James Patterson is an American author and philanthropist with a net worth of $900 million as of 2022. He is best known for his thriller, crime and drama novels. '
SImilarly, as an author, his annual salary is estimated at $90 million per annum.
His books have sold over 300 million copies worldwide. He is also the receiver of the Literarian Award from the National Book Foundation.
As the owner of a total of $800 million, he is regarded as one of the richest authors in the world.
He started his writing career in 1976 with the release of The Thomas Berryman Number. Since then, he has written over 147 novels and amassed an amassing a wealth exceeding $800 million.
His annual salary rounds up to be over $90 million, as per Celebrity Net Worth. He is also the second richest novelist just below J.K. Rowling.
His books have sold over more than 300 million copies and was the first person to sell 1 million e-books. In 2016, James topped Forbes' list of top paid authors for the third consecutive year with a salary of $95 million.
Some of his notable works include:
Alex Cross series
Women's Murder Club series
Maximum Ride series
Michael Bennett series
Middle School series
I Funny series
114 of his books been New York Time's bestsellers which is the highest of any author so far. His books have sold more copies than those of Stephen King, John Grisham and Dan Brown combined. His legacy is almost that of J.K. Rowling.
Many of his books have also been converted to movies like 1st to die, Along Came a Spider, Miracle on 17th Green among various others.
James lives in Palm Beach, Florida with his family. The property spans an area of 20,100 square foot and consists of 5 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms.
We don't know what cars he drives but based on his earnings, he probably drives expensive-luxurious cars.
James' charity has revolved around books and novels. He donated 200,000 books to US troops through charity Operation Gratitude. 20,000 cartons of books; 10 books per carton, are being shipped and distributed worldwide.
In 2015, Patterson established the James Patterson Pledge with Scholastic Book Clubs to put books in the hands of young readers. He also donates $2 million to 4,000 different places around the country. About the effort,he said,
"I can’t underscore enough how important books and reading are to a child’s development - better readers make better people, and ultimately better citizens I’m so grateful for the teachers who are doing imperative work with students every day, in every school in the country. These grants are my way of acknowledging their extraordinary efforts."
He is endorsed by Hachette Book Group.
His income in 2017 amounted to $95 million. This amounts his estimated taxes to around $37 million annually.
James Patterson was born on March 22, 1947, in Newburgh, New York, to parents Isabelle and Charles Patterson. His father was an insurance broker and his mother was teacher.
He graduated in Latin Honors, BA, in English from Manhattan College and MA in English from Vanderbilt University.
James married Susan Patterson in 1997. The two have a son named Jack with whom he has also written a book.
The family lives in Palm Beach, Florida.
James Patterson is 72 years old and stands 185 cm or 6 feet 1 inch.