David Benioff is an American screenwriter and TV producer. He is most widely known as the co-writer and the executive producer of the HBO TV series, “Game of Thrones”. He has also written a few bestselling books and the screenplays of a few movies. To know more about David Benioff’s net worth in 2019, keep reading this article.
David Benioff was born to Barbara Benioff and Stephen Friedman. Stephen Friedman was the former head of Goldman Sachs. He was born into this Jewish family on 25th September, 1970 in New York City. He had two elder siblings, Suzy and Caroline. David Benioff is also distantly related to the entrepreneur, Marc Benioff. His early childhood residence was in Manhattan, but then he moved with his family to 86th street, which was where he spent most of his life. When he was sixteen, the family moved to a place near the U.N. Headquarters.
David Benioff went to The Collegiate School. Then after graduating, he went to Dartmouth College. After college, he did several odd jobs, including as a bouncer of a club. He also got to be an English teacher at a school in Brooklyn. David Benioff also wanted to pursue a career in the academia and with this target he went to Trinity College, Dublin. While at the college where he was studying Irish literature, David Benioff wrote a thesis on Samuel Becket. Soon after this, he went to get a job as a radio jockey because he had lost interest in academics. Later, he joined a creative writing programme at the University of California Irvine from where he received his master’s degree in the year 1999.
David Benioff got married to Amanda Peet in 2006. The couple now has three children, Frances Pen Friedman, Molly June Friedman and Henry Peet Friedman.
David Benioff took two years to complete his first novel, “The 25th Hour”. This was part of his thesis for his master’s degree. It was soon adopted into a film called “25th Hour”. His first collection of short stories is called “When Nines Roll Over”. It was published in 2004. He has also written the scripts for some of the best screenplays in Hollywood. For instance, the screenplays for movies, like “Troy”, the psychological thriller “Stay” and “The Kite Runner” in 2007.
For the 2009 movie, “X Men Origins: Wolverine”, which was a spin-off of “X-Men”, David Benioff wrote the scripts. David Benioff along with D.B. Weiss started working on adapting the series of novels called “The Song of Ice and Fire” by George RR Martin and eventually turned it into the popular TV show, “Game of Thrones”. The duo also started producing it. The Series premiered in 2011 on HBO, after a year of shooting.
In 2008, David Benioff had published his second novel, “City of Thieves”. In 2014, he and D.B. Weiss had allegedly started working on adapting the novel, “Dirty White Boys” into a screenplay and then also directing and producing it themselves. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are also set to start work on a TV series called “Confederate” after the final season of “Game of Thrones”.
Awards and achievements
David Benioff may not have many formal awards, but he has achieved immense popularity, and his show “Game of Thrones”, has undoubtedly been one of the most phenomenal shows in television history.
Net Worth of David Benioff
David Benioff’s estimated net worth is $22 million, all thanks to the magic he creates on screen with his whimsical shows.
David Benioff throughout his career has tried out different kinds of professions, including that of being a Radio jockey, before starting his career in writing. He has had many failures, like his script for the Kurt Cobain biopic was rejected. Nevertheless, he went on to write various successful screenplays. Even his novels have been very successful.