John Grisham | $ 200 Million
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John Grisham

Lawyer and author

Net Worth $ 200 Million
John Grisham
  • Birthday8th Feb, 55
  • Birth PlaceUnited States
  • Marital statusMarried
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John Grisham had his first novel published in 1989. His first best seller The Firm was released in 1991 which sold seven million copies. He is amongst  the only three famous authors who sold over two million copies on first printing. John Grisham shares this hall of fame with famous authors J.K Rowling and Tom Clancy. John Grisham is famous for his international acclaimed legal thrillers. Eight of his novels are adapted into feature films and t.v series. He is well known for his efforts to support the literary tradition through scholarships in University of Mississippi’s English department and Graduate creative program.   John Grisham chief source of wealth comes from his famous novels. Many of his thrillers adapted into feature films and t.v series earned him a great deal of money. He sold the rights of his bestseller The Firm for $600,000 to Paramount Pictures. He has produced 25 novels till now and has been an active author, writer, actor, and television and film producer. All of his novels are international bestsellers and over 275 million copies have been printed worldwide.   John Grisham with his family spends time in their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a home near Charlottesville, Virginia. In 2008 John together with his wife Renee Jones at bought a beautiful condo at McCorkle Place in Chapel Hill in North Carolina. Apart from writing legal thrillers John Grisham loved baseball since childhood. He is the local League Commissioner and has built six ballfields on his property. He has hosted twenty six Little League Teams. John Grisham devotes his time to charitable causes. His Rebuild The Coast Fund raised 8.8 million dollars for Hurricane Katrina relief effort. Grisham is a member of University Baptist church in Charlottesville and constantly engages in mission trips with his church group. He also teaches in a Sunday school in First Baptist Church of Oxford.   John Grisham aka John Ray Grisham started his career as a lawyer but is famously known as the author for legal thrillers. He practiced criminal law for almost a decade after graduating from Mississippi State University. John Grisham also served in the House of Representatives from January 1984 to September 1990. He began his writing careers in 1984 and his first novel A time to Kill was published in 1989. The Firm was John Grisham’s bestseller in 1991 which earned him a lot of fame and name. In 1996 he successfully won the biggest verdict of his career. John Grisham got married to Renee Jones on 8th May 1981. He has two children Shea and Ty. Till now he has written 25 novels which have been published worldwide and translated into 40 languages.


  • I'm not in favor of the death penalty. But I'm in favor of locking these people away in maximum security units where they can never get out. They can never escape. They can never be paroled. Lock the bad ones away. But you gotta rethink everybody else.
  • Nobody wants to read about the honest lawyer down the street who does real estate loans and wills. If you want to sell books, you have to write about the interesting lawyers - the guys who steal all the money and take off. That's the fun stuff.
  • Wrongful convictions happen every week in every state in this country. And they happen for all the same reasons. Sloppy police work. Eyewitness identification is the most - is the worst type almost. Because it's wrong about half the time. Think about that.
  • I seriously doubt I would ever have written the first story had I not been a lawyer. I never dreamed of being a writer. I wrote only after witnessing a trial.
  • I earned my first steady paycheck watering rose bushes at a nursery for a dollar an hour.

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  • He graduated from Mississippi State University before attending the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1981.
  • He is best known for his popular legal thrillers and his first novel, A Time to Kill.
  • He is Galaxy British Book Awards winner who has sells 2 million copies on a first printing.
  • His first bestseller was The Firm which was released in 1991 selling more than seven million copies and was later adapted into a feature film starring Tom Cruise in 1993.
  • His favorite author is John le Carré.

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