Anna Kate Denver: Everything To Know About Late John Denver’s Adopted Daughter

By Anuja Uprety | Published on: February 2, 2024 | Updated on: February 2, 2024
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Anna Kate Denver is the adopted daughter of the late American country singer, John Denver. One of her father’s three children, Anna is the only one who avoids the spotlight most of her life. As a result, there’s much concern about what she is up to these days. 

It’s not unknown that Anna’s famous father John died in a fatal plane crash on October 12, 1997. One of the greatest singers, he made a huge contribution to the American music industry with several hits like Leaving Me on Jet Plane, Sunshine on My Shoulders, and many more.

Here in this article, let’s have a look at the late John’s daughter’s inside life. Is she a singer like her late father?

Key Takeaways

  • Anna is in the limelight as the adopted daughter of the late singer John Denver.
  • She is of Japanese-American descent.
  • Anna is an alumnus of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
  • She has two siblings.
  • She is married to her husband Jaime Hutter and has a daughter with him.
  • She now resides in Wanaka, New Zealand. Anna is involved in swimming activities in her current residence.

Is John Denver’s Adopted Daughter: What Is Her Age Now?

Born in 1976, Anna is 48 as of 2024. Soon after her birth, she was adopted by one of the most admired singers of all time, John Denver, and his first wife, Annie Martell.

Her adoptive parents raised her in their home in Aspen, Colorado until she was 6. After that, her mom and dad separated, and she lived with her mom. But her dad maintained contact with her, often visiting her while he was still alive.

Who Are Biological Parents?

The identity of her biological parents is still under wraps. Even her adoptive father never knew who actually birthed Anna. Back in the year 1979, John’s unsung stories were covered by People magazine, and at the time, Annie talked about their children,

“I feel an incredible bond with the women who gave birth to them. But they are totally our children.”

John also quipped, “How did we ever live without those little children?”

The singer further added his deep relationship with his both son and daughter and said that they were always meant to be together.

Anna Kate Denver's adoptive parents during an event.
Anna’s biological parents have never come to the spotlight.

Though the information about Anna’s birth parents is unavailable, it is confirmed that one of the two was Japanese.

Anna’s Ethnicity And Education

The celebrity daughter, Anna is Japanese-American by ethnicity and further, she is an American when it comes to her nationality.

Talking about her education, she attended Dartmouth; an Ivy League institution. While studying there, she competed as a rower in the season of the 1979 Women’s Cup and was awarded the prize for Service and Dedication as well.

Siblings: Anna Kate Has One Brother And A Sister

Anna has an older brother named Zachary John Denver who was born on May 23, 1974. Like Anna, her brother, Zak, is also an adopted child of her parents since their father was said to be sterile at the time.

But with a miracle, her father later welcomed his only biological child, Jesse Belle Deutschendorf together with his second wife, Cassandra Delaney. Anna’s half-sister, Jesse, was born in May 1989.

Anna Kate Denver with her brother and sister.
Anna has two siblings.

Despite growing up in different households, the Denver siblings share quite a good bond as their father always kept them close. In the year 2011, Kate was spotted alongside her brother, a former politician, and her sister, an artist, during John Denver’s Music Hall of Fame induction event.

Anna Always Worked On Protecting Her Late Father’s Legacy

Though she leads a private life, Anna never misses out when it comes to serving her dad’s legacy. At first, Anna and her older brother, Zac, fought Internal Revenue Service efforts which had made an argument regarding John’s estate saying, “the value of Denver’s $19-million estate was understated by $2.5 million.” Later, they successfully won the case and collected the money.

Further, as a daughter, she is also quite appreciative of her father’s commendable work. Back in 2011, John was inducted into the new Colorado Music Hall of Fame, and Anna also made a speech in her father’s honor from her home in New Zealand. She said:

“My dad’s legacy, his work and his music, has always spoken well for itself,” There are people all around the world who haven’t lost sight of that. And this will be a great opportunity to rekindle that and to attract newer audiences and younger listeners — and to reward the people who have been devoted fans all these year.”

Denver also added that her dad has the best fans in the world which he hasn’t lost even after his death.

Is Married To Her Husband Jaimie Matthew Hutter

Late John Denver’s daughter, Anna tied the knot with the native of Wanaka, New Zealand. Jaimie Hutter in 2003. The now-married couple first came across at Dartmouth College as both of them were on the rowing team.

Soon, they fell in love and eventually shared vows in the low-key wedding ceremony held at Anna’s mom’s house.

Anna Kate Denver's husband, Jaimie, in a self-portrait.
Anna got married to her husband in 2003.

After their wedding, the husband-wife duo moved to New Zealand.

They Have A Daughter Together

They now have a daughter named Daisy Eloise, who is currently 12 years of age. Anna gave birth to her only known child on December 12, 2011.

Short Career Details Of Her Spouse

Her hubby, Jaimie, previously worked in Finance in New York and San Francisco. Later, after shifting to his home country, he joined PRIORI Skincare based in Wanaka as CFO. At present, he is a Private Equity investor and Investment Banker.

In addition to this, he is also a philanthropist.

What Does Anna do? Is She A Singer Like Her Late Dad?

No, Anna is not a singer. Instead, she once was into entrepreneurship. Back in 2004, she started running the Wanaka Stonehouse Bed & Breakfast Boutique Lodge, together with her husband, near their residence in Wanaka. She served in the position of Director in the lodge.

But as of now, it looks like she has already sold the lodge. Going through its website, we found out that it is now hosted by the South Island native, Alan and Noeline.

What Is Doing Today?

At present, Anna resides together with her family in Wanaka, New Zealand. At her current place, she is highly recognized as a Lake Wanaka swimmer and boat enthusiast. Anna is highly involved with the Wanaka Community Board in identifying the Roys Bay swimming area.

Her Net Worth

Anna is reported to have a net worth of $100k. On the other hand, her late dad, John Denver, had an estimated net worth of $60 million at the time of his death.