John Grisham net worth: John Grisham is a prolific American author who has a net worth of $220 million. During his career, John Grisham has sold over 250 million copies of his books world wide. Grisham attended Mississippi State University and earned his Juris Doctor degree from the law school in 1981. He then entered a small general practice where he focused on criminal and civil law, and spent much of his time in court proceedings. In 1983 he was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives and served until 1990. In 1984 Grisham witnessed the testimony of a 12-year-old rape victim, and got his first inspiration to begin writing.
In 1987 he finished his first novel, A Time To Kill, which was rejected by many publishers but eventually got picked up by Wynwood Press, who published 5,000 copies in 1988. His second novel The Firm, was published in 1991, and became the 7th bestselling novel of the year. He continued to publish at least one novel per year from then on, and had seven best sellers (1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005). Grisham wrote legal thrillers, many about young attorneys, but in 2001 he began to focus on broader subjects with A Painted House, a novel about the rural south. In the 1990s, Grisham sold a total of 60,742,289 copies of his novels, with Publishers Weekly naming him the "bestselling novelist of the 90s". He briefly returned to the courtroom in 1996, and now maintains the "John Grisham Room," a collection of materials he created throughout his duty as the Mississippi State Representative, and in relation to his career as an author. His most recent novels were The Associate and Ford Country, both released in 2009, and three of his novels are set to be adapted into films in the next two years.