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John Grisham Net Worth 2020, Biography, Education, Career and Awards

John Grisham Net Worth 2020, Biography, Education, Career, and Awards.

John Grisham Net Worth 2020 – Many years ago, the best-selling author of today, John Grisham was toiling away at a law firm, unaware of his looming luck.

Before he began penning his legal thrillers, he initially worked as a lawyer in Mississippi and would pen stories during lunch breaks at work as a ‘hobby’.

Today, his books have made it to the shelves of best-sellers and he is a celebrity author.


John Ray Grisham, Jr. was the second of the five children born to John Grisham and Wanda Grisham, in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The family settled in DeSoto County, Mississippi, when he was just four years old.

He initially wanted to become a baseball player but his dreams soon changed when he began focusing on his education while attending Northwest Mississippi Community college.

As a teenager, he worked a number of odd jobs including watering bushes, working with the asphalt crew and working as a salesclerk in a departmental store.


All these jobs drove him to a point of ‘lunacy’, which is when he decided that he would pursue his college education seriously.

He then shifted to Delta State University but finally graduated from Mississippi State University, with a BS in Accounting, in 1977.

After his graduation, he studied civil litigation at the University Of Mississippi School Of Law and graduated with a JD degree, in 1983.


  • He practiced law for a decade and was also elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives as a Democrat, in 1983. He was a member of the Mississippi state legislature from 1983 to 1990. He served as the vice-chairman of the Apportionment and Elections Committee and was a member of several other committees.
  • In 1984, an incident involving the rape of a 12-year-old girl inspired him to write his first novel, ‘Time to Kill’, which took three years to complete.
  • Once the novel was complete, Grisham had a difficult time to find publishers. ‘Wynwood Press’ finally published his work in June 1989. Right after his novel was published, he began working on his second novel, ‘The Firm’, which was published two years later.
  • From 1992 to 1998, he published a series of best-selling novels such as ‘The Pelican Brief’, ‘The Client’, ‘The Chamber’, ‘The Rainmaker’, ‘The Runaway Jury’, ‘The Partner’ and ‘The Street Lawyer’ in the order.
  • Starting with the new millennium, in 2001, he diverged from the legal genre and authored ‘A Painted House’ and ‘Skipping Christmas’ the same year. In the next two years, he authored, ‘The Summons’, ‘The King of Torts’ and ‘Bleachers’.
  • The period from 2004 to 2008 was an extremely fruitful one when he published a number of best-sellers including, ‘The Last Juror’, ‘The Broker’, ‘Playing for Pizza’ and ‘The Appeal’. He experimented with a new genre for ‘Playing for Pizza’, as it was based on American football.
  • In 2010, he deviated from writing legal thrillers yet again, but this time, his books targeted a whole new segment; children. The ‘Theodore Boone’ series, which is a four-part series, is about a 13-year-old boy who gives legal advice to his peers.
  • From 2011 to 2013, along with the ‘Theodore Boone’ series, he has also authored, ‘The Litigators’, ‘Calico Joe’, ‘The Racketeer’ and the most recent, ‘Sycamore Row’, which is yet to be released.


In 2005, he was presented the ‘Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award’.

He is also the recipient of the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the Galaxy British Book Awards.

John Grisham Net Worth

John Grisham is a prolific American author who has a net worth of $350 million.