James Patterson Biography – Age, Education, Personal Life, Career, Net Worth, Assets, and Awards

James Patterson And His Family

James Patterson was born in Newburgh, New York, on March 22, 1947, to Charles and Isabelle Patterson. Charles was an insurance broker, while Isabelle was a schoolteacher. When James was quite young, the entire family moved to Boston, where James lived with his parents, three younger sisters, and his grandmother in a poor house.

Age, Physical Appearance, and Height

James Patterson was born on March 22 1947, and according to the calculation, his current age is 75 years. 

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James Patterson was a good student in high school though he never enjoyed reading. While studying for his B.A. in English at Manhattan College in the Bronx, he took up reading and, after being encouraged by family and friends, commenced writing, a pastime that became his primary obsession. James took up employment as an orderly working the night shifts in ‘Mclean Hospital’ in Belmont to pay the college fee as a teenager.

After graduating from college, he enrolled at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee for a master’s degree and a PhD in English literature. However, after just one year, he quit the course because he thought his studies would kill his love of reading, and the PhD itself had little value.

Personal Life

James Patterson married Susan, who also worked in JWT, in 1977, and the couple settled in Florida, where they still spend most of their time. Their son, Jack, was born in 1998. He established the ‘James Patterson PageTurner Awards’ in 2005, which had a mission of funding schools, educators, companies, and other institutions that implement effective and original ways of spreading the excitement of reading and books. However, the James Patterson PageTurner Awards were put on hold in 2008. Patterson wanted to focus on a new initiative to assist parents, teachers, and librarians in finding the best books to encourage children of different ages and interest groups to read. He has donated millions of books to schools, youth programs, and U.S. soldiers, as well as a significant part of his wealth to public school libraries, independent bookstores, his alma mater, Manhattan College and the, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Wisconsin, his wife’s alma mater. He has also established over four hundred ‘Teacher Education Scholarships’ at various colleges and universities. ‘JIMMY Patterson’, a children’s book imprint at ‘Little, Brown, was launched in 2015 to turn kids into lifelong readers and serve parents, teachers, librarians, and booksellers.


Enthused by the success of his first book, Patterson wrote several novels after that, like “Season of the Machete ‘(1977), ‘See How They Run’ (1979), and ‘Virgin’ (1980), all of which failed to enamour both of the critics and the readers.

Devastated by the death of his girlfriend, Jane, due to a brain tumour, he developed high blood pressure and other medical conditions and quit writing to focus on his job. Within a couple of years, he rose to become the creative director of ‘JWT’.

When Patterson resumed writing, he changed his writing style. He worked on ‘The Midnight Club’ by first making a plot draft with all the important events and then fleshing out the story with description and detail while improving the language. Pleased with this new “colloquial storytelling”, by the early ’90s, he was writing in an unembellished style streamlined WITH fast-paced plots in small chapters.

He achieved his first big success with his novel ‘Along Came a Spider’ in 1993. The book featuring Alex Cross, an African-American homicide detective, topped the bestseller charts due to its racy plot. Patterson used all his advertising experience to create a TV commercial to promote the book. This step was completely out of the ordinary in the publishing industry of those times. An initially taken-aback ‘Little, Brown and Company’ came on board and agreed to share half the cost of production and telecast of the commercial, with Patterson footing the other half.

In 1996, even though Patterson was the chairman of ‘J Walter Thompson’, he quit the organization to concentrate on his writing. In addition to the ‘Alex Cross’ crime novels that had caught the fancy of the readers, many of which have also been made into films, Patterson has written many other crime novel series like ‘Women’s Murder Club’ series, ‘Michael Bennett’ series, ‘Private’ series, and ‘NYPD Red’ series.

He co-authored a book for the first time in 1996 when he teamed up with Peter De Jonge to write ‘Miracle on the 17th Green’. Even though he has been criticized, Patterson has regularly collaborated with other authors.

Many of the titles in the ‘Women’s Murder Club’ series that feature a quartet of enterprising women professionals solving crimes have been co-written. The books also provided the basis for a TV series telecast in 2007-08.

In addition to his staple crime fiction series, Patterson has regularly written stand-alone novels. At the same time, many are thrillers and crime fiction penned in the best traditions of the genres, books like ‘Sundays at Tiffany’s (2008), co-written with Gabrielle Charbonnet, were a supernatural romance, ‘The Christmas Wedding’ (2011), co-authored with Richard DiLallo, a family drama, and ‘The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King’ (2009), written in collaboration with Martin Dugard, historical non-fiction.

In 2005, James Patterson wrote the first of the ‘Maximum Ride’ series of science-fiction novels after realizing that his son, Jack, did not show much interest in reading. The series was targeted at young adults but had an appeal to readers of all ages.

Encouraged by the success of ‘Maximum Ride’, he subsequently created many series aimed at young readers like ‘Confessions’, ‘Daniel X’, ‘Middle School’, ‘I Funny’, ‘Treasure Hunters’, ‘House of Robots’, ‘Witch and Wizard’ as well as many stand-alone books. The ‘Maximum Ride’, ‘Daniel X’, and ‘Witch & Wizard series were also very successfully adapted as graphic novels.

In June 2018, ‘The President Is Missing’, co-authored by Patterson and the former American president, Bill Clinton, was published and topped all the bestseller charts immediately. The first week’s sales of more than 250,000 copies were the biggest debut by an adult fiction book since ‘Set a Watchman’, the sequel to ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ in 2015.

Major Works

  • ‘Along with Came a Spider’ (1993), the first ‘Alex Cross book, was Patterson’s first major success.
  • The President Is Missing (2018) was a big hit and topped The New York Times Best Seller list.

Net Worth

James Patterson is an American author and producer who has a net worth of $800 million. He is best known for his novels revolving around fictional psychologist Alex Cross, and he has also written the “Women’s Murder Club,” “Detective Michael Bennett,” “Maximum Ride,” “Daniel X,” and “Witch and Wizard” series, as well as many stand-alone thrillers and non-fiction books. Patterson’s books have sold more than 300 million copies worldwide, making him the world’s best-selling author. Patterson has written more than 140 novels since 1976 and holds “The New York Times” record for the highest number of #1 best-selling fiction titles by a single author (67), which is also a Guinness World Record; he holds the Guinness World Record for “First author to sell more than one million e-books” as well.

James Patterson Assets

Home – James Patterson is an American personality who is one of America’s richest and wealthiest people. Patterson owns plenty of real estate properties in America. He has a house in almost all states of America, like New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Washington, Texas, etc.


The ‘National Book Foundation’ has been awarded the prestigious ‘Literarian Award’ for its efforts “to make books and reading a national priority.

Car Collection

James Patterson owns dozens and dozens of cars. He has a massive collection of cars, including some of the most classic and beautiful ones. Patterson owns cars like Mercedes Benz, Toyota, Ford, Audi Q7, Rolls Royce, and many more. 

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Riya Kapoor

Riya Kapoor writes about lifestyle, entertainment, news and gadgets. She has been in this industry for almost 4 years now. She is a graduate from Delhi University with English Hons and had deep connection with writing since her childhood.

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