Dean Koontz Net Worth
Dean Koontz Net Worth: Dean Koontz is an American author who has a net worth of $145 million. Dean Koontz was born July 9, 1945 in Everett, Pennsylvania. He is known for his suspense thrillers and for his frequent incorporation of elements of horror, science fiction, mystery and even satire. Many of his novels are set in and around Orange County, California. Several of his books have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List with 14 hard-covers and 14 paperbacks reaching the number one position, making him one of only a handful of authors to attain that status. Koontz wrote under a number of pen names earlier in his career, including David Axton, Leigh Nichols and Brian Coffey. From the time Dean Koontz won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition as a senior in college, he has been writing ever since. His books are published in 38 languages and he has sold over 450 million copies to date, according to his web site. Koontz graduated from Shippensburg State College (now Shippensburg University), and his first job after graduation was with the Appalachian Poverty Program, where he counseled and tutored underprivileged children one-on-one. He wrote nights and weekends, which he continued to do after leaving the poverty program and going to work as an English teacher in a suburban school district outside Harrisburg. After putting in a year and a half at that position, his wife Gerda made him an offer he couldn't refuse—she would support him for five years while he tried to make it as a writer. By the end of those five years, Gerda had quit her job to run the business end of her husband's writing career.