American author of thriller novels, James Patterson has an estimated net worth of $800 million. A former advertising executive who rose to become chairman of J. Walter Thompson, he knows exactly what will fly off shelves, as his 20 bestsellers in 2010 attest.
Patteson is largely known for his series about American psychologist Alex Cross. Other works include Michael Bennett, Women's Murder Club, Maximum Ride, Daniel X, NYPD Red, Witch and Wizard, and Private series. He has also written stand-alone thrillers, non-fiction and romance novels.
James Patterson has sold more than 300 million copies and is also the first person to have sold 1 million e-books. He is one of the highest-paid authors based on Forbes' rich list and he has an estimated total income of $700 million over a decade. He is a recipient of the Literarian Award from the National Book Foundation, which was given in November 2015.
Born in Newburgh, New York, on March 22, 1947, Patterson left his life as an advertising executive in 1996 in order to focus on becoming a serious novelist. Patterson published his first novel, The Thomas Berryman Number, in 1976. His best-selling detective novel, Along Came A Spider (1993), introduced FBI Agent Alex Cross who he featured in several later books, including Kiss The Girls (1995), Pop Goes the Weasel (1999), Violets are Blue (2001), Mary, Mary (2005), and Cross (2006).
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Asset May. 2019
Estimated value of James Patterson's website jamespatterson.com
Earning Turned Donation Mar. 2018
Donation to classroom libraries and gifts of $500 each to teachers around the country, from Mechanic Falls, Maine, to Cheney, Kansas
Earning Turned Donation Mar. 2017
Donation to classroom libraries and gifts to teachers around the United States from Mechanic Falls, Maine, to Cheney, Kansas
Earning Turned Donation Jan. 2016
Amount donated to two flooded bookshops in England (£10,000)
Earning Turned Donation 2016
Amount donated to school libraries in the U.S.
Earning Turned Donation 2015
Amount donated to school libraries under the Scholastic Reading Club grant program
Estimated earnings from his books (approximately 300 million copies sold worldwide)
Book Sales Feb. 2013
Sales of James Patterson's books (approximately 275 million copies sold)
Asset Mar. 2012
Value of the renovation of James Patterson's Palm Beach estate, a 20,100-square-foot, five-bedroom, 12-bathroom oceanfront Mediterranean near the homes of Netscape founder Jim Clark and British rock singer and songwriter Rod Stewart
Contract Aug. 2009
James Patterson's 17-book contract with Hachette
Book Sales Jun. 2006
Gross sales of James Patterson's last 16 books that became No. 1 best sellers which includes the novels "Along Came a Spider" and "Kiss the Girls"
Salary Jun. 2006
Total compensation for the year 2006 with 100 million books in print
Earnings Oct. 2002
James Patterson's piece of the revenue after generating hundreds of millions a year in book sales and film tickets
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