Clive Cussler
Clive Cussler

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Name: Clive Cussler
Occupation: Oceanographer
Gender: Male
Birth Day: July 15, 1931
Age: 89
Birth Place: Aurora, United States
Zodiac Sign: Cancer

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Clive Cussler

Clive Cussler was born on July 15, 1931 in Aurora, United States (89 years old). Clive Cussler is an Oceanographer, zodiac sign: Cancer. Find out Clive Cusslernet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


The film Raise the Titanic! was based on one of his novels. A passionate oceanographer, he founded the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA), which uncovered numerous shipwreck sites.

Net Worth

Net Worth 2020

$120 Million

Salary 2020

Not known

With the net worth of $120 Million, Clive Cussler is the # 2144 richest person on earth all the time follow our database.

Before Fame

He became an Eagle Scout at the young age of fourteen. He briefly studied at Pasadena City College before serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

Biography Timeline


Clive Cussler married Barbara Knight in 1955, and they remained married for nearly 50 years until her death in 2003. Together they had three children—Teri, Dirk, and Dayna—who have given him four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Cussler's daughter Teri is the creator and manager of the Cussler Museum in Arvada, Colorado, where Cussler's collection of classic automobiles is on display. Cussler married Janet Horvath, who survived him. Clive Cussler was a part-time resident of both Arizona and Colorado.


Clive Cussler began writing in 1965 when his wife took a job working nights for the local police department where they lived in California. After making dinner for the children and putting them to bed, he had no one to talk to and nothing to do, so he decided to start writing. His most famous creation is marine engineer, government agent and adventurer Dirk Pitt. The Dirk Pitt novels frequently take on an alternative history perspective, such as "what if Atlantis were real?" or "what if Abraham Lincoln wasn't assassinated, but was kidnapped?"


1) Although published in 1983, Pacific Vortex! was written and takes place before The Mediterranean Caper. 2) Also published as Mayday! 3) Novels featuring Dirk Pitt and his children Dirk Pitt, Jr. and Summer Pitt. 4) Novels co-authored with Clive Cussler's son, Dirk.


Following the publication in 1996 of Cussler's first nonfiction work, The Sea Hunters, he was awarded a Doctor of Letters degree in 1997 by the Board of Governors of the State University of New York Maritime College who accepted the work in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis. This was the first time in the college's 123-year history that such a degree had been awarded.


In 2002 Cussler was awarded the Naval Heritage Award from the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation for his efforts in the area of marine exploration.


There are at least two other types of recurring in-jokes that are less obvious to a casual reader. One is the frequent reuse of the name Leigh Hunt for different characters in different novels. Seventeen books have had a character with this name, frequently in the opening prologues, frequently a sailor, usually dying; a notable exception is the first (in chronological order) Dirk Pitt adventure, Pacific Vortex!, in which Admiral Leigh Hunter is a major character, commander of the 101st Recovery Fleet in Hawaii. In the introduction to Arctic Drift, Cussler says there was a real Leigh Hunt who died in 2007 and the novel is dedicated to him. Another is that significant events in several novels occur on July 15 (Cussler's birthday). He also used the name "Periwinkle" in his works. In The Adventures of Vin Fiz (and in other works as well) there appears a donkey named Periwinkle. In Valhalla Rising, the Periwinkle is the name of a catamaran in which Pitt, Giordino, and Misty Graham are rescued by none other than Cussler himself. Cussler's friend Craig Dirgo is mentioned in several books.


Cussler had 17 consecutive titles reach The New York Times fiction best seller list. In 2014, McFarland Publishing released The Clive Cussler Adventures: A Critical Review by Steven Philip Jones, the first critical review textbook of Cussler's novels.


Cussler died at his home in Paradise Valley, Arizona, on 24 February 2020, at age 88.

Family Life

Clive married Barbara Knight in 1955. The couple subsequently had three children: Teri, Dirk, and Dayna.

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