Tom Clancy was an American novelist who produced a variety of fiction many of which were best sellers. He wrote on military and espionage themes and had a very convincing, authentic and detailed aura in his novels which was the main reason for their popularity. Here is a quick summary of Tom Clancy’s net worth in 2019, career and earnings.
Tom Clancy was born on April, 2, 1947 at Baltimore, Maryland, His father Thomas Clancy worked in Postal service and his mother Catherine Clancy worked in Store’s Credit Department. He studied in Catholic Loyola High School, Maryland and he graduated from Loyola College, Baltimore in 1969 in English Literature.
He joined Army Reserve Officers Training Corps but could not continue due to his near-sightedness. He thereafter joined an insurance company in Connecticut and later ran an insurance agency where he started his writing career when he wrote in his spare time.
The very start of Tom Clancy’s career in 1982 as a writer was spectacular. His first novel ‘The Hunt for Red October’ was a national bestseller, selling over 2 million in paperback and 300000 in hard cover. It earned praise from President Ronald Reagan who called it “best yarn”.
Many of Tom Clancy’s novels had two characters Jack Ryan and John Clark, who became as famous as his novels. These novels were ‘The Hunt for Red October’, Patriot Games (1987), The Sum of all fears’ (1991) and ‘Clear and Present Danger’ (1987). These novels and many others were made into commercially successful films.
His novel ‘Red Storm Rising’ (1986) was a popular novel with a military theme co-written by Larry Bond a military oriented author. Another novel ‘Net Force’ (1999) was a novel aimed at an adult audience with a theme of combating internet crime and terrorist activities.
His Op-Centre novel ‘Tom Clancy’s Op-Centre’ was published in 1995. It is also a military theme novel which describes a situation created by renegade South Korean Soldiers who mastermind a Bomb blast in South Korea to show it as a work of North Koreans and thereby trying to start a war with North Korea. The Op-Centre counters and exposes their sinister plan. It was also made into a TV movie starring Scott Bakula and Joanna Going.
Tom Clancy’s later novels ‘The Teeth of Tiger’ (2003), Locked on (2011) and Command Authority (2013) extended his earlier themes and even characters when the earlier character Jack Ryan’s sons are a character in these novels.
Awards & Achievements:
Tom Clancy’s debut novel ‘The Hunt for Red October’ sold more than 2 million copies in paperback and 300000 in hard cover which created a record of sorts
He sold 2 million copies of his novel ‘Clear and Present Danger’ (1982) in a first printing, placing him among the only other two authors to achieve this-J.K. Rowling and John Grisham.
Tom Clancy was awarded ‘Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters’ by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1992.
He was awarded Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for literary Achievement from Navy League of USA in 1990.
Net worth of Tom Clancy
Tom Clancy’s net worth is estimated as $300 million. It was mainly built on his novel earnings, film rights of his novels-when his novels were made into successful Hollywood movies, TV rights and his work as a Video Game entrepreneur when his novels were a basis for many popular video games.
He was a part owner of Baltimore Orioles, a baseball team. His 80acre estate in Calvert County, Maryland with a large mansion and another penthouse at Ritz Carlton in Baltimore is worth $16 million.
Tom Clancy was a prolific writer with an inborn talent for military themes. Most of his novels were based on military and espionage background. He won the hearts of readers by his gripping and convincing fiction so authentic in details that it attracted military establishment to honour him. He could not go into military due to his eye problem but he made this handicap into a glorious achievement and became a legend in his own time.