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- Net Worth:
- $90 Million
- Date of Birth:
- Aug 10, 1962 (61 years old)
- Place of Birth:
- Writer, Author, Screenwriter
- United States of America
What is Suzanne Collins' Net Worth?
Suzanne Collins is an American television writer and novelist who has a net worth of $90 million. She is best known as the author of The New York Times best-selling series The Underland Chronicles and The Hunger Games trilogy (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay). Suzanne Collins' books have sold over 85 million copies worldwide.
Suzanne Collins was born August 10, 1962 in Hartford, Connecticut to Jane Brady Collins and Lieutenant Colonel Michael John Collin. Her father was a U.S. Air Force officer who served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. Collins is the youngest of four children. Although the military family was constantly moving, she spent her childhood in the eastern United States. In 1980, Collins graduated from Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham in 1980 as a Theater Arts major. She earned her bachelor of arts degree from Indiana University Bloomington in 1985. She went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in dramatic writing from the New York University Tisch School of the Arts in 1989.
In 1991, Suzanne Collins began her professional career writing for children's television on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains it All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. She was a head writer for Scholastic's "Clifford's Puppy Days" and received a Writers Guild of America nomination in animation for co-writing the critically acclaimed Christmas special "Santa Baby." For preschool viewers, she authored multiple stories for the Emmy-nominated Little Bear and Oswald. She also co-wrote the Rankin/Bass Christmas special, Santa, Baby! with her friend, Peter Bakalian, which was nominated for a WGA Award in Animation. Most recently she was the Head Writer for Scholastic Entertainment's Clifford's Puppy Days and a freelancer on Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!
While working on a kid's WB show called Generation O! she met children's author and illustrator James Proimos, who talked her into giving children's books a try—and Gregor the Overlander, the first book in her five-part fantasy/war series The Underland Chronicles, was born. Between 2003 and 2007, Collins wrote several books in this series: "Underland Chronicles," "Gregor the Overlander," "Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane," "Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods," "Gregor and the Marks of Secret," and "Gregor and the Code of Claw." During this time period she also wrote a rhyming picture book "When Charlie McButton Lost Power," about a boy obsessed with computer games. It was illustrated by Mike Lester and came out in 2005. It has been sold into 4 foreign territories.
The Hunger Games
In September 2008, Collins released "The Hunger Games," the first book of a trilogy, through Scholastic Press. It was inspired partly by the Greek myth of Theseus. She was also inspired by her father's career in the Air Force, stating that she was given insight at an early age to poverty, starvation, and the devastating effects of war. The trilogy's second book "Catching Fire" was released in September 2009, following by "Mockingjay" in August 2010. Within 14 months, 1.5 million copies of the first two books were printed in North America alone. "The Hunger Games" sat on the New York Times Best Seller list for a cool 60 weeks in a row. Lions Gate Entertainment bought the worldwide distribution rights to a film adaptation of "The Hunger Games" in March 2009. Collins adapted the novel for film herself, along with screenwriter Billy Ray and director Gary Ross, thus the film adaptation was extremely faithful to the novel. The film, starring Jennifer Lawrence as main character Katniss Everdeen, was released on March 12, 2012. At the box office, it earned $408 million in the United States and Canada, and $286.4 million in other countries, for a worldwide total of $694.4 million.
The second two books were also adapted into film, with the last book split into two films, for a total of four movies representing the best-selling novels. Collins was named one of Time magazine's most influential people of 2010 as a result of the immense popularity of "The Hunger Games" books. Amazon announced in March 2012 that Collins had become the best-selling Kindle author of all time, and revealed that Collins had written 29 of the 100 most highlighted passages in Kindle ebooks.
In June 2019, Collins announced that she had written a prequel to "The Hunger Games" called "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes." She released it on May 19, 2020. The book had a virtual launch due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The premise is based on the life of President Coriolanus Snow, 64 years before the events of "The Hunger Games" trilogy. By April 2020, Collins and Lionsgate entertainment confirmed that plans were underway for a film adaptation of the book.
In September of 2013, Suzanne released a critically acclaimed autobiographical picture book, Year of the Jungle, illustrated by James Proimos; the book deals with the year she was six and her father was deployed to Vietnam. The book has been sold into 12 territories in 11 languages.
Collins was married to Charles Pryor from 1992-2005. The two had two children, Charlie and Isabel.