Scott Adams Net Worth

April 18, 2024
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Scott Adams, creator of the comic strip Dilbert, talks about his work in his studio in in Dublin, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006. Adams, 49, appears to be a rare example of someone who has largely but not totally, recovered from Spasmodic Dysphonia, a mysterious disease in which parts of the brain controlling speech shut down or go haywire. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Scott Adams was born on the 8th June 1957, in Windham, New York USA, and is a cartoonist and writer, best known as the creator of the “Dilbert” comic strip, and is also the author of several more non-fiction publications. Adams’ satirical and sarcastic style is his way of describing the social and mental landscape. His career as a cartoonist started in 1989.

Have you ever wondered how rich Scott Adams is, as of mid- 2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Scott Adams’ net worth is as high as $75 million, an amount earned through his successful career as a cartoonist. In addition to creating a highly popular character, Adams has also worked as a writer, producer, and actor which has also improved his net worth.


Scott Adams Net Worth $75 Million


Scott Raymond Adams was born to Virginia and Paul Adams and is of half-German descent. Scott loved the “Peanuts” comics when he was a child, and started drawing at the age of six, winning his first competition at the age of eleven. Adams was rejected from art school in 1968 and opted to study law at the Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School, form where he graduated in 1975. In 1979, Adams received his Bachelor degree in Economics at Hartwick College, and then moved to California, and in 1986, he received his MBA in economics and management from the University of California, Berkeley.

He learned his trade with telecommunications engineers in Crocker National Bank in San Francisco from 1979 to 1986, during which Adams’ positions moved from management trainee, to computer programmer, then budget analyst, followed by commercial lender, product manager, and ultimately supervisor. When working as a bank teller, Adams was held at gunpoint twice in only four months.

Adams created Dilbert, based on his ex-boss Mike Goodwin while working at Crocker National Bank, and Dogbert, who was first called Dildog, was based on his family’s deceased beagle Lucy. He subsequently moved to Pacific Bell in 1986 and stayed there until 1995. In the meantime, Adams finally published Dilbert with United Media in 1989, receiving a first paycheck of $368.62 for the cartoon. Dilbert became more popular throughout the years; it had 100 newspaper publications in 1991, rising to 400 in 1993, benefiting Scott’s net worth considerably.

Adams left his job and became a full-time cartoonist in 1996, with Dilbert being published in 800 newspaper, and in the same year Adams’ first book “The Dilbert Principle” was released. In 1997, Adams won the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year and also Best Newspaper Comic Strip of 1997, and he became a famous cartoonist. In 1998, the TV series “Dilbert” was launched, but it was cancelled after only two seasons and 30 episodes, however, it generated more money to Adams’ account, and also more popularity because, by the end of 2000, Dilbert was published in over 2,000 newspapers in 57 countries and 19 languages.

Scott Adams appeared in the TV series “News Radio” in 1996, and in “Babylon 5” (one of his favourite shows) in 1997.

In addition, Scott is a co-owner of Stacey’s Café in Pleasanton, California, and a CEO of Scott Adams Foods, Inc., the company that makes the Dilberito, a vegan microwave burrito, and Protein Chef. Being an owner of successful businesses has allowed Adams to increase his net worth significantly.

Regarding his personal life, Scott Adams was married to Shelly Miles from 2006 to 2014 and has two children with her. He is a vegetarian and hypnotist. He has had two serious health issues since 2004; firstly he suffered from focal dystonia which affected his ability to draw for a period of time, and he also had problems with spasmodic dysphonia, a condition which damages the vocal cords and causes the voice to sound abnormal. Adams underwent surgery, and his voice is entirely functional now. Scott Adams currently lives in Pleasanton, California.

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