Clive Cussler Net Worth 2017: Short Bio & Wiki

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Clive Cussler was born on the 15th July 1931, in Aurora, Illinois USA, and is an author and underwater explorer, best known for his thriller novels around the main character, Dirk Pitt. Cussler’s books are multiple best-sellers, and he also owns the National Underwater and Marine Agency which discovered more than 60 shipwrecks. His career started in 1973.

Have you ever wondered how rich Clive Cussler is as of late 2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Clive Cussler’s net worth is as high as $80 million, an amount earned through his successful career as a writer. In addition to having written over 70 books, some of his stories have made it to film, and all improved his wealth considerably.

Clive Cussler Net Worth $80 Million

Clive Cussler is a son of Amy, who is of English descent, and Eric Cussler, who is of German ancestry. He grew up in California and went to Pasadena City College for two years before joining the US Air Force during the Korean War, making Sergeant. After the war, he worked in the advertising industry, initially as a copywriter and later as a creative director.

In 1973, Cussler published his debut book “The Mediterranean Caper”, with Dirk Pitt as a protagonist of the story. Pitt would continue to be Cussler’s main character in the years to come. By the end of the ‘70s, Clive had written “Iceberg” (1975), “Raise the Titanic!” (1976), and “Vixen 03” (1978), with “Raise the Titanic!” made into a film in 1980 starring Jason Robards, Richard Jordan, David Selby, and Alec Guinness.

In the ‘80s, Cussler released five more books based on Dirk Pitt’s adventures: “Night Probe!” (1981), “ Pacific Vortex!”, “Deep Six” (1984), “Cyclops”, and “Treasure” (1988). The success of his books in the ‘70s and ‘80s helped Cussler to increase his net worth significantly. He continued to write, and published “Dragon” (1990) and “Sahara” (1992), with the latter a movie adaptation in 2005 starring Matthew McConaughey, Penélope Cruz, and Steve Zahn. By the end of the ‘90s, Clive had released “Inca Gold” (1994), “Shock Wave” (1996), “Flood Tide” (1997), and “Atlantis Found” (1999), followed by another nine Dirk Pitt’s books in the new century, including “Valhalla Rising” (2001), “Trojan Odyssey” (2003), “Treasure of Khan” (2006), “Poseidon’s Arrow” (2012), and most recently “Odessa Sea” (2016).

Cussler has also written a series of 13 books thus far about the adventures of Kurt Austin, a Team Leader of NUMA’s Special Assignments Division, including “Serpent” (1999), “Lost City” (2004), “Medusa” (2009), and “Devil’s Gate” (2011), while the next one “Nighthawk” will be released in 2017. The prolific Cussler has produced three more series of books: “The Oregon Files” (11 books from 2003 to date), “Isaac Bell Adventures” (ten books from 2007 to date), and “Fargo Adventures” (eight books from 2007 to date). His net worth has risen steadily.
Aside from these series, Clive has worked on non-fiction and children’s books, including “The Sea Hunters: True Adventures with Famous Shipwrecks” (1996), “The Sea Hunters II” (2002), “The Adventures of Vin Fiz” (2006), and “The Adventures of Hotsy Totsy” (2010).

Regarding his personal life, Clive Cussler was married to Barbara Knight from 1955 until her death in 2003, and they had three children together.

Quick Facts

Birth date: July 15, 1931
Birth place: Aurora, Illinois, USA
Profession:Author
Education:Pasadena City College
Nationality:American
Spouse:Barbara Knight (m. 1955–2003), Janet Horvath
Children:Dirk Cussler, Dayna Cussler, Teri Cussler
Parents:Amy Cussler, Eric Cussler
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Did not start writing until he was 34 years old.
2He has had 17 consecutive novels on the ''New York Times Bestsellers list".
3Began handing the reigns of his Dirk Pitt franchise over to his son, Dirk Cussler, with the 2004 novel "Dark Wind." Father and son co-authored the book (which focuses on Pitt's son Dirk Pitt Jr.) and also collaborated on the next in the series, "Treasure of Khan" (2006).
4Named his popular adventure character "Dirk Pitt" after his own son, Dirk Cussler.
5Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, Vol. 131, pages 78-84. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Writes himself into his books


Quotes

#Quote
1On the screen adaptation of his book, Sahara: "I don't know whose book they think they're adapting but it sure isn't mine. I can't approve what they're doing. I've thrown away all the scripts they've sent me - seven or eight so far - and told them to go back and follow the book. But they refuse. They insist on doing it their way."


Filmography

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sahara2005novel
Raise the Titanic1980novel

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Raise the Titanic1980Bearded Reporter (uncredited)

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sea Hunters2002TV Series documentaryHost / narrator
Raising the Hunley2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sunk on Christmas Eve2001TV Movie documentaryHimself / Host
The Dennis Miller Show1992TV SeriesHimself

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