|Net Worth:||$200 Million|
|Date of Birth:||July 9, 1945 (78 years old)|
|Profession:||Writer, Film Producer, Novelist, Screenwriter, Poet|
|Nationality:||United States of America|
What is Dean Koontz’s Net Worth?
Dean Koontz is an American author and producer who has a net worth of $200 million. In addition to frequently including elements of mystery, horror, science fiction, and even satire, Dean Koontz is well-recognized for his suspense thrillers. Dean has written over 100 novels, and a number of them have made the “New York Times” Bestseller List, with 14 hardcovers and 16 paperbacks now holding the top spot. Koontz is one of the richest authors in the world and has sold more than 500 million books worldwide.
Dean Ray Koontz was born on 9 July 1945, in Everett, Pennsylvania. When Koontz was a senior at Shippensburg State College, he placed first in the “Atlantic Monthly” fiction competition. After earning his degree in 1967, he started working as an English teacher at Mechanicsburg High School.
Dean participated in the 1960s Appalachian Poverty Program, an effort to aid underprivileged children that was supported by the federal government. Koontz acknowledged in his book “The Dean Koontz Companion” that his involvement with the Appalachian Poverty Program taught him that “the majority of these organizations are not meant to serve anyone, but rather to control individuals and make them reliant.
Star Quest, Koontz’s debut book, was released in 1968. The following year, he also released “The Fall of the Dream Machine,” “The Dark Symphony,” and “Fear That Man.” He began writing horror and suspense in the 1970s, occasionally under a pseudonym. Aaron Wolfe, Brian Coffey, Owen West, Deanna Dwyer, and David Axton are some of the names Dean has adopted. Dean released more than 30 novels within the ten-year period.
In the 1990s, Dean published more than 20 novels. The 1998 film adaptation of “Phantoms,” which starred Peter O’Toole, Rose McGowan, Joanna Going, Liev Schreiber, and Ben Affleck and received a Saturn Award nomination for Best Horror Film, was written and executive produced by Koontz.
Jeff Goldblum, Christine Lahti, Alicia Silverstone, Alfred Molina, and Jeremy Sisto starred in the 1995 adaptation of “Hideaway,” and Stephen Baldwin, Thomas Haden Church, James Coburn, and Kaley Cuoco starred in the ABC miniseries “Mr. Murder.”
The first book of a series of seven, “Odd Thomas,” by Koontz, was released in 2003. Along with the illustrated book “Oddkins: A Fable for All Ages” and the 2013 movie with Anton Yelchin in the lead, “Odd Thomas” also generated three prequel graphic novels, two novellas, and other works of fiction.
Dean committed to starting his Amazon Publishing book and story releases in 2019. Over the course of their collaboration with Amazon, Koontz has released a number of novels as well as more than a dozen Amazon Original Stories.
On October 15, 1966, Dean tied the knot with Gerda Ann Cerra, his high school love. Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) received $2.5 million from Koontz between 1991 and 2004, and in return, they gave him a Golden Retriever named Trixie. Trixie is acknowledged as the author of three works by Dean.
Trixie died in 2007 after she was diagnosed with incurable cancer which made her develop a hole in her heart.
In a renowned gated neighborhood in Newport Beach, California called Pelican Hill, Dean, and Gerda paid $9 million in 2000 for a 2.5-acre undeveloped hilltop property.
In a nearby gated neighborhood called Shady Canyon Gerda and Dean are the owners of two homes. Around the time that their Pelican Hill mansion was sold, they paid $10.5 million for one of the properties. They purchased their first Shady Canyon home in 2019 for $11.6 million.
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