David Ayer was born on 18 January 1968, in Champaign, Illinois USA, and is a film director, producer and screenwriter, best known as the writer of the film “Training Day”, and the director/writer/producer of the films “Harsh Times”, “Street Kings”, “End of Watch”, “Sabotage”, “Fury” and “Suicide Squad”.
A noted filmmaker, how rich is David Ayer at present? According to sources in early 2017, Ayer has earned a wealth over $10 million, his net worth having been accumulated largely through his involvement in the film industry which began in the late 1990s.
David Ayer Net Worth $10 million
Ayer grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota, and Bethesda, Maryland. After his parents kicked him out of their house in his teenage years, he went to Los Angeles, California, to live with a cousin. He eventually dropped out of school and joined the United States Navy as a submariner. Following a long stint in the military, he began working in construction and eventually started to write short stories. Upon meeting screenwriter Wesley Strick, Ayer entered the world of screenwriting.
He went on to join the writing team for the 2000 war film “U-571”, basing his story on his experiences in the Navy. The film was a great commercial and critical success, earning Ayer a decent amount of recognition and increasing his net worth significantly.
Around the same time he was hired to pen the acclaimed, Academy Award-winning neo-noir crime thriller film “Training Day”, which brought him his first real taste of fame and greatly contributed to his wealth. He also made a cameo appearance in the film as a Russian mafia hitman.
Opportunities continued to come Ayer’s way, and he went on to co-write the script for films such as “The Fast and the Furious”, “Dark Blue” and “S.W.A.T.”. His follow-up as a solo writer was the 2005 crime film “Harsh Times”, in which he also made his directing and producing debut, expanding his resume and reinforcing his reputation in the filmmaking world, and further expanding his fortune. Two years later he directed the crime thriller “Street Kings”, in which he also made a cameo appearance as a gang member prisoner. Ayer then served as the writer, director and co-producer of the 2012 crime drama film “End of Watch”, which became a great success, both critically and commercially, greatly adding to his wealth. In 2014 he co-wrote, directed and co-produced the action mystery-thriller film “Sabotage”, also a great hit, and served as the writer, director and co-producer of the acclaimed war film “Fury” in the same year. One of his most recent projects was the 2016 superhero film “Suicide Squad”, which he wrote and directed, and in which he also made a cameo appearance as a prison guard. Cementing his reputation of a talented filmmaker, Ayer’s work on such major projects catapulted him to stardom, increasing his net worth significantly.
He is currently involved in the upcoming fantasy film “Bright” and in the DC villains film “Gotham City Sirens”, the spin-off of “Suicide Squad”, serving as the director and one of the producers in both films.
The noted screenwriter, director and producer, whose projects are mostly filmed in Los Angeles, frequently involve LAPD and whose main characters are mostly anti-heroes, has established himself as a major figure in Hollywood. Such success has enabled him to amass a sizable fortune.
When it comes to his personal life, Ayer is married to Maria, but other details are sketchy.
His movies often reference the US Military (The US Navy in U-571 (2000), Christian Bale's character Jim Davis was a former US Army Ranger who served in the Gulf War in Harsh Times (2005), Jake Gyllenhaal's character Brian Taylor is a former US Marine turned LAPD Officer in End of Watch (2012), and the US Army in Fury (2014).
Revised the script for 'DJ Caruso''s thriller Taking Lives (2004).
Friend and mentor Wesley Strick managed to get him his first big break in Hollywood as a script doctor.
Unproduced scripts: 'Making the Corps', a boot camp film set on Parris Island for Jersey Films, and 'Squids', a fantastic thriller set in a submarine for Art Linson, that David Fincher planned to direct for a short time.
Spent most of his time as a teenager on the most troubled streets of South Central Los Angeles.
[on editing] And that's one of the toughest things about writing, shooting, and directing a film, is you end up with these orphans and you fucking love them and you think they'd be amazing scenes and do these amazing things but the film is a dictatorship (laughs), not a democracy, and just because something's cool and charismatic doesn't mean it gets to survive in the final cut. The flow of the movie is the highest master. 
"It was a distortion... a mercenary decision to create this parallel history in order to drive the movie for an American audience... Both my grandparents were officers in World War Two, and I would be personally offended if somebody distorted their achievements." - on his U-571 screenplay.