Bill Watterson Net Worth

May 15, 2023
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Image #: 7907278 Bill Watterson, creator of the syndicated cartoon strip "Calvin & Hobbes" is shown in this Feb. 24, 1986 photo at his home in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. The Plain Dealer /Landov

William Boyd “Bill” Watterson II was born on the 5th July 1958, in Washington D.C. USA, and is an artist, cartoonist, and author, who is perhaps best known for being the creator of the comic strip “Calvin And Hobbes” (1985-1995).
Have you ever wondered how rich Bill Watterson is, as of mid- 2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the total size of Bill’s net worth is as high as $100 million. The main source of this amount of money being his successful career as a cartoonist and author.


Bill Watterson Net Worth $100 Million


Bill Watterson is the son of James G. Watterson, who worked as a patent attorney, and Kathryn. He spent his childhood in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, as the family moved there in 1965. When he was eight years old, he created his first cartoon, inspired mostly by comic strips such as “Peanuts”, “Krazy Kat”, and “Pogo”. After matriculation, he became a student at Kenyon College, from which he graduated with a BA degree in Political Science in 1980. During college, he continued to develop his skills, so he painted Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam on the ceiling of his room.

Beside that, Bill`s earliest work included political cartoons, which he drew for Campus newspapers at his college. However, after graduation he was offered a job at the Cincinnati Post, which he immediately accepted. However, the editors weren`t satisfied with his work, and within a year he was let go by the magazine.
Nevertheless, Bill didn`t surrender, and wile creating advertising postings for an agency, continued to pursue a career as a cartoonist. After a few years without a success and countless rejections, Bill made a breakthrough with a strip entitled “Calvin And Hobbes”, which was syndicated from 1985 until 1995, becoming a major hit and increasing Bill`s net worth by a large margin. During the existence of the strip, Bill`s net worth and popularity rose through the roof. However, Bill decided to cancel the strip, and it was last published on the 31st December 1995.

Following “Calvin And Hobbes”, Bill retired from the media and began to paint, having several exhibitions, which also added to the overall size of his net worth.
Most recently, Bill has published a cartoon strip which was a poster of the documentary film “Stripped”, making a return to cartoons, and since then he has collaborated with Stephan Pastis on the comic “Pearls Before Swine”, which has also added a lot to his net worth.
Bill has released several other publications, apart from “Calvin And Hobbes”, including “Weirdos from Another Planet” (1990), “Scientific Progress Goes “Boink”” (1991), “The Days are Just Packed” (1993), “There’s Treasure Everywhere” (1996), and “It’s a Magical World” (1996), among others, all of which have added a substantial amount to his net worth.

Thanks to his talents, Bill has received several prestigious awards, including the Reuben Award in 1986 and 1988 for Cartoonist Of The Year, and eight Harvey Awards for Best Syndicated Comic Strip for his creation “Calvin and Hobbes”, among many others.
When it comes to speak about his personal life, Bill Watterson has been married to Melissa Richmond since 1983; they are the parents of a daughter. During the 1980s, he published a brief autobiographical book about his life.

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