Name: John Ray Grisham Jr.
Born: February 08, 1955
Occupation: Writer, lawyer, political figure
John Grisham, the oldest of five children, was born in Arkansas. His father worked construction and his mother was at home to care for the family. His parents always encouraged him to read and to pursue formal education – something that they didn’t have themselves. Grisham attended Mississippi State University where he earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1981.
This was also the same year that he got married to Renee Jones. Then he opened a practice where he offered services for both criminal and civil law. He served with the Mississippi House of Representatives from 1983 until 1990. He was inspired to write based on many of his criminal cases. The first one he wrote about was the rape of a young girl, only 12 years old.
The first novel that Grisham wrote was released in 1987 called A Time to Kill. Many publishers rejected the book. The publisher that did accept it only made 5,000 copies. This was enough though to inspire him to keep writing. His next novel was published in 1988, The Firm, and was quickly on the bestseller’s list.
His books have sold over 250 million copies around the world! Several of the books he has written have also been turned into box office hit movies. Today, he is estimated to be worth approximately $200 million! He is still married to Renee and they have two daughters. The couple is very involved with their church and teach the Sunday school program.
So how much is $200 million dollars really?
Given the fact that Grisham has always been involved with the law and with making things right, it seems fitting he could spend his $200 million on solving various criminal cases. The average cost of doing so is $100,000 per case so his money can go to great use. Being able to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt what occurred and to give families closer is a tremendous gift. Also being able to get those wrongly convicted out of jail is justice on a whole new level.
With his amount of money, his team of experts or even students with a zest for the law can take care of $5,000 cases around the country. A lack of time and a lack of money are the two factors that often allow such cases to slip through the cracks or be on hold for years.