James Patterson’s Net Worth

Author James Patterson is known for how fast he writes his books and that has led to a successful career as a writer. He has topped Forbes highest earning author list three times and is usually in the top ten every year. That begs the question, what is James Patterson’s Net Worth.

Patterson’s books have sold over 300 million copies and he hold the title as the first person to sell 1 million e-books. He has written over 200 books and has donated millions of dollars in grants and scholarships with the goal of pushing for Americans of all ages to read books more often.

James Patterson’s Net Worth

Author James Patterson
James Patterson’s net worth

With a successful career like Patterson’s, you would guess that he is probably a billionaire. That would be incorrect but you wouldn’t be too far off. James Patterson’s net worth is roughly around $800 million dollars as of December 2022.

Born on March 22, 1947, in Newburgh, New York, Patterson was raised by his mother who was a homemaker and teacher, and his father who was an insurance broker. Patterson graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English from Manhattan College and an M.A. in English from Vanderbilt University.

Soon after, Patterson was became an advertiser but retired in 1966 and pursued writing. His first novel was published in 1976 titled The Thomas Berryman Number and featured Alex Cross. Since 1976, Patterson has been writing books consistently and has written over 200 since then. His successful career includes more than 114 New York Times bestselling novel and 16 of them were the #1 New York Times bestsellers, a Guinness World Record.


Patterson may be on his way to becoming a billion in the next two to four years. Not many authors become billionaire. J.K. Rowling has been able to accomplish that status but that was partly due to the Harry Potter movie franchise and the Harry Potter theme parks. Only time will tell but even then, Patterson has earned more than enough to worry about something like that.

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7 thoughts on “James Patterson’s Net Worth

  1. gizmos16201 says:

    I am a huge book lover my entire life, I learned many of my skills today from reading books. James Patterson is one of my favorite authors, so this article telling me more about him especially interested me.


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