Stephen Hillenburg Net Worth
Stephen Hillenburg net worth and salary: Stephen Hillenburg was an American director, animator, writer, producer, voice artist, and marine biologist who had a net worth of $120 million at the time of his death in 2018. He was best known for creating the television series SpongeBob SquarePants.
Stephen McDannell Hillenburg was born in Lawton, Oklahoma in August 1961. He attended Humboldt State for undergrad and then held a series of nature-related jobs. He eventually landed a job teaching marine biology at the Orange County Marine Institute in Dana Point, California.
While working at the Marine Institute he created a sea-related comic for his students called The Intertidal Zone. The comic included a character named "Bob the Sponge", a precursor to SpongeBob. He attempted to get the comic published widely but was rejected.
Realizing that his career ambitions were larger than teaching at the Institute, in 1992 he perused a degree in animation at CalArts. After graduating he landed a job at the cartoon Rocko's Modern Life. One of the writers on Rocko encouraged Stephen to continue developing his Intertidal concept in his free time.
SpongeBob Squarepants premiered in 1999. By November 2018 the show had aired more than 240 episodes across 12 seasons.
The 2004 SponeBob SquarePants Movie was also directed, produced and written by Hillenburg, as was the 2015 film sequel The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: Sponge Out of Water. The first film grossed more than $140 million at the box office.
During his career Stephen Hillenburg won two Emmys. The show itself won six Emms and 17 Annie Awards.
Personal Life and Death: Stephen was married to Karen Hillenburg from 1998 until his death.
Tragically, Stephen Hillenburg died on November 27, 2018 at the age of 57 after suffering from ALS.
Real Estate: In 2006 Stephen and Karen paid $2.5 million for a home in San Marino, California. Karen listed the home for sale for $4 million in February 2021. She sold it a month later for a little over $5 million.
|Net Worth:||$120 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Aug 21, 1961 - Nov 26, 2018 (57 years old)|
|Profession:||Animator, Television producer, Television Director, Screenwriter, Voice Actor, Marine biologist, Film director, Film Score Composer, Storyboard Artist, Soundtrack Composer|
|Nationality:||United States of America|