Salman Rushdie is a famous British Indian author who is well-known for his novels and essays. Salman Rushdie is most renowned for getting knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his service in Literature. Salman Rushdie is popular for his second novel, ‘Midnight’s Children’ that won him the Booker Prize (1981). Continue reading to find the estimated net worth of Salman Rushdie as of 2019.
Early Life & Biography:
Salman Rushdie was born as Ahmed Salman Rushdie on 19th June 1947 in Bombay in India under British Raj. Salman’s father Anis Ahmed Rushdie was educated from Cambridge; he was a lawyer but, worked as a businessman. Salman’s mother, Negin Bhatt was a teacher. Salman has three sisters. The family belonged to a Kashmiri Muslim family.
Salman Rushdie attended Cathedral and John Connon School (Bombay) and Rugby School (Warwickshire). Salman earned his degree in History from King’s College (University of Cambridge).
Salman was married to Clarissa Luard (1976-1987), and they have a son, Zafar (b.1979). Salman was married to Marianne Wiggins (1988-1993). Salman was married to Elizabeth West (1997-2004), and they have a son, Milan (b. 1997). Salman was married to Padma Lakshmi (2004-2007).
Career, Awards & Nominations:
Salman Rushdie’s first job in an advertising agent was to copy write for Aero and American Express. His notable novels include: 1975s ‘Grimus’, 1981s ‘Midnight’s Children’, 1983s ‘Shame’ (1983), 1988s ‘The Satanic Verses’, 1995s ‘The Moor’s Last Sigh’, 1999s ‘The Ground Beneath Her Feet’, 2001s ‘Fury’, 2005s ‘Shalimar the Clown’, 2008s ‘The Enchantress of Florence’, 2015s ‘Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights’ and 2017s ‘The Golden House’.
Salman Rushdie’s ‘The Satanic Verses’ was controversial and misinterpreted in the Islamic world. In 1989, then Islamic religious leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini announced a fatwa on Radio Tehran. Till date, ‘The Satanic Verses’ is banned in Muslim countries. Salman Rushdie in his book 2012s ‘Joseph Anton: A Memoir’ has described his life after authoring ‘The Satanic Verses.’
Salman Rushdie earned the French title ‘Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ (1999). Queen Elizabeth II knighted Salman Rushdie as Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie for his service to Literature (2007). He has won other awards including Author of the Year (British Book Awards), Booker Prize for Fiction for 1981s ‘Midnight’s Children’, Golden PEN Award, James Joyce Award – University College Dublin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Honorary Professorship, Premio Grinzane Cavour (Italy), Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award for Children’s Fiction, and more.
Net Worth & Earnings:
As of now, the net worth of Salman Rushdie is $17 million. Salman Rushdie earns most of his wealth from the sale of his published novels and essays. He is famous for his controversial writings that have drawn more readers. Salman Rushdie also earns from appearing on television shows and enacting in movies. Salman Rushdie earned $97,830 from the sale of his novel ‘Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights’ (2016). Around 9 thousand copies were sold in the first week after publication. Salman Rushdie earned $105,750 from the sale of his novel ‘The Golden House’ (2017). Around 9 thousand copies were sold in the first week after publication.
In 2000, Salman Rushdie relocated to the US and taught at the Emory University, Georgia. Currently, he mostly resides in New York City.