even representing his alma mater, Brigham Young University, at NCAA level on the men’s volleyball team.

While Brigham Young University, in the heart of Mormon country, is a private college affiliated formally with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it is unclear whether this was Burningham’s motivation for enrolling.

Brigham Young—also known by its students as the Y—runs a highly competitive law program, and it was here that Burningham earned a Juris Doctor from Brigham Young University Law School.

He graduated cum laude, and also earned a graduate degree in Accounting.

Ross has adult children from a previous relationship, who also live in California, he enjoys the outdoors—and his wife often posts photos of the pair hiking or enjoying time on the beach together.

Not Just A Pretty Face

Ross Burningham and his wife Ricki Lake


Burningham might be famous to us as Ricki Lake’s hubby, but he’s a pretty big deal in his own right.

He has been consistently voted one of the Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Private Equity, Venture Capital Law, and Leveraged Buyouts.

He earned the San Diego Venture Capital Lawyer of the Year title in 2015, and another Lawyer of the Year title for Private Equity two years later.

Burningham is known to counsel startups through every stage of growth.

He also has his hands full working across a wide expanse of industries—from tech to digital media to software and healthcare—when it comes to coaching and strategy.

What we’re saying is: the man is no trophy husband.

And Then Came Ricki

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Ross Burningham and Ricki Lake attend as the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures presents “John Waters: Pope of Trash” Opening Night at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures – @Getty

Ricki Lake hardly needs an introduction.

In September 1993, she became the youngest ever syndicated talk show host, when her show—Ricki Lake—aired internationally.

She was only 24 years old at the time, and the show would go on for a whopping 11 seasons.

The New Ricki Lake Show aired in 2012, but was not picked up for a second season—despite Lake winning a Daytime Emmy for the show.

Lake once appeared on the Oprah Show and gave her host credit for inviting her to sit in the audience and explore backstage, to “get a feel” for what the young up and comer could expect.

Ricki Lake also starred in 1988’s hit movie, Hairspray, as Tracy Tumblad.

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Love & Marriage

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Jerry Dixon, Ricki Lake, Mario Cantone, and Ross Burningham attend the screening of “Hairspray” – @Getty

Ross Burningham dated Ricki Lake for nine months before he popped the question in a hot tub.

The pair met at the start of 2020 after a mutual friend introduced them.

The friend, who ran into Lake while on a fundraising walk, asked her if she was single.

When she said she was, he knew he had the perfect guy for her.

The pair went Instagram official with their relationship when Ricki Lake posted a photo of the couple alongside the caption: “LOVE.” Then, in February of 2021, she announced their engagement, introducing Ross formally and sharing her excitement.

It wasn’t until a few months later that Ross eventually landed on the perfect ring, but when he did, Lake was quick to take to social media to show it off.

The couple got married in an outdoor ceremony overlooking the Pacific Ocean on January 2, 2022.


Ross Burningham is about 6 ft 2 in (187 cm) tall.

Ross Burningham – Net Worth

So, how much is Ross Burningham worth?

Burningham earned most of his wealth from working as a lawyer. Ross is a partner at Gunderson Dettmer since July 2015.

Previously, Burningham was a partner at DLA Piper from 2008 to 2015.

Therefore, Ross Burningham has an estimated net worth of $5 million.

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