John Grisham
John Grisham

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Name: John Grisham
Occupation: Novelist
Gender: Male
Birth Day: February 8, 1955
Age: 67
Birth Place: Jonesboro, United States
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

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John Grisham

John Grisham was born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, United States (67 years old). John Grisham is a Novelist, zodiac sign: Aquarius. Find out John Grishamnet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


He is one of only a handful of novelists whose initial book printing yielded two million sold copies.

Net Worth

Net Worth 2020

$350 Million

Salary 2020

$50 Million Per Year

With the net worth of $350 Million, John Grisham is the # 1567 richest person on earth all the time follow our database.

John Grisham Salary Detail

Grisham practiced law for about a decade and won election as a Democrat to the Mississippi House of Representatives from 1984 to 1990, at an annual salary of $8,000.

Before Fame

As a child, he wanted to become a professional baseball player. He attended several colleges before finally earning a degree in accounting from Mississippi State University. In 1983, he also received a JD from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Biography Timeline


He attended the Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, Mississippi and later attended Delta State University in Cleveland. Grisham drifted so much that he changed colleges three times before completing a degree. He eventually graduated from Mississippi State University in 1977, receiving a B.S. degree in accounting. He later enrolled in the University of Mississippi School of Law to become a tax lawyer, but his interest shifted to general civil litigation. He graduated in 1981 with a J.D. degree.


Grisham married Renee Jones on May 8, 1981. The couple have two children together: Shea and Ty. Ty played college baseball for the University of Virginia.


Grisham said the big case came in 1984, but it was not his case. As he was hanging around the court, he overheard a 12-year-old girl telling the jury what had happened to her. Her story intrigued Grisham, and he began watching the trial. He saw how the members of the jury cried as she told them about having been raped and beaten. It was then, Grisham later wrote in The New York Times, that a story was born.


Musing over "what would have happened if the girl's father had murdered her assailants", took three years to complete his first book, A Time to Kill. Finding a publisher was not easy. The book was rejected by 28 publishers before Wynwood Press, an unknown publisher, agreed to give it a modest 5,000-copy printing. It was published in June 1989.


The day after Grisham completed A Time to Kill, he began work on his second novel, The Firm. The Firm remained on The New York Times' bestseller list for 47 weeks, and became the seventh bestselling novel of 1991. This would begin a streak of having one of the top 10 selling novels of the year for nearly the next two decades. In 1992 and 1993 he had the second bestselling book of the year with The Pelican Brief and The Client and from 1994 to 2000 he had the number one bestselling book every year. In 2001 Grisham did not have the bestselling book of the year but he did have both the second as well as third book on the list with Skipping Christmas and A Painted House.

In 1992, The Firm was made into a film starring Tom Cruise and was released in June 1993, grossing $270 million. A filmed version of The Pelican Brief starring Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington was released later that year and grossed $195 million. Following their success, Regency Enterprises paid Grisham $2.25 million for the rights to The Client which was released in 1994 starring Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones and then Universal Pictures paid him the highest amount ever for an unpublished novel, paying $3.75 million for the rights to The Chamber. In August 1994, New Regency paid a record $6 million for the rights to A Time to Kill, with Grisham asking for a guarantee that Joel Schumacher, the director of The Client, would direct.


Grisham's writing career blossomed with the success of his second book, The Firm, and he gave up practicing law, except for returning briefly in 1996 to fight for the family of a railroad worker who was killed on the job. His official website states: "He was honoring a commitment made before he had retired from the law to become a full-time writer. Grisham successfully argued his clients' case, earning them a jury award of $683,500 — the biggest verdict of his career."

Grisham has a lifelong passion for baseball demonstrated partly by his support of Little League activities in both Oxford and in Charlottesville. In 1996, Grisham built a $3.8 million youth baseball complex.


Beginning with A Painted House, Grisham broadened his focus from law to the more general rural South but continued to write legal thrillers at the rate of one a year. In 2002 he once again claimed the number one book of the year with The Summons. In 2003 and 2004 he missed the number one bestseller of the year due to The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown but he once again produced two novels which ended the year in the top 5. In 2004, The Last Juror ended the year at number four and in 2005 he overtook The Da Vinci Code and returned to number one for the year with The Broker. In 2006 it marked the first time since 1990 that he did not have one of the top selling books of the year, but he returned to number two in 2007, number one in 2008 and number two in 2009.

Since moving to the Charlottesville area, Grisham has become a supporter of Virginia Cavaliers athletics and is regularly seen sitting courtside at basketball games. Grisham also contributed to a $1.2 million donation to the Cavalier baseball team in Charlottesville, Virginia, which was used in the 2002 renovation of Davenport Field.


In 2005, Grisham received the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award, which is presented annually by the Tulsa Library Trust.


The family splits their time among their Victorian home on a farm outside Oxford, Mississippi, a home in Charlottesville, VA, a home in Destin, Florida and a condominium at McCorkle Place in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, purchased in 2008.


In 2010, Grisham started writing a series of legal thrillers for children aged 9 to 12 years. It features Theodore Boone, a 13-year-old who gives his classmates legal advice ranging from rescuing impounded dogs to helping their parents prevent their house from being repossessed. He said, "I'm hoping primarily to entertain and interest kids, but at the same time I'm quietly hoping that the books will inform them, in a subtle way, about law."


In 2011 and 2012 his novels The Litigators and The Racketeer claimed the top spot in The New York Times best seller list.[2] [3] The novels were one of the best selling books of those years spending several weeks atop various best seller lists.[4][5][6] In 2013 he again reached the top five in the US best-seller list. [7] In November 2015 his novel Rogue Lawyer was at the top of the New York Times Fiction Best Seller for two weeks.[8]


The Mississippi State University Libraries, Manuscript Division, maintains the John Grisham Room, an archive containing materials generated during the author's tenure as Mississippi State Representative and relating to his writings. In 2012, the Law Library at the University of Mississippi School of Law was renamed in his honor. It had been named for more than a decade after the late Senator James Eastland.


Grisham has appeared on Dateline NBC, Bill Moyers Journal on PBS, and other programs. He wrote for The New York Times in 2013 about an unjustly held prisoner at Guantanamo.


In 2015, Grisham, along with about 60 others, signed a letter published in the Clarion-Ledger urging that an inset within the flag of Mississippi containing a Confederate flag be removed. He co-authored the letter with author Greg Iles; the pair contacted various public figures from Mississippi for support.


In 2017, Grisham released two legal thrillers. Camino Island was published on June 6, 2017. The book appeared at the top of several best seller lists including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. The Rooster Bar, published on October 24, 2017, was called his most original work yet, in The News Herald.

Family Life

John married Renee Jones in 1981. The couple and their children, Shea and Ty, took to spending portions of the year in several different locations, including a Mississippi farm and a home in the mountains of Virginia.

🎂 Upcoming Birthday

Currently, John Grisham is 67 years, 9 months and 19 days old. John Grisham will celebrate 68th birthday on a Wednesday 8th of February 2023. Below we countdown to John Grisham upcoming birthday.


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61st birthday - Monday, February 8, 2016

Happy Birthday to John Grisham!

Monday, February 8th, 2016 Happy birthday to John Grisham, who is 61 today! Author John Grisham began his career as an attorney and a politician in Mississippi. He now writes full time and is best known for his legal thrillers, including The Firm and the Theodore Boone children's book series. Several of his novels have been adapted to film.

57th birthday - Wednesday, February 8, 2012

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