James Patterson

Inside Biography


Born and raised in Newburgh, New York, James Brendan Patterson is a popular philanthropist and author, well known for his works including Women's Murder Club, Daniel X, and Alex. He is one of the highest-paid Arthurs whose books have sold more than 300 million copies. He also became the first person ever to sell 1 million e-books. 

He is the first Arthur ever to have #1 books on the New York Times Children and Adult's Bestseller lists at the same time. Patterson is also known for his involvement in several charities-he mostly donates money to school and university libraries. 

Married to Susan Patterson, the Literarian Award winner lives in Palm Beach, Florida along with his son Jack Patterson.        

Early life And education

James Brendan Patterson was born on 22nd March 1947 in Newburgh New York to Charles Patterson, an insurance broker, and Isabelle, a teacher, and homemaker. James Patterson is the only child in his family. He is of White ethnicity and holds American nationality.

Patterson graduated with B.A. in English from Manhattan College, later, attended Vanderbilt University-Graduated with an M.A. in English.


James Brendan Patterson initiated his career as an advertising executive at J. Walter Thompson. He retired from advertising in 1996 and started focusing on writing. Patterson published his first novel titled The Thomas Berryman Number in 1976. The novel has the main character Alex Cross who is a forensic psychologic previously worked for the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police and FBI.

Since 1976, Patterson has written more than 147 novels, from which 114 novels was listed as New York Times bestselling novels and The New York Times record for host#1 New York Times bestseller by an author. Additionally, 67 of his books holds a Guinness World Record.

James Brendan Patterson has also collaborated with various co-authors such as Andrew Gross, Candice Fox, Mark Sullivan, Maxine Paetro, Peter de Jonge, Ashwin Sanghi, and Michael Ledwidge. According to him, "collaborating with others brings new and interesting ideas to his stories." 

In May 2017, Patterson was announced to be a co-author of a crime book fiction with ex U.S. President Bill Clinton. He said, "The President is Missing, will give a level of detail that only ex U.S President can offer."

In September 2009, James Brendan Patterson signed a contract to co-write eleven books for adults and six books for young ones by 2012. He also founded the James Patterson PageTurner Awards in 2005 to donate $100,000 to school, companies, and other institutions.

Net Worth

Patterson has earned an impressive networth from his career as a philanthropist and author with over 150 best books. In 2016, he even topped Forbes' list of highest-paid authors for three consecutive years with an income of $95 million. As of 2017, his total net worth is estimated to be around $750 million.

His earnings breakdown per year:

Year Networth
2006 $28 million
2008 $50 million
2009 $60 million
2010 $70 million
2011 $84 million
2012 $94 million
2013 $91 million

Additionally, Patterson made $30,000,000 from his books which were sold more than 300 copies worldwide in 2014. The following year, he earned $89 million from which $1,250,000 was granted to the school libraries through Scholastic Reading Club grant program.

In 2016, Patterson made $95 million as his annual salary from which he donated $13,000 to flooded bookshops in the UK, and $1,750,000 to school libraries in the United States.

James Brendan Patterson has a collection of luxury mansions. In 1999, he bought Everglades Island home for $5.2 million. He also had a  Palm Beach house which included a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, Home Cinema, and Sauna-sold the house in 2010 for $10.3 million. 

He, later on, moved into his new house in Palm Beach, Fla. The house is built on 20,100 square foot, twelve bathrooms oceanfront, and five bedrooms. Patterson bought the house for $17.4 million and spent additional $14 million for renovation.

Personal life

James Brendan Patterson is a married man. He tied the knot to Susan Patterson in 1997, and the couple has a son together named Jack Patterson born in 1998

The pair has completed two decades of conjugal life together, and they are such relationship goals. Patterson often features his wife and son in his Instagram with more than 40k followers.   

by indu, 15 Feb, 2018

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