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Jeff Kinney Net Worth (2021): How Rich is Diary of Wimpy Kid Author?

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Jeff Kinney Net Worth @jeffkinney

Jeff Kinney Net Worth: Jeffrey Patrick Kinney  is an American author and cartoonist best known for his work on the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series for children. Poptropica, a website geared toward children, was also founded by him. As of 2021, Jeff Kinney has a net worth of over $100 million.

Net worth$100 million
ProfessionCartoonist, Author, Entreprenuer
Salary per year$20 million (Confirmed 2016 Alone – Forbes)
WifeJulie Kinney
Kids2 Sons (Will & Grant)
Birthday19 February 1971
Age50 years
Height6 feet 1 inches
NationalityAmerican

Jeff Kinney Early Life

Kinney was born and raised in the Maryland town of Fort Washington. Kinney attended Potomac Landing Elementary School before graduating from Bishop McNamara High School in 1989. He has an older and younger brother, as well as an older and younger sister. In the early 1990s, he attended the University of Maryland, College Park. Kinney created the famous comic strip Igdoof in college, which appeared in the school newspaper, The Diamondback.

 

 

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Jeff Kinney Net Worth Origin & Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Kinney proposed the concept of a middle-school weakling called Greg Heffley who writes illustrated stories about his personal life in January 1998. In May 2004, FunBrain and Jeff Kinney published Diary of a Wimpy Kid, an online version of the story. Until June 2005, the website was updated on a regular basis. He worked on his book for almost eight years before submitting it to a New York publisher.

During the New York Comic-Con in February 2006, Jeff signed a multi-book contract with publisher Harry N. Abrams, Inc. to transform Diary of a Wimpy Kid into a print series.

The book was an immediate success, with the online edition attracting approximately 20 million views as of 2007. When several online readers demanded a written edition, Kinney accepted, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid was released in April 2007.

With the success of his book, his overall net worth skyrocketed. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid would return fortunes for Jeff and his family.

Jeff Kinney Net Worth & Career

Kinney is a full-time writer/illustrator. He also developed the child-friendly website Poptropica, which includes two islands named “Wimpy Wonderland” and “Wimpy Boardwalk,” where characters and events from Diary of a Wimpy Kid are featured.

As of 2021, over 250 million copies of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books had been sold worldwide, and the series had been adapted into feature films, with Kinney serving as executive producer.

Jeff Kinney Wife

Jeff Kinney married Julie Kinney on December 14, 2003.

Jeff Kinney Children

Jeff Kinney and Julie Kinney have two sons, Will and Grant  Kinney.

Jeff Kinney Net Worth

Alongside James Patterson and J.K. Rowling, Jeff Kinney is considered Forbes’ highest-paid authors. In 2016 alone, it was calculated that Jeff Kinney made nearly $20 million in that year alone! As of 2021, it is expected that Jeff Kinney has a net worth of over $100 million.

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