Who is Benjamin Hoeksema?
Benjamin Oliver Hoeksema was born in Auckland, New Zealand of Caucasian ethnicity. He is an architect who is probably best recognized for being a former partner of a famous actress Rose McIver. Rose is best known for her memorable roles in successful and popular movies such as “The Lovely Bones”, “Petals on the Wind” and “The Piano” and for being a part of the TV series entitled “iZombie”.
Early Life and Education
As both Rose and Benjamin agreed that they want Benjamin to stay under the radar, they did everything in their power to keep his privacy. Rose almost never talked about him in her interviews, so she never revealed any part of his personal life to public. Meantime Benjamin tried to stay as far from the media as possible and managed in doing so. Therefore, no information about his birthday, childhood, parents or family is available. It is only known that he is very close to his parents, as he often posts pictures with them on his social media accounts. However, their identity has not been revealed to the public.
The only thing known about his early life is that he was always extremely creative, and was fascinated by design, but especially with the design of the buildings’ exteriors. According to sources close to him, Benjamin could spend several days straight doing his own research on some of the most famous buildings and people who were in charge of creating them. He was lucky enough to have found his passion at such an early age. That is why after matriculating from a local high school in Auckland, New Zealand, he attended university with his major being architecture, and after four years graduated with excellent grades, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Design.
Following his graduation from university, he immediately received several job offers, as New Zealand’s architects recognized his undoubted talent and devotion to work. He gained success shortly after his first job and numerous other opportunities opened for him. Therefore, during the next several years, he engaged in a great number of design and architecture projects which added significantly to his net worth as well as to his success and recognition.
After a few years, he had managed to accumulate enough money to follow his greatest dream. Namely, Benjamin always wanted to found his own company where he wouldn’t have to follow other people’s ideas, but create and bring to life his own. Therefore, he invested his money in creating a company entitled “Hoeksema Decorating Limited”, located in his hometown, and established under his full name on the 25th October 2013. The company mostly signs contracts with other businesses or individuals who want their houses or buildings decorated or painted.
Benjamin’s Personal Life
Benjamin met his former girlfriend Rose McIver back in 2005 in their hometown of Auckland, and they immediately hit it off, and started going out. As Rose was a celebrity even then, they agreed that they would keep Benjamin out of the spotlight. Therefore, he hardly ever appeared with Rose in public, almost never came with her to her premiers, and neither Rose nor Benjamin ever posted pictures of each other on their social media accounts. Rose mentioned Hoeksema only a few times in her interviews, however, she told a journalist that in 2011 they decided to buy a house in Wellington together, and they moved in after the redecoration was over. However, Rose soon needed to move to a high end neighborhood in Los Angeles called Silver Lake because of her job, so their relationship became a long-distance one. However, she stated that they talk via Skype on a daily basis and that they love each other so much that they managed to learn how to keep their relationship healthy and loving despite all the complications occurring due to her job.
Even though there has been no information regarding their break-up, apparently Benjamin and Rose are not together anymore; as of late 2017, Rose started posting pictures with romantic captions with another man, who is George Byrne, a photographer from Auckland. That is how we now know that Benjamin and Rose’s relationship ended sometime around 2017.
For this guy’s birthday I am giving him…. the season five premiere of iZombie tonight! Five years of the Buckdog making me laugh on set. What a treat. Thanks @robertearlbuckley ! pic.twitter.com/1TR0iBO26n
— Rose McIver (@imrosemciver) May 2, 2019
Social Media Presence and Net Worth
Benjamin is active on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with less than 1,000 followers, because as previously mentioned, he likes to keep his personal life as private as possible. However, according to his open profiles, it can be seen that he is really close to his parents, that he loves travelling, and that he is very fond of animals. Speaking about his net worth, sources estimate that his net worth is over $1 million, and that he earns much more than the average salary of a New Zealand architect which is $40,000, but according to estimates, he counts his annual salary at over $200,000.