What is the net worth of John Grisham?
John Grisham is a well-known American author with a $400 million fortune. Every year, Grisham earns between $50 and $80 million in royalties and advances from his books and movies.
John Grisham’s books have sold over 300 million copies worldwide during his career. His legal thrillers are well-known. He published his first novel, “A Time to Kill,” in 1989, and has since penned 28 straight number one bestsellers, with his books selling more than 300 million copies. Grisham is also an activist and politician who served in the Mississippi House of Representatives for six years as a member of the Democratic Party.
Early Years and the Start of a Career
In 1955, John Ray Grisham Jr., the second of five siblings, was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas. His father, John, worked in construction, while his mother, Wanda, was a stay-at-home mom. When Grisham was four years old, his family relocated to Southaven, Mississippi. He wanted to be a baseball player as a kid, and he also became a fervent Christian, citing his conversion to Christianity as the most important event in his life. When he was a youngster, Grisham worked as a plant waterer, a plumber, and a salesclerk, among other odd occupations. Grisham was inspired by his mother to pursue a higher education and attended Northwest Mississippi Community College and Delta State University in Cleveland, eventually changing universities three times until earning his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Mississippi State University. He enrolled in the University of Mississippi School of Law with the intention of becoming a tax lawyer; however, he changed his mind and received his JD in civil litigation in 1981.
Grisham practised criminal law for over a decade before serving as a Democrat in the Mississippi House of Representatives from 1984 to 1990, representing the seventh district. Meanwhile, he acquired the inspiration for his first book while hanging out in court and overhearing a young girl telling a jury about her horrible abuse story. Grisham’s speculations about the case resulted in “A Time to Kill,” a three-year project. The book was finally published in 1989 by the relatively unknown Wynwood Press, after being rejected by 28 publishers.
Grisham expanded his literary vision beyond the courtroom with 2001’s “A Painted House,” focusing more broadly on the rural American South. He continued, though, to write legal thrillers, releasing at least one every year. “The Summons,” a suspense novel, sent the author back to the top of the bestseller lists in 2002. “The Last Juror,” published in 2004, and “The Broker,” published in 2005, are two other hits from this time period. Grisham has also authored sports and humour fiction, such as “Bleachers,” “Playing for Pizza,” “Calico Joe,” and the original screenplay for the baseball film “Mickey,” among others. He’s also created a series of middle-grade legal thrillers that follow the adventures of thirteen-year-old aspiring lawyer Theodore Boone. Novels like “The Litigators,” “The Racketeer,” “Rogue Lawyer,” and “Camino Island” helped the author maintain his popularity in the 2010s.
Renee Jones has been Grisham’s wife since 1981, and the couple has two children, Shea and Ty. Aside from law and writing, Grisham has been a lifelong baseball fan who in 1996 developed a $3.8 million youth baseball complex in Covesville, Virginia. He also gave $1.2 million to the Virginia Cavaliers, which went toward the reconstruction of Davenport Field at the University of Virginia. Grisham also devotes his time to a number of humanitarian issues, including serving on the board of directors of the Innocence Project, which seeks to exonerate and liberate those who have been wrongfully imprisoned. In addition to appearances on “Dateline NBC,” PBS’s “Bill Moyers Journal,” and The New York Times, Grisham has used his advocacy to promote his books.
Grisham and his family live in a Victorian mansion outside of Oxford, Mississippi, as well as homes in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Destin, Florida, as well as a Chapel Hill condo.