Published on March 24 2014
Bill Watterson Net Worth : $200 Million
Known for creating a little boy and his anthropomorphic stuffed tiger friend, Bill Watterson has made his mark in the comic book industry. The author of Calvin and Hobbes spent most of his childhood drawing and the habit followed him through his school life. His discovery of comics like the popular Peanuts motivated his desire to become a professional cartoonist.
He obtained a B.A in Political Science from Kenyon College, which he felt would boost his cartooning career. He continued to develop his artistic talent while in college contributing cartoon ideas to the school newspaper.
Watterson worked as a designer for an advertising agency after an unsuccessful stint at the Cincinnati Post. In 1985, the first Calvin and Hobbes comic was published. He drew the title characters’ names from the reformer John Calvin and philosopher Thomas Hobbes as a tribute to his political science background. He had a strong view on art and comics and even resisted merchandising of his work despite the massive success it had exhibited claiming that it cheapened his comic.
After concluding Calvin and Hobbes in 1995, Watterson now focuses on painting and has kept a low public profile. He has been credited with changing the format of the Sunday comic strip in order to increase efficiency in drawing and captioning. The multiple award winner is currently worth $200 million.