Tom Clancy Net Worth

Published on March 25 2014

Tom Clancy Net Worth $300 Million

The world knew him for his elaborately constructed storylines and focus on military science set in the backdrop of The Cold War, Thomas Leo Clancy was arguably one of the most prolific writers of his generation. He graduated from Loyola College in 1969 with an English Literature degree. He later joined the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps but was unable to serve as he suffered from nearsightedness. 

He then proceeded to work at an insurance company and subsequently worked for similar companies before purchasing an agency from his wife’s grandmother in 1980. It was while working there that he started writing novels in his spare time and the result of which was his first novel The Hunt for Red October.

His first book impressed the editor at The Naval Institute Press and its sales exceeded Clancy’s own expectations. The book also received high praise from President Reagan, who described it as his kind of story. Its accuracy in all matters military also led him to rub shoulders with high-ranking U.S military officers.

His subsequent books became even larger successes with four of them being turned into blockbuster films. The use of his name for a series of videogames such as the Splinter Cell series was bought by French firm Ubisoft in 2008.

A self-confessed conservative and Republican, Clancy is also known for his string of interviews after the September 11 terrorist attacks. These interviews came about because his book Debt of Honor, published in 1994, had a plot device similar to the one employed by the terrorists. He was also a lifetime member of the NRA.

The critically acclaimed author passed away in 2013 of an undisclosed illness and left behind an amazing legacy. Through royalties and other related activities, Tom Clancy had acquired a fortune of approximately $300 million at the time of his passing.

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