Hunter S. Thompson Net Worth

Hunter S. Thompson Net Worth 2024: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Hunter Stockton Thompson net worth is
$5 Million

Hunter Stockton Thompson Wiki Biography

Hunter Stockton Thompson was born on 18 July 1937, in Louisville, Kentucky USA, of part-Scottish descent. Hunter was an author and journalist, best known for being the founder of the gonzo journalism movement. He travelled in several countries and published numerous books. All of his efforts helped put his net worth to where it was prior to his passing in 2005.

How rich was Hunter S. Thompson? As of late-2016, sources estimate a net worth that was at $5 million, mostly earned through a successful career in journalism. Some of the works included “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved”, and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream”. All of these achievements ensured the position of his wealth.

Hunter S. Thompson Net Worth $5 million

Thompson attended Highland Middle School and later Atherton High School; he then transferred to Louisville Male High School and became part of the Athenaeum Literary Association. As part of the association, Thompson started writing articles, however, he was soon removed from the group after he was charged as an accessory to robbery, for which he served 31 days in prison, after which he enlisted in the US Air Force.

Hunter started training studying electronics, and planned to be an aviator, but his application was rejected. He then moved to Eglin Air Force Base and took night classes at Florida State University. He became a sports editor at “The Command Courier” by lying about his job experience. As part of his job there, he travelled around the country and covered the games of the Eglin Eagles football team. He also wrote for The Playground News, and was eventually honorably discharged in 1957 as Airman First Class.

He then went to work as a sports editor in Jersey Shore before moving to New York City. He worked for Time magazine as a copy boy, but was fired for insubordination. He then worked for The Middletown Daily Record as a reporter, but was also fired due to arguing with a restaurant owner who was an advertiser on the paper. Hunter moved to Puerto Rico and applied to The San Juan Star but was turned down. He then became a stringer for the New York Herald Tribune and returned to the United States, where he would make his first magazine feature in Rogue magazine. He would also write two novels – “Prince Jellyfish” and “The Rum Diary”. Afterwards, he worked for the National Observer, learning about cultures and communities.

Eventually, Thompson started writing about the Hells Angels’ motorcycle club, which led to the creation of “Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs”. After the success of the book, he started publishing articles for several popular magazines, including The New York Times Magazine, Pageant, and Esquire. In 1970, he tried his hand at running for sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado – but lost. He then wrote “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved” which led to the start of gonzo journalism. He would later use the term gonzo in other writings such as “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”, which would become one of his most popular works and a mainstream success. He then worked on “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ‘72”.

Throughout the 1980s and the 1990s, Hunter continued to write articles as well as books. In 2003, he released the collection “Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century”. A few of his last works showcased his return to sports from 2000 to 2005.

For his personal life, it is known that Thompson married Sandra Conklin in 1962 but they divorced in 1980; they have a son. He then married Anita Bejmuk in 2003 and the marriage lasted until his death. In 2005, Hunter was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head, and it was determined that he had committed suicide. The Rolling Stone magazine would publish his suicide note to his wife, entitled “Football Season Is Over”.

Full NameHunter S. Thompson
Net Worth$5 Million
Date Of BirthJuly 18, 1937
DiedFebruary 20, 2005, Woody Creek, Colorado, United States
Place Of BirthLouisville, Kentucky, USA
Height6' 3" (1.91 m)
EducationLouisville Male High School, Atherton High School, Columbia University School of General Studies, Columbia University, Highland Middle School, Florida State University
SpouseAnita Thompson (m. 2003–2005), Sondi Wright (m. 1963–1980)
ChildrenJuan Fitzgerald Thompson
ParentsJack Robert Thompson, Virginia Ray Davison
SiblingsJames Garnet Thompson, Davison Wheeler Thompson, James R. Thompson, Jr.
Music GroupsWe The Kings
NominationsWriters Guild of America Award for Best Documentary Screenplay
MoviesThe Rum Diary, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Fuck, Breakfast with Hunter, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Where the Buffalo Roam, Buttermilk and Cigarettes, The Rum Diary, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Fuck, Breakfast with Hunter, Fear and Loathing in Las ...
1His fast paced, clipped, slurred way of speaking
2Frequently wore hats to cover his bald head
3Often featured characters based on himself and his experiences
4Novels often feature angry rants
5Novels often featured characters who were crazed and self-destructive
6RAF-style sunglasses
7Used a gold tipped cigarette holder, which was also a tar filter
1Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, 'Wow! What a ride!'.
2The only difference between the Sane and the Insane is IN and yet within this word, the Sane have the power to have the Insane locked up.
3Paranoia is just another word for ignorance.
4It's a strange world. Some people get rich and others eat sh*t and die.
5Life is full of odd moments; you never know when you're gonna get defiant.
6Being barred from the White House is like being banned from the Playboy Club. It carries with it a certain distinction.
7Where will it end? How low do you have to stoop in this country to be the President?
8A group photo of the top ten journalists in America on any given day would be a monument to human ugliness.
9[In a letter to a friend] "Yes, once in a while I smile for a picture. See enclosed. It was taken for a passport."
10No one is stealing our freedoms, we're dealing them away.
11It never got weird enough for me.
12[About the September 11, 2001 attack] The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for peace in our time, in the United States or any other country. Make no mistake about it: we are at war now, with somebody, and we will stay at war with that mysterious enemy for the rest of our lives.
13When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.
14Morality is temporary, wisdom is permanent.
15I have a theory that the truth is never told between 9-5 business hours.
16[About conservative politician/writer Pat Buchanan] "We disagree so violently on almost everything that it's a real pleasure to drink with him."
17If you're going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you're going to be locked up.
18Going to trial with a lawyer who considers your whole lifestyle a crime in progress is not a happy prospect.
19Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top.
20Yesterday's weirdness is tomorrow's reason why.
21[about the Edge] There is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.
22We are turning into a nation of whimpering slaves to Fear: fear of war, fear of poverty, fear of random terrorism, fear of getting down-sized or fired because of the plunging economy, fear of getting evicted for bad debts, or suddenly getting locked up in a military detention camp on vague charges of being a terrorist sympathizer.
23Freedom is something that dies unless it's used.
24If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people, including me, would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.
25Call on God, but row away from the rocks.
26Some may never live, but the crazy never die.
27The TV business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs, for no good reason.
28By any accepted standard, I have had more than nine lives. I counted them up once, and there were thirteen times when I should have died.
29The world is still a weird place, despite my efforts to make clear and perfect sense of it.
30The last train out of any station will not be full of nice guys.
31[on Bill Clinton] It's almost embarrassing to talk about Clinton as if he were important. I'd almost prefer Nixon. I'd say Clinton is every bit as corrupt as Nixon, but a lot smoother.
32[After the death of Richard Nixon in 1994] If the right people had been in charge of Nixon's funeral, his casket would have been launched into one of those open-sewage canals that empty into the ocean just south of Los Angeles. He was a swine of a man and a jabbering dupe of a president. Nixon was so crooked that he needed servants to help him screw his pants on every morning. Even his funeral was illegal. He was queer in the deepest way. His body should have been burned in a trash bin.
33When I attended a press conference for Jimmy Carter, I signed more autographs than Carter did. The Secret Service agents didn't know who I was. They thought I was an astronaut.
34I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.
35[Regarding Las Vegas from when he wrote "Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas"] The city's frightening now. That's the basis of my reaction to Las Vegas. It's not the city I wrote about. It's not the same place at all. You'll notice that even the, what do you call them, milestone or trademark casinos are now gone.
36(Concerning Garry Trudeau modeling the "Doonesbury" character "Duke" after him): "I've never met Garry Trudeau, but if I ever do, I'll set him on fire".
1He had his first run-in with the law at age 9, when he and a group of friends knocked a federal mailbox in front of a city bus.
2Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 538-541. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
3Shortly after Ernest Hemingway committed suicide in Ketcham, Idaho, Thompson wrote an article titled, "What Lured Hemingway to Ketcham". Thompson concluded that Hemingway became depressed because all of his favorite haunts, such as Paris and Cuba, had changed, and all of his friends were dead or different. Therefore, Hemingway had nothing to live for.
4Was extremely critical of the Bush administration. He once said "If Nixon were running, I would happily vote for him instead".
5Was a staunch opponent of the Iraq War in his later years.
6Following Richard Nixon's appearance in New Hampshire during the 1968 presidential campaign, he offered Thompson a lift to the airport on the condition that they would only talk about football. Thompson accepted, mostly because he thought Nixon knew nothing about the sport. Nixon turned out to be an avid fan.
7His lifelong antipathy for Richard Nixon was known by the former president, who barred him from the White House.
8One of the most widely quoted lines from tributes and obituaries to him was from one written by Frank Kelly Rich, editor and publisher of Modern Drunkard Magazine: "There was always a powerful comfort in knowing he was out there somewhere in the night, roaring drunk, guzzling high-octane whiskey and railing against a world amok with complacency and hypocrisy."
9When he lived in Big Sur in the early 1960s, a group of religious fanatics moved in next door. He got rid of them by nailing the head of a wild boar to their front door, and putting its entrails in their car.
10When he lived in Big Sur in the early 1960s, his next door neighbor was Joan Baez.
11In 1987 he pleaded no contest to a drunk driving charge in San Francisco.
12When he lived in Big Sur in the early 1960s, he rode his BSA Lightning so much he was known as "The Wild One of Big Sur".
13Critics have often said that his writing style declined noticeably after his first wife, Sandy, divorced him.
14During his adolescence, he and 2 friends broke into and robbed the same Lexington, Ky. gas station on 3 consecutive nights.
15He and two friends he robbed a liquor store by starting a fight with the clerks, then cleaning out the cash register in the confusion.
16His mother was a chronic alcoholic.
17At 15, he made an electric go-kart using a washing machine engine.
18His son Juan graduated from college Magna Cum Laude.
19After covering the 1972 Democratic Convention in Miami for Rolling Stone, Thompson went for an evening swim in the ocean to clear his head. When a light tropical storm blew up, Thompson was caught in a riptide and swept out to sea. He spent the rest of the night fighting to swim back to the beach, finally crawling ashore at 9:00 A.M.
20His favorite pastime was to load a barrel or oil drum with explosives and then shoot it from a safe distance with one of his many handguns.
21Rode a BSA A65 Lightning, most notably while researching his seminal book "Hell's Angels". He wrote that they beat him up toward the end of his time with them.
22To improve his writing style, he once copied F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby" word for word, from start to finish.
23The band Avenged Sevenfold wrote the song "Bat Country" about him.
24He was the basis for the character Spider Jerusalem in the comic series "Transmetropolitan" by Warren Ellis and Darik Robertson.
25His second wife, Anita, was 35 years younger than him.
26His grandson, son of his only child Juan, was born 1998.
27His will stipulated that his body be cremated and his ashes shot out of a 150-foot cannon his Colorado ranch. Journalist friend Troy Hooper said "He was a big fan of bonfires and explosions and anything that went bang, and I'm sure he'd like to go bang as well." His wishes were fulfilled on August 20, 2005, during a celebration of his life attended by Sean Penn, Johnny Depp, Lyle Lovett, and other close friends and family. A cannon was specially constructed for the event.
28Underground cartoonist turned comics and animation historian Scott Shaw based a recurring character in his works after Thompson: an anthropomorphic dog named "Pointer X. Toxin".
29Once sold a Cadillac Eldorado to Lyle Lovett.
30Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, Vol. 133, pp. 410-417. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
31Appeared on a 1967 broadcast of To Tell the Truth (1956) when his book detailing his experiences with the "Hell's Angels" was published.
32Graduate of Louisville (Ky.) Male High School, class of 1955. He missed his graduation ceremony because he was in jail. Afterward, he joined the Air Force as a condition of his parole. He later bought a doctorate in Divinity from a church by mail order, and started calling himself Dr. Thompson.
33Ran for Sheriff of Aspen, Colorado, in 1969 on the Freak Power Party ticket, and narrowly lost.
34Thompson wrote a weekly column, "Hey Rube", for ESPN.com's Page 2 from October 2000 to 2005. Shortly before his death, he wrote about 'inventing' a new sport: Shotgun Golf.
35Hunter Thompson and Sandra Dawn Thompson were married for almost 18 years. In that time, he wrote "Hells Angels" and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", which were considered his two greatest books. Sandra's drug and alcohol habits led to several miscarriages; only one of her pregnancies produced a healthy baby, her now-grown son Juan. Eventually, the drugs sent Hunter into a depression that lasted for several years. The Thompsons fought a lot in that time, sometimes physically. Sandy took several beatings, and sometimes injured Hunter. When she told him she wanted a divorce, Hunter destroyed some of her possessions and burned the manuscripts she had been writing. Sandy called the sheriff, a family friend, who sent a deputy to her house to escort her into town. When the deputy asked Sandy if Hunter had any firearms in the house, she truthfully replied, "Yes, 22 of them, and every one is loaded".
36Thompson and Don Johnson, wrote a script for a 2-hour TV movie. "Bridges" was about an unstable cop battling alcoholism and drug addiction who works in L.A. with a short Latino partner and dates a mafia boss's daughter. NBC bought the script and turned it into the series Nash Bridges (1996).
37Charged with possessing child pornography and sexually assaulting former porn star Gail Palmer. An 11-hour search of his home in Woody Creek, Colorado, turned up insufficient evidence to prosecute him on either charge, and the DA dropped the case.
38On July 27, 2000, Thompson accidentally wounded his assistant, Deborah Fuller, with a shotgun while trying to scare a bear from his property in Aspen. He was cleared of criminal charges on August 3rd.
39Lived next to Don Johnson.
40The character of "Duke" in Garry Trudeau's "Doonesbury" comic strip is based on him.


The Rum Diary2011novel
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson2008Documentary writings
Nash Bridges1999-2001TV Series story - 2 episodes
Woman Found Dead in Elevator2000Short special material
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas1998book
Where the Buffalo Roam1980stories The Banshee Screams for Buffalo Meat and Strange Rumblings in Aztlan - as Dr. Hunter S. Thompson


Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas1998Other Duke in Matrix Flashback (uncredited)
Nash Bridges1996TV SeriesRestaurant Piano Player


Venus Blue1998Short poetry excerpts
Where the Buffalo Roam1980executive consultant - as Dr. Hunter S. Thompson


Some Jerk with a Camera2011TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode


High There2014Documentary special thanks
Nexus Vegas2013Short in memory of
The Rum Diary2011in memory of
Culture Prophet - Hustler2009Short dedicated to
Stuntmen2009special thanks
The Curse of Blanchard Hill2006Video special thanks
In the Blink of an Eye2005/Iin memory of
The Libertine2004dedicated to the memory of
Outside Providence1999acknowledgment: "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" used with permission of
The War Room1993Documentary special thanks


Animals, Whores & Dialogue: Breakfast with Hunter Vol. 22010DocumentaryHimself
Come on Down: Searching for the American Dream2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
ESPN 25: Who's #1?2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1997-2003TV SeriesHimself
ESPN SportsCentury2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Breakfast with Hunter2003DocumentaryHimself
Hunter Goes to Hollywood2003Video documentary shortHimself
Charlie Rose1997-2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Tripping1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1998TV SeriesHimself
The South Bank Show1993TV Series documentaryHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1982-1988TV SeriesHimself
Omnibus1978TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Anderson Cooper 360°2015TV SeriesHimself - Author
For No Good Reason2012DocumentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2009TV SeriesHimself
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson2008DocumentaryHimself
Free Lisl!2007DocumentaryHimself
Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride: Hunter S. Thompson on Film2006DocumentaryHimself
American Masters2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Final 242006TV Series documentaryHimself
Road to Hunter2006Documentary shortHimself

Nominated Awards

2009WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Documentary ScreenplayGonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008)

Known for movies

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