Buzz Bissinger Net Worth

Buzz Bissinger Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Harry Gerard Bissinger III net worth is
$10 Million

Harry Gerard Bissinger III Wiki Biography

Born as Harry Gerrard “H.G.” Bissinger III on the 1st November 1954, in New York City, USA, he is a journalist and author, best known to the world for his bestseller “Friday Night Lights”, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize. Buzz’s career started in the mid- ‘70s.

Have you ever wondered how rich Buzz Bissinger is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources it has been estimated that Bissinger’s net worth is as high as $10 million, an amount earned through his successful career as a writer and journalist.

Buzz Bissinger Net Worth $10 Million

Buzz is the son of Eleanor (nee Lebenthal), a family that owns and runs the Lebenthal Fund at Wall Street, and Harry Gerald Bissinger II, who served as president of Lebenthal & Company. Buzz went to Phillips Academy from which he matriculated in 1972, after which he enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated four years later and during his stint at University, Buzz contributed to the school’s newspaper, The Daily Pennsylvanian, as a sports and opinion editor. Buzz then began gaining experience by working in local newspapers such as Virginia’s Ledger-Star from 1976 until 1978, St. Paul’s Pioneer Press Dispatch from 1978-1981, then The Chicago Tribune where he worked as a investigative reporter, and also worked for The Inquirer from 1981 until 1988.

During his stint at The Inquirer, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his work on discovering corruption in the Philadelphia court system, after which Buzz started working on his book called “Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream”, which centered around the American Football team Permian High School Panthers and their lives in Odessa, Texas. The book became extremely successful, and was later adapted into the film “Friday Night Lights” (2004), and a TV series which lasted from 2006 until 2011, starring Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton and Aimee Teegarden. Buzz has since released several more books, including the sequel “After Friday Night Lights” which came out in 2012; then “A Prayer for the City” (1998), about the Philadelphia political scene; “Thee Nights August” (2005) which also became a bestseller; and “Shooting Stars” (2009) co-written with the Basketball All-Star player LeBron James, the sales of which certainly increased his net worth to a large degree.

His most recent engagement in journalism encompasses work as a contributing editor for Vanity Fair. He has written some of the most memorable articles, including the 11,000-word article about Bruce Jenner’s transition to Caitlyn Jenner in 2015, among many others.

Regarding his personal life, Buzz married Lisa C. Smith in 2003. He has two marriages behind him, firstly to Debrah Stone from 1980 until 1983, and produced two children. His second wife was Sarah Macdonald, with whom he was married from 1985 until 1992; the couple have one child together.

Full NameBuzz Bissinger
Net Worth$10 Million
Date Of BirthNovember 1, 1954
Place Of BirthNew York City, New York, USA
EducationPhillips Academy, University of Pennsylvania
SpouseLisa C. Smith (m. 2003), Sarah Whiting Macdonald (m. 1989–1992), Debra Stone (m. 1981–1986)
ChildrenZach Bissinger
ParentsEleanor Lebenthal Bissinger, Harry Gerard Bissinger II
AwardsPulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting
NominationsOFTA Television Award (2011), USC Scripter Award (2005)
MoviesFriday Night Lights (2004), Shattered Glass (2003)
TV ShowsFriday Night Lights (TV Series, 2006-2011), Friday Night Lights (2004), NYPD Blue (TV Series, 2001)
1His son, Zach Bissinger, is autistic.
2His son, Gary Bissinger, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Buzz's alma mater.
3Favorite songs: "Telephone" by Lady Gaga, "Layla" by Eric Clapton, "Jumping Jack Flash" by The Rolling Stones, "Luckenbach, Texas" by Waylon Jennings, "Knocking on Heaven's Doors" by Bob Dylan.
4He is also a contributing editor to Vanity Fair magazine.
5Is a second cousin of Peter Berg and Mary Berg. Peter directed Friday Night Lights (2004), based on Buzz's book. Buzz's paternal grandmother, Gertrude Louise Winkler, and Peter and Mary's maternal grandfather, Robert Eli Winkler, were siblings. Buzz is thus a second cousin, once removed, of Peter's son, Emmett Berg.
6Awarded Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, 1985-1986.
7Has three sons, H.G. 'Gary' Bissinger IIII, Zachery 'Zack' Stone Bissinger (twins, born in 1985), And Caleb St. John Macdonald Bissinger, (born in 1991).
8Previous newspaper experience includes stints on Norfolk, Virginia's Ledger-Star, 1976-1978, St. Paul's Pioneer Press Dispatch, Minnesota, 1978-1981; investigative reporter at Chicago Tribune, Illinois, and reporter, then editor at the Inquirer, 1981-1988.
9Graduate of University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1976.
10Winner of the National Headliner Award, 1983 and co-recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in 1987, for series on the Philadelphia court system he wrote for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
11His mother, Eleanor Lebenthal Bissinger, is related to the family that founded and runs Wall Street's Lebenthal Fund.


Friday Night Lights2006-2011TV Series book - 75 episodes
Friday Night Lights2004book "Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream" - as H.G. Bissinger
Shattered Glass2003article - as H.G. Bissinger
NYPD BlueTV Series teleplay by - 4 episodes, 2001 story by - 3 episodes, 2001


NYPD Blue2001TV Series co-producer - 19 episodes


I Am Cait2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
60 Minutes Sports2015TV Series documentaryHimself - Author, Friday Night Lights (segment "Friday Night Lights")
Today2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHimself - Vanity Fair Contributing Editor
Good Morning America2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Imus in the Morning2014TV SeriesHimself
Philadelphia: The Great Experiment2013-2014TV SeriesHimself
Piers Morgan Tonight2012-2013TV SeriesHimself
Hardball with Chris Matthews2013TV SeriesHimself
Face the Nation2012TV SeriesHimself - Sports Panelist
Tavis Smiley2012TV SeriesHimself
Reliable Sources2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
'Friday Night Lights': The Story of the 1988 Permian Panthers2005Video documentary shortHimself (as H.G. Bissinger)
Dinner for Five2005TV SeriesHimself
The Jane Pauley Show2004TV SeriesHimself
NFL Films Presents1967TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHimself - Vanity Fair Contributing Editor
Extra2015TV SeriesHimself - Vanity Fair Contributing Editor

Nominated Awards

2011OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Writing in a Drama SeriesFriday Night Lights (2006)
2005USC Scripter AwardUSC Scripter AwardFriday Night Lights (2004)

Known for movies

IMDB Wikipedia

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