John Grisham Net Worth

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John Grisham net worth is
$200 Million

John Grisham Wiki Biography

John Ray Grisham Jr. was born on 8 February 1955, in Jonesboro, Arkansas USA, and is primarily famous as a writer, but also as a lawyer, television and film producer, as well as a politician. Grisham’s success as a writer began in 1989 with the publication of his first work “A Time to Kill”. Two years later, Grisham came out with his first best-selling book “The Firm”, which sold over seven million copies worldwide. The success of Grisham’s novels not only put him alongside such authors as J. K. Rowling and Tom Clancy, but also resulted in movie adaptations of the majority of his works.

How rich is John Grisham then? According to sources, John Grisham’s net worth is estimated to be $200 million. The majority of John Grisham’s net worth comes from writing.

John Grisham Net Worth $200 Million

John Grisham  but spent most of his childhood travelling until his family settled down in Mississippi. He first enrolled at college in Senotobia, Mississippi, but then attended Delta State University in Cleveland, before actually graduating from Mississippi State University in 1977 with a BS degree in accounting. He later graduated in 1981 with a JD degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law with his main interest in general civil litigation.

Before his rise to fame as an author, Grisham worked a variety of jobs, including a salesclerk, a plumbing contractor and others. Grisham subsequently practised law ten years, and was also elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives from 1984-90. Both of these sub-careers profited his net worth, however, Grisham’s job as a lawyer came to a halt in 1991, with the successful release of the novel “The Firm”. Prior to that, Grisham tried to publish his first book called “A Time to Kill” but met with 28 rejections by publishers until it was picked up by Wynwood Press, and “The Firm” followed soon after that. With initial focus on law and attorneys, Grisham began expanding his topics and settings, and presented his novel “A Painted House”, which is set outside of the legal thriller genre. The novel was soon adapted into a movie, where the main characters were portrayed by Logan Lerman and Scott Glenn.

So far, John Grisham has written 27 books, a “Theodore Boone” series that consists of four novels, one book of short stories, as well as two non-fiction works. An author of legal thriller and crime fiction novels, John Grisham has now sold over 275 million copies and is considered to be one of the most successful writers, and his net worth has benefited accordingly.

Further, the majority of John Grisham’s novels have been adapted into movies. The first was  “The Firm” which was released in 1993 and had Tom Cruise play one of the lead roles. The most recent is “Christmas with the Kranks” released in 2004. Three more movies based on Grisham’s works are to be releasded in the future, namely “The Associate”, “The Testament” and “Calico Joe”. In addition to that, three of his novels have been adapted into television series, which are “The Client”, “The Street Lawyer” and more recently “The Firm” with Josh Lucas and Molly Parker.

In John Grisham’s personal life, he has been married to Renee since 1981, and they have two children. Grisham’s contributions to the literary world have been rewarded with the “John Grisham Room”, an archive of his written works kept at the Mississippi State University Libraries.

Full NameJohn Grisham
Net Worth$200 Million
Date Of BirthFebruary 8, 1955
Place Of BirthJonesboro, Arkansas, United States
ProfessionLawyer, Writer, Novelist, Author, Actor, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Television producer
EducationDelta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi State University, University of Mississippi School of Law
NationalityUnited States of America
SpouseRenee Jones (m. 1981)
ChildrenTy Grisham, Shea Grisham
ParentsJohn Grisham, Wanda Skidmore Grisham
SiblingsMark Grisham, Kevin Grisham
NicknamesGrisham , J GRISHAM , John Ray Grisham, Jr. , Grisham, John , John Grisham Jr.
AwardsHelmerich Award
NominationsGoodreads Choice Awards Best Mystery & Thriller, USC Scripter Award
Movies"The Rainmaker", “A Time to Kill” (1989), "The Client", “Christmas with the Kranks” (2004), “The Associate”, “The Testament”, “Calico Joe
TV Shows“The Client”, “The Street Lawyer”, “The Firm”
1Writes novels that are usually based around the justice system
2Writes novels about main characters that are from the Southeastern United States
Runaway Jury (2003)$8,000,000
The Chamber (1996)$3,750,000
A Time to Kill (1996)$6,000,000
The Firm (1993)$100,000
1I grew up in a very small, close-knit, Southern Baptist family, where everything was off-limits. So I couldn't wait to get to college and have some fun. And I did for the first two years. And I regret a lot of it, because my grades were in terrible shape. I never got in serious trouble, except for my grades.
1John, Renee, and their children have lived in Charlottesville, VA for the past several years. Technically he does still own the house in Oxford, but they haven't really lived in it even before the tacky "manufactured housing" community formed right next door.
2It takes him six months to write a novel.
3His first novel 'A Time To Kill' took three years to complete and was rejected by 28 publishers.
4Did not start writing until he was 29 years old.
5Does not participate in the screen adaptations of his novels after the movie rights have been secured.
6Is totally opposed to the concept of cameras in courtrooms.
7According to his publisher Doubleday, as of 2008 his books have sold over 235 million copies worldwide.
8Donated $5 million after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and Mississippi.
9Lifelong Democrat. Endorsed Hillary Clinton for President.
10In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated his earnings for the year at $9 million.
11Credits Brian Garfield's article "Ten Rules For Suspense Fiction" with giving him the tools to create "The Firm.".
12Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, Vol. 133, pp. 234-241. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
13Has casting approval rights for movies based on his novels.
14Has sold 60,742,288 copies of his books, making him the best-selling author of the 1990s.
15Coaches little league baseball.
16Was a lawyer before becoming a writer.
17Received bachelor's degree from Mississippi State University


The Firm2012TV Series novel - 22 episodes
Christmas with the Kranks2004novel "Skipping Christmas"
The Street Lawyer2003TV Movie characters
Runaway Jury2003novel "The Runaway Jury"
A Painted House2003TV Movie novel
The Gingerbread Man1998story
The Rainmaker1997novel
The Chamber1996novel
A Time to Kill1996novel "A Time To Kill"
The Client1995-1996TV Series characters from novel - 21 episodes
The Client1994novel
The Pelican Brief1993book
The Firm1993novel


The Street Lawyer2003TV Movie executive producer
A Time to Kill1996producer
The RainmakerTV Series executive producer announced
The Firm2012TV Series executive producer - 22 episodes


A Painted House2003TV MovieNarrator (voice, uncredited)


CBS This Morning2015-2016TV SeriesHimself - Author / Himself - Novelist
Today2007-2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Charlie Rose2006-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Colbert Report2007-2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Piers Morgan Tonight2011TV SeriesHimself
Hot Coffee2011DocumentaryHimself
The One Show2010TV SeriesHimself
Bill Moyers' Journal2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Forbes Celebrity 100: Who Made Bank?2006TV MovieHimself
Mississippi Rising2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Culture Show2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The Daily Show2005TV SeriesHimself
Waking in Mississippi1998DocumentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Bloomberg Game Changers2011TV Series documentaryHimself - Author
Francis Ford Coppola Directs 'John Grisham's The Rainmaker'2007Video documentary shortHimself

Nominated Awards

2012Golden NymphMonte-Carlo TV FestivalOutstanding International Producer (Drama Series)The Firm (2012)
2004EdgarEdgar Allan Poe AwardsBest Motion Picture ScreenplayRunaway Jury (2003)
1998USC Scripter AwardUSC Scripter AwardThe Rainmaker (1997)

Known for movies

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