Ami Brown is a remarkable woman who has faced many challenges and adventures in her life. She is best known as the matriarch of the Brown family, who star in the popular reality TV show Alaskan Bush People. The show follows the family’s journey of living off the grid and surviving the harsh wilderness of Alaska. Ami Brown was born in Texas, and married Billy Brown when she was only 15 years old. Together, they raised seven children and traveled across the states in a van before settling in Alaska. In 2017, Ami was diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer and underwent intensive treatment that left her weak and frail. However, she never gave up hope and fought bravely against the disease. She is now in remission and continues to inspire her fans with her faith and courage. Ami Brown is a true example of resilience and strength in the face of adversity. Follow with us to learn more about Ami Brown as we uncover her biography details such as her age, net worth, family, cancer and more so.
Amora Larene Branson Brown
Date of birth
August 28, 1963
Place of birth
Late Billy Brown (m. 1979 – d. 2021)
Earlene Branson and Hugh L. Branson
Les Branson (brother)
Matthew Jeremiah Brown, Joshua Bam Bam Brown, Solomon Isaiah Freedom Brown, Gabriel Starbuck Brown, Noah Darkcloud Brown, Amora Jean Snowbird Brown, Merry Christmas Kathryn Raindrop Brown
Reality TV star
Alaskan Bush People
Stage 3 lung cancer in 2017
Radiation and chemotherapy
5 feet 4 inches (163 cm)
104 pounds (47 kg)
Gardening, reading, knitting, cooking
Wild berries and salmon
Early Life; How old is she now?
Full name Ami Bryan Brown was born on August 28, 1963, in Texas, U.S. Ami grew up in her hometown with her elder sibling Les Branson. There is not much information about her childhood and upbringing. If her words are anything to go by Ami grew up in an abusive family. Eugene Branson and Earlene Branson are her father and mother.
An early bloomer Ami left the house in her teenage year and got married at the age of fifteen.
Love at first sight and marriage: Ami Brown married to Billy Brown
Ami and her late husband Billy Brown met way back in 1979. According to Billy’s memoir “One Wave At a Time” the two fell in love at first sight. He described her as a beautiful young woman that he ever met. Billy, 26 and Ami, a young 15 walk down the aisle on June 16, 1979. Before this marriage, Billy was married to Brenda. After five years and two children, Billy separated from his first wife.
After marriage, Billy ran a small plumbing business in Texas. However, Billy was not content with his every day 9 to 5 work. Ami herself a pioneer minded felt the same urge and agreed to look for something new. The couple traveled across the United States in a family truck. Later to fund the travel to Alaska the couple sold their vehicle and other equipment. In the mid-eighties, Ami, Bill, and their two babies, Matt Brown three years at the time and Joshua Brown 18 months board on a ship and landed in Wrangell, Alaska.
Newfound challenges in Alaska
Things did not go well in their first two years. Financially strived Bill had to work labor jobs in order to sustain the family. The couple even got stranded in a trapper sack for 18 months on Mosman Island. What does not kill you makes you stronger, once rescued and returned to the port they had a new sense of understanding towards the wilderness and surviving in Alaska. Despite the scare, the couple chose to stay in Alaska.
Over the years Ami and husband Billy lived in different places of Alaska which includes Haines, Juneau, Hoonah, Wrangell, and Chicago Island. Of all places, they settled in Copper River Valley and call it home. While Matt and Joshua were born in Texas Ami gave birth other five more children in Alaska.
Around 2010 to 2013 Brown’s mostly lived in lower 48 states and in 2018 they relocated to Washington to care for cancer-stricken Ami Brown.
Her husband Billy passed away on February 7, 2021
Billy passed away on February 7, 2021, at the age of 68. He died of a seizure in Washington state. He left behind a legacy of love, adventure, and freedom. He will be dearly missed by his wife, children, grandchildren, fans, and friends.
Billy Brown was a loving husband, father, and pioneer. He was a leader of the wolfpack and a star of the Alaskan bush. He was a legend in his own right. He will always be remembered as an extraordinary man who lived an extraordinary life.
Ami Brown Children, who are they?
In their long committed marriage, Ami and Billy Brown have given birth to seven children. Their oldest sons Matt and Joshua Brown were born in Texas. The other five children Bear, Gabe, Noah, Snowbird and Rain Brown were born in Alaska and raised there. The Brown family residence is located in the remote Copper River Valley, Alaska. The extensive coverage of their lifestyle can also be seen on Discovery reality show Alaskan Bush People.
Ami Brown net worth
Ami Brown’s net worth is estimated to be around $500,000 M as of 2024. The primary source of income is from TV show Alaskan Bush People. Meanwhile, her real-life job is to feed every member of the family. To ensure that she performed gardening and grew vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Her other job is to act as navigator of the family since she is well familiar with the roads and bushes of Alaska.
Health Scare Cancer Battle
Ami Brown was diagnosed with Stage III non-small-cell lung cancer in April 2017. Initially recognized as third stage cancer, it got worsened to the fourth. Ami shared she was given a three percent survival chance. At one point, she lost her weight from 128 pounds to 89 pounds.
Ami underwent two rounds of chemo at UCLA medical center. She had a positive response from the second chemo clearing the masses from her lung. Alongside other treatments, Ami underwent a four-month course of chemotherapy with radiation which was a success. As of 2024 cancer has gone under remission, Ami is said to be cancer-free.
Brown family trouble with the law
In October of 2014, the Brown family, Billy Brown, Ami Brown and four of their children (sons) were charged with a total of 60 counts of first-degree unsworn falsification and first- and second-degree theft. Between 2010 to 2013 they falsely claimed dividend fees from the government. According to the investigation manager, they were out of Alaska for more than 180 days a year between October 2009 and August 2012. Billy and Bam Bam took a plea deal to protect matriarch Ami and other siblings. Father and son spent 30 days under house arrest with ankle monitoring and 40 hours of community service.