Author John Grisham is regarded as one of the best authors alive and he has the books and book sales to prove it. The lawyer turned novelist has lived an interesting life and that has led to a great fortune. Find out what John Grisham’s net worth is and how he got there.
Before pursuing a writing career, Grisham was a civil lawyer for a decade. He made his next career change by challenging an incumbent of the Mississippi House of Representatives. Grisham challenged him because he was embarrassed by Mississippi’s national reputation. He won and represented the 7th district and became the vice chairman of the Apportionment and Elections Committee.
In 1988, a new house speaker was elected and Grisham was not in his favor and thus was assigned to minor committee roles. That led to Grisham having more spare time which he used to write his book. His first novel A Time to Kill was rejected 28 times before it was published in 1988. The day after the novel was published, Grisham started working on his next novel, The Firm.
A Regular on The New York Times Best Seller list
That book went on to be on The New York Times Best Seller list for 47 weeks and was the 7th best-selling book of 1991. A movie of the same named was made in 1994 with Tom Cruise starring in it. It was the first of many books that were tuned into movies for Grisham.
Grisham has sold over 300 million copies worldwide and is regularly on The New York Times Best Seller list. He has charted 28 consecutive number-one fiction bestsellers and is one of only three authors to have sold two million copies on a first printing along with Tom Clancy and J. K. Rowling. That is great company to be along with!
John Grisham’s Net Worth
Writing may not have been Grisham’s first career but it has been his most successful one. John Grisham’s net worth is around $400 million and he makes about $50-$80 million from royalties from books/movies and advances.
Having just one best-selling book is a great source of income. But having multiple best-sellers is how you keep the money coming in. Grisham has gotten the formula down and his books are often made into movies, making him even more money. He was able to find his niche with his legal thriller novels and has thrived because of it.