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John Grisham net worth:
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John Ray Grisham Jr. was born on 8 February 1955, in Jonesboro, Arkansas USA, and is primarily famous as a writer, but also as a lawyer, television and film producer, as well as a politician. Grisham’s success as a writer began in 1989 with the publication of his first work “A Time to Kill”. Two years later, Grisham came out with his first best-selling book “The Firm”, which sold over seven million copies worldwide. The success of Grisham’s novels not only put him alongside such authors as J. K. Rowling and Tom Clancy, but also resulted in movie adaptations of the majority of his works.

How rich is John Grisham then? According to sources, John Grisham’s net worth is estimated to be $200 million. The majority of John Grisham’s net worth comes from writing.

John Grisham Net Worth $200 Million

John Grisham  but spent most of his childhood travelling until his family settled down in Mississippi. He first enrolled at college in Senotobia, Mississippi, but then attended Delta State University in Cleveland, before actually graduating from Mississippi State University in 1977 with a BS degree in accounting. He later graduated in 1981 with a JD degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law with his main interest in general civil litigation.

Before his rise to fame as an author, Grisham worked a variety of jobs, including a salesclerk, a plumbing contractor and others. Grisham subsequently practised law ten years, and was also elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives from 1984-90. Both of these sub-careers profited his net worth, however, Grisham’s job as a lawyer came to a halt in 1991, with the successful release of the novel “The Firm”. Prior to that, Grisham tried to publish his first book called “A Time to Kill” but met with 28 rejections by publishers until it was picked up by Wynwood Press, and “The Firm” followed soon after that. With initial focus on law and attorneys, Grisham began expanding his topics and settings, and presented his novel “A Painted House”, which is set outside of the legal thriller genre. The novel was soon adapted into a movie, where the main characters were portrayed by Logan Lerman and Scott Glenn.

So far, John Grisham has written 27 books, a “Theodore Boone” series that consists of four novels, one book of short stories, as well as two non-fiction works. An author of legal thriller and crime fiction novels, John Grisham has now sold over 275 million copies and is considered to be one of the most successful writers, and his net worth has benefited accordingly.

Further, the majority of John Grisham’s novels have been adapted into movies. The first was  “The Firm” which was released in 1993 and had Tom Cruise play one of the lead roles. The most recent is “Christmas with the Kranks” released in 2004. Three more movies based on Grisham’s works are to be releasded in the future, namely “The Associate”, “The Testament” and “Calico Joe”. In addition to that, three of his novels have been adapted into television series, which are “The Client”, “The Street Lawyer” and more recently “The Firm” with Josh Lucas and Molly Parker.

In John Grisham’s personal life, he has been married to Renee since 1981, and they have two children. Grisham’s contributions to the literary world have been rewarded with the “John Grisham Room”, an archive of his written works kept at the Mississippi State University Libraries.


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Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Firm 2012 TV Series novel - 22 episodes
Christmas with the Kranks 2004 novel "Skipping Christmas"
Mickey 2004
The Street Lawyer 2003 TV Movie characters
Runaway Jury 2003 novel "The Runaway Jury"
A Painted House 2003 TV Movie novel
The Gingerbread Man 1998 story
The Rainmaker 1997 novel
The Chamber 1996 novel
A Time to Kill 1996 novel "A Time To Kill"
The Client 1995-1996 TV Series characters from novel - 21 episodes
The Client 1994 novel
The Pelican Brief 1993 book
The Firm 1993 novel

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Street Lawyer 2003 TV Movie executive producer
A Time to Kill 1996 producer
The Rainmaker TV Series executive producer announced
The Firm 2012 TV Series executive producer - 22 episodes
Mickey 2004 producer

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mickey 2004 Commissioner
A Painted House 2003 TV Movie Narrator (voice, uncredited)

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
CBS This Morning 2015-2016 TV Series Himself - Author / Himself - Novelist
Today 2007-2014 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Charlie Rose 2006-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Colbert Report 2007-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Piers Morgan Tonight 2011 TV Series Himself
Hot Coffee 2011 Documentary Himself
The One Show 2010 TV Series Himself
Bill Moyers' Journal 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Forbes Celebrity 100: Who Made Bank? 2006 TV Movie Himself
Mississippi Rising 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Culture Show 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
The Daily Show 2005 TV Series Himself
Waking in Mississippi 1998 Documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bloomberg Game Changers 2011 TV Series documentary Himself - Author
Francis Ford Coppola Directs 'John Grisham's The Rainmaker' 2007 Video documentary short Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 Golden Nymph Monte-Carlo TV Festival Outstanding International Producer (Drama Series) The Firm (2012) · Lukas Reiter
· John Morayniss
2004 Edgar Edgar Allan Poe Awards Best Motion Picture Screenplay Runaway Jury (2003) · Brian Koppelman (screenplay)
· David Levien (screenplay)
· Rick Cleveland (screenplay)
· Matthew Chapman (screenplay)
1998 USC Scripter Award USC Scripter Award The Rainmaker (1997) · Francis Ford Coppola (screenwriter)

TitleSalary
Runaway Jury (2003) $8,000,000
The Chamber (1996) $3,750,000
A Time to Kill (1996) $6,000,000
The Firm (1993) $100,000

#Fact
1 John, Renee, and their children have lived in Charlottesville, VA for the past several years. Technically he does still own the house in Oxford, but they haven't really lived in it even before the tacky "manufactured housing" community formed right next door.
2 It takes him six months to write a novel.
3 His first novel 'A Time To Kill' took three years to complete and was rejected by 28 publishers.
4 Did not start writing until he was 29 years old.
5 Does not participate in the screen adaptations of his novels after the movie rights have been secured.
6 Is totally opposed to the concept of cameras in courtrooms.
7 According to his publisher Doubleday, as of 2008 his books have sold over 235 million copies worldwide.
8 Donated $5 million after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and Mississippi.
9 Lifelong Democrat. Endorsed Hillary Clinton for President.
10 In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated his earnings for the year at $9 million.
11 Credits Brian Garfield's article "Ten Rules For Suspense Fiction" with giving him the tools to create "The Firm.".
12 Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, Vol. 133, pp. 234-241. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
13 Has casting approval rights for movies based on his novels.
14 Has sold 60,742,288 copies of his books, making him the best-selling author of the 1990s.
15 Coaches little league baseball.
16 Was a lawyer before becoming a writer.
17 Received bachelor's degree from Mississippi State University

#Quote
1 I grew up in a very small, close-knit, Southern Baptist family, where everything was off-limits. So I couldn't wait to get to college and have some fun. And I did for the first two years. And I regret a lot of it, because my grades were in terrible shape. I never got in serious trouble, except for my grades.

#Trademark
1 Writes novels that are usually based around the justice system
2 Writes novels about main characters that are from the Southeastern United States
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