Roald Dahl Net Worth

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Roald Dahl net worth is
$10 Million

Roald Dahl Wiki Biography

Roald Dahl was born on the 13th September 1916, in Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales, UK, and was a British novelist, screenwriter, poet, and fighter pilot, but best known as a children’s book author with such stories as “The Gremlins” (1943), “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (1964), “Fantastic Mr Fox” (1970), and “Matilda” (1988). Dahl won the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1983 and the British Book Awards’ Children’s Author of the Year in 1990. His career started in 1942, and ended with his passing in 1990.

Have you ever wondered how rich Roald Dahl was at the time of his death? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Dahl’s net worth was as high as $10 million, an amount earned largely through his successful career as a writer.

Roald Dahl Net Worth $10 Million

Roald Dahl was a son of Harald Dahl and Sofie Magdalene Dahl, Norwegian parents who immigrated to the UK from Sarpsborg, Norway and married in 1911. He grew up in Wales with his three sisters and went to the Cathedral School in Llandaff before being transferred to the St Peter’s in Weston-super-Mare, a boarding school in England. In 1929, Roald moved to Repton School in Derbyshire, where he played a number of sports, including football, golf, cricket, and was a captain of the squash team.

In 1934 Dahl started working for the Shell Petroleum Company, and was stationed in Mombasa, Kenya, and then in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanganyika (now Tanzania). In August 1939 Roald was commissioned a lieutenant in the King’s African Rifles, and the following November he joined the Royal Air Force (RAF), and trained in Kenya and Iraq. In September 1940, he was forced to land in the Libyan desert, crashing and fracturing his skull and was temporarily blinded. The next year, he took part in the “Battle of Athens” when the RAF collided with German air crafts. Roald was shipped home in 1942 and then he became the assistant air attaché at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. He ultimately honourably discharged in 1946, as an ace – five aircraft shot down – and as a Wing Commander.

In 1942, Dahl published his first short story called “A Piece of Cake” after The Saturday Evening Post bought it for $1,000. In 1943, he wrote his first novel entitled “The Gremlins”, while he also continued with short stories such as “Beware of the Dog” (1944) and “Man from the South”, before publishing his second novel “Sometime Never: A Fable for Supermen” (1948). In the ‘50s, Dahl continued to work with such stories as “Poison” (1950), “Dip in the Pool” (1952), “Skin” (1952), “Lamb to the Slaughter” (1953), and “Nunc Dimittis” (1953). Roald also wrote, “Edward the Conqueror” (1953), “Parson’s Pleasure” (1958), “The Landlady” (1959), and “Genesis and Catastrophe: A True Story” (1959).

In the ‘60s, Dahl wrote three more novels: “James and the Giant Peach” (1961), “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (1964), and “The Magic Finger” (1966). In 1970, he published “Fantastic Mr Fox”, while two years after, Roald wrote “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator”. By the end of the ‘70s, Dahl had released two children’s and one adult book: “Danny, the Champion of the World “ (1975), “The Enormous Crocodile” (1978), and “My Uncle Oswald” (1979). From then until the moment of his death, Dahl published only children books such as “The Twits” (1980), “The Witches” (1983), and “Matilda” (1988).

Roald also wrote several television and movie scripts, including “You Only Live Twice” (1967) starring Sean Connery, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (1968), “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” (1971) with Gene Wilder, and “The Night Digger” (1971). Additionally, Dahl wrote three poems: “Revolting Rhymes” (1982), “Dirty Beasts” (1984), and “Rhyme Stew” (1989). All contributed to his net worth.

Regarding his personal life, Roald Dahl was married to American actress Patricia Neal from July 1953 to 1983 and they had five children. He was then married to Felicity Ann d’Abreu Crosland until he died on the 23rd November 1990 in Oxford, of a blood disease, a myelodysplastic syndrome.

Full NameRoald Dahl
Net Worth$10 Million
Date Of BirthSeptember 13, 1916
DiedNovember 23, 1990, Oxford, United Kingdom
Place Of BirthLlandaff, Cardiff, Wales, UK
Height6' 6" (1.98 m)
ProfessionWriter, Actor, Soundtrack
EducationThe Cathedral School, Llandaff, St Peter's, Weston-super-Mare, Repton School
SpouseFelicity d'Abreu Crosland (m. 1983–1990), Patricia Neal (m. 1953–1983)
ChildrenLucy Dahl, Tessa Dahl, Theo Matthew Dahl, Ophelia Dahl, Olivia Twenty Dahl
ParentsSofie Magdalene Dahl, Harald Dahl
SiblingsAstri Dahl, Alfhild Dahl, Else Dahl, Asta Dahl, Louis Dahl
AwardsWorld Fantasy Award—Life Achievement, Edgar Award for Best Short Story, Edgar Award for Best Television Episode Teleplay, CableACE Award for International Children's Programming Special or Series
NominationsHugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Writing of a Single Program of a Dramatic Series - Less Than One Hour
MoviesWilly Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, The Witches, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Danny, the Champion of the World, You Only Live Twice, James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl's Esio Trot, 36 Hours, Four Rooms, The Night Digger, Inaudit...
TV ShowsTales of the Unexpected, Orson Welles' Great Mysteries, Way Out
1Bizarre, dark sense of humor
2Protagonists who escape abusive adults through fantastical or unbelievable means
3Often made up nonsense words like "Mugglewump", "Vermicious Knids", "Oompa Loompa", "Fleshlump eater", etc.
4His books all contain illustrations by Quentin Blake
5His villains are often extremely ugly
6Orphans; James from James and the Giant Peach, the main character from The Witches and Sophie from The BFG.
7Villains are often adults who hate children
8Main characters are often children.
9Gluttonous characters: Augustus Gloop from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Bruno Jenkins from The Witches, Boggis from Fantastic Mr Fox and Bruce Bogtrotter from Matilda.
1[his novel Over to You] Ten stories of flyers and flying.
2My faults and foibles are legion.
3A writer of fiction lives in fear. Each new day demands new ideas and he can never be sure whether he is going to come up with them or not.
4A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom.
5A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
6[1988 interview with Todd McCormack] When you're writing a book, with people in it as opposed to animals, it is no good having people who are ordinary, because they are not going to interest your readers at all. Every writer in the world has to use the characters that have something interesting about them and this is even more true in children's books. I find that the only way to make my characters really interesting to children is to exaggerate all their good or bad qualities, and so if a person is nasty or bad or cruel, you make them very nasty, very bad, very cruel. If they are ugly, you make them extremely ugly. That, I think, is fun and makes an impact.
7[when asked what the his formula for success was as an author of children's books] Conspiring with children against adults.
1On a table near to his right hand, when he was sitting in his chair in his writing shed, he had collected all sorts of memorabilia; various things sent to him by fans or schoolchildren, a ball of silver paper from bars of chocolate which he had collected over the years since he was a young man and a part of his own hip bone that had been removed from him.
2The unauthorized biography of Dahl by Jeremy Treglown was extremely unfavorable to him, claiming that he was a snob, very selfish and rude, a serial adulterer during his marriage to Patricia Neal, ungrateful and a virulent anti-Semite. His penchant for extra-marital affairs was confirmed by Neal in a television interview after his death, but his children defended him against the majority of Treglown's charges, and he had another champion (with reservations) in Dirk Bogarde, who played him in a TV movie and reviewed Treglown's book unfavorably in the London "Daily Telegraph" (concluding famously with the words, "He wasn't really such a shit, you know").
3During the last year of his life he compiled a book of anecdotes and recipes with his wife Liccy Dahl under his regular publisher Penguin in 1996 as his Cookbook.
4"Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator" has never been made into a film; he refused to sell the rights after his profound disappointment with Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971). "The Magic Finger" has never been made into a film either, or "George's Marvellous Medicine", but a film of "The Twits" is, as of this writing, in production.
5His short story "Only This: may have inspired the climax of the Steven Spielberg film Always (1989), in which Pete's spirit guides Durinda to land a plane while in the cockpit with her.
6He wrote for adults, too.
7His TV series Tales of the Unexpected (1979) dramatized a selection of his short stories.
8"The Witches" won the 1983 Whitbread Award.
9His stories are highly acclaimed and widely translated and have become worldwide bestsellers. One of the most successful and well known of all children's writers, his books are read by children everywhere.
10He has written two autobiographies, "Boy" and "Going Solo".
11He lost the use of his eyes during World War II but regained his sight in recovery.
12Dahl was badly wounded in Libya during World War II, but he served in the RAF in Greece and Syria. His book Over to You draws on those experiences and friends and colleagues to convey the bizarre reality of a pilot's existence and the daily possibility of death.
13The Times described Dahl as "one of the most widely read and influential writers of our generation" and wrote in its obituary, "children loved his stories and made him their favorite . . . they will be classics of the future".
14His novel "My Uncle Oswald" was much praised and edited his Book of Ghost Stories.
15At the start of World War II, Dahl enlisted in the RAF at Nairobi. Kenya. He was severely wounded after joining a fighter squadron in Libya, but later saw service as a fighter pilot in Greece and Syria. In 1942 he went to Washington as Assistant Air Attaché, where he started to write, and then transferred to Intelligence, ending the war as a wing commander. His first 12 short stories, based on his wartime experiences, were originally published in leading American magazines and then as a book, "Over to You", which draws on those experiences and friends and colleagues to convey the bizarre reality of a pilot's existence and the daily possibility of death.
16His WWII novel "Over to You" was published in a magazine in 1946 and then as a book in 1973. The stories in "Over to You" were published in "The Saturday Evening Post", "Tomorrow", "Harper's Magazine", "Ladies' Home Journal" and "Town and Country". "Over to You" doesn't refer to anyone in particular, the pilots are not the names of people he knew, and when Dahl says "I" that doesn't mean he's talking about himself. The book was based on his wartime experiences, and he speaks with some respect for the German pilots in the book.
17Fellow author Neil Gaiman has been likened to a Dahl for his generation, because they both wrote dark fantasies as if they were true, and they shared the ability to remind a reader of what it was like to be a child.
18His parents were Norwegian, but he was born in Llandaff, Glamorgan, in 1916 and educated at Repton School.
19Was portrayed by Dirk Bogarde in the made-for-TV movie The Patricia Neal Story (1981).
20Had an interest in photography and often carried a camera around with him.
21Was never seen as a particularly talented writer in his school years, with one of his English teachers writing in his school report, "I have never met anybody who so persistently writes words meaning the exact opposite of what is intended".
22Died three months after The Witches (1990), based on his book, was released.
23His short story "Beware Of The Dog" is officially the basis for the film 36 Hours (1964), although the plot is much altered and extended. According to one of the biographies of Dahl, the film was written without reference to him or his story, and it was only after the leading female role in the film was offered to his then wife Patricia Neal that he learned of the film at all. The similarity between the script and his original plot was obvious, and, with a great deal of money already invested, MGM was in no mood to be sued by Dahl for plagiarism. It quickly agreed to pay him a large sum of money for the film rights to his short story and gave him appropriate credit (Eva Marie Saint took the female lead in the film).
24Honored by a set of British commemorative postage stamps issued 10 January 2012. The stamps feature illustrations by Quentin Blake, which were originally used in the following children's books by Dahl: "Fantastic Mr. Fox", "The Twits", "The Witches", "James and the Giant Peach", "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", "Matilda", and "The BFG".
25Enjoyed betting on horse races, even though he usually lost.
26Had a bad back, which caused him to become ill-tempered.
27Loved to eat chocolate, and admitted that he ate too much of it.
28In the company of adults, he became bored quite quickly.
29Enjoyed drinking both whiskey and wine in the evenings.
30He fathered five children, four daughters and one son with first wife, Patricia Neal: Olivia Twenty Dahl was born on Wednesday, April 20, 1955, and she died from measles on Saturday, November 17, 1962. His second daughter was born on Thursday, April 11, 1957, named Tessa Dahl. His only son was the third of five, Theo Matthew Roald Dahl was born on Saturday, July 30, 1960, aka Theo Dahl. Third daughter, Ophelia Magdalena Dahl, was born on Tuesday, May 12, 1964, aka Ophelia Dahl, and Lucy Neal Dahl was born on Wednesday, August 4, 1965, aka Lucy Dahl.
31When his first wife, Patricia Neal, started suffering a series of devastating strokes in 1965, he was appalled at the lack of effective rehabilitation. He subsequently designed techniques that restored her to full functionality after doctors had told him she would never recover. His techniques are now standard procedure throughout the world in the treatment of stroke victims.
32His only son, Theo Dahl, suffered a brain injury when his baby carriage was struck by a taxi when the boy was just four months old. The most serious of his injuries was hydrocephalus (commonly known as water on the brain). Dahl got together with a pair of friends--a neurosurgeon and an engineer--and created a device called the Wade-Dahl-Till valve to alleviate cranial pressure. Theo recovered before the device was perfected, but it allowed thousands of others suffering from hydrocephalus to recover from their injuries. His book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is dedicated to Theo, who almost died.
33He strongly disliked Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), which was based upon his children's classic "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". He felt it made the story world, which he had created, too peaceful, to his personality.
34Flew Hawker Hurricanes in 80 Squadron in WWII.
35In one of Dahl's short stories, "Beware of the Dog," a fighter pilot is shot down during wartime and loses one of his legs. He recovers in a hospital only to discover that he is in Nazi-occupied France. Although the story is based on Dahl's WWII experiences, it is not entirely autobiographical; Dahl did crash his plane, but did not lose a leg or become a prisoner of war.
36Wrote two screenplays based on books by Ian Fleming: You Only Live Twice (1967) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968). Coincidentally, Fleming's cousin, Christopher Lee, appears in the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), based on Dahl's book. He also appears in Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), which is named after a word Dahl coined.
37He replaced Richard Maibaum as screenwriter for You Only Live Twice (1967) at the last minute. Maibaum returned to the chair in 1969.
38He allegedly declined to receive an O.B.E. (Officer of the order of the British Empire) in 1986.
39Wrote his novels in his garden shed.
40Daughter, Olivia, died of the measles at age 7.
41Father died of pneumonia when Roald was 3.
42Nearly lost his nose in a car accident.
43The Helga (Luke's grandmother) character in "The Witches" was based on his own Norwegian grandmother, who he said was a tough and fearless woman.
44Credited with coining the term "Gremlin" during the Second World War. These were little "creatures who lived inside fighter plane engines, causing them to stall at the worst possible time.
45Grandfather of British model Sophie Dahl and Chloe Dahl.
46Parents were Norwegian


You Only Live Twice1967screenplay
Teatterituokio1967TV Series short story "Taste" - 1 episode
Thirty-Minute TheatreTV Series story - 2 episodes, 1965 writer - 1 episode, 1967
Des Pfarrers Freude1966TV Movie story
36 Hours1964story "Beware of the Dog"
That Was the Week That Was1962TV Series
'Way Out1961TV Series writer - 1 episode
Alfred Hitchcock PresentsTV Series story - 5 episodes, 1958 - 1960 writer - 1 episode, 1961 teleplay - 1 episode, 1958
Rendezvous1959TV Series short story - 1 episode
Suspicion1958TV Series story - 1 episode
Le coup du berger1956Short story - uncredited
Cameo Theatre1955TV Series story - 1 episode
Star Tonight1955TV Series story - 1 episode
Danger1954TV Series story - 1 episode
The Philip Morris Playhouse1954TV Series story - 1 episode
Lux Video Theatre1952TV Series story - 1 episode
CBS Television Workshop1952TV Series story - 1 episode
Suspense1950TV Series story - 1 episode
The BFG2016book
Lamb to the Slaughter2016Short novel
Roald Dahl's Esio Trot2015TV Movie based on the novel by
Baa Baa Black Sheep2013Short story
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in the Playroom2012Video short book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" - uncredited
Bang-lure2012Short story
Fantastic Mr. Fox2009novel
Three Little Pigs2008Short writer
Jackanory Junior2007TV Series
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory2005book
Imagine2005TV Series documentary quotations - 1 episode
The Bet2005/IShort story
Lamb to the Slaughter2002story
Genesis and Catastrophe2000Short story
Inaudito1999Short story
James and the Giant Peach1996based on the book by
Pisvingers!1995Short story "The Swan"
JackanoryTV Series book - 10 episodes, 1968 novel - 6 episodes, 1979 - 1995
Idealnaya para1992stories
The Witches1990book
Dirty Beasts1990TV Movie
Shekare khamoosh1990novel
The BFG1989TV Movie novel
Breaking Point1989TV Movie novel "Beware of the Dog"
Roald Dahl's Danny the Champion of the World1989TV Movie novel
Tales of the UnexpectedTV Series writer - 15 episodes, 1979 - 1981 story - 11 episodes, 1979 - 1988
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1985TV Series story - 1 episode
Kalle och chokladfabriken1983TV Mini-Series novel
Hundert Mark1975TV Series writer - 1 episode
Uit de wereld van Roald Dahl1975TV Series story - 5 episodes
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory1971book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" / screenplay
The Night Digger1971
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang1968screenplay
Late Night Horror1968TV Series writer - 1 episode


'Way Out1961TV SeriesHost


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory2005lyrics: "Augustus Gloop", "Violet Beauregarde", "Veruca Salt", "Mike Teavee"
James and the Giant Peach1996lyrics: "Eating The Peach"


This Is Not My Beautiful House2007Short thanks
Tales of the Unexpected: The Proposal2003Short with apologies to
Four Rooms1995special thanks


Going Live!1989TV SeriesHimself
Danny and the Dirty Dog: The Making of 'Roald Dahl's Danny the Champion of the World'1989TV Movie documentaryHimself
Tales of the Unexpected1979-1985TV SeriesHimself - Introduced by
This Is Your Life1978TV Series documentaryHimself
Read All About It1978TV SeriesHimself
Uit de wereld van Roald Dahl1975TV SeriesHimself
The 41st Annual Academy Awards1969TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
'Way Out1961TV SeriesHimself - Host

Archive Footage

The Marvellous World of Roald Dahl2016TV Movie documentaryHimself
Timeshift2015TV Series documentaryHimself - Novellist and Writer of 'You Only Live Twice'
Wogan: The Best Of2015TV SeriesHimself
Breakfast2011TV SeriesHimself - Author
Roald Dahl's Revolting Rule Book2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
There's Something About... Dahl2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Story of Jackanory2007TV Movie documentaryHimself - Author
Premiere Bond: Opening Nights2006Video documentary shortHimself
Imagine2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Pure Imagination: The Story of 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory'2001Video documentary shortHimself, author of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'
Inside 'You Only Live Twice'2000Video documentary shortHimself

Won Awards

1993CableACECableACE AwardsInternational Children's Programming Special or SeriesDirty Beasts (1990)
1980EdgarEdgar Allan Poe AwardsBest Television EpisodeTales of the Unexpected (1979)

Nominated Awards

1991HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationThe Witches (1990)
1959Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Writing of a Single Program of a Dramatic Series - Less Than One HourAlfred Hitchcock Presents (1955)

Known for movies

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