John Grisham Net Worth $230 Million
He is known as the master of taut legal thrillers, a man who has his finger on the pulse of every reader. John Grisham was born in 1955 in Arkansas. He is the fifth out of five siblings. Growing up, John envisioned himself being a baseball player. He never lived up to his dream, but he still has a burning passion for baseball and rallies behind Mississippi University baseball team.
Prior to breaking out in the writing industry, John did hard-end jobs to make ends meet. In his teenage years, he worked for a nursery where he was paid $1/hour. He later worked in a department store, in the men’s underwear section a job he admits was too humiliating. He decided to quit the job, but a pay rise lured him back.
He graduated with a degree in accounting from Mississippi State University in 1977. He followed up with a degree in law and graduated in 1983 from University of Mississippi School of Law. He fell in love with the law courts and practiced law for a decade.
Grisham’s interest in writing was sparked by a case he overheard in court of a girl who was raped and brutally assaulted. His interest in the story inspired him to write his first novel A time to kill. Grisham found it daunting to find a publisher. No one was interested in publishing an author they had never heard off. The book was rejected 28 times before a little known publishing house (Wynwood Press) decided to give the book a shot. The book became a massive success and by 2012, it had sold over 120 Million copies.
The success of A time to kill motivated him to embark on his second book-The firm. The budding author was on a streak of success. The firm became the bestselling novel of 1991. John Grisham has continued to write books that have received critical acclaim including the Pelican brief and The King of torts. 11 of his books have been adapted in feature films including his first novel.
His knowledge on the law has seen him write a string of books that revolve around legal matters. He is not only a great author, but also a family man. He married his wife in 1981, and they have two children. John Grisham’s efforts have seen him amass a net worth of $230 million.