Jonathan Franzen Net Worth

Raquel Davies | November 15, 2013






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Jonathan Franzen has an estimated net worth of $70 million

Jonathan Franzen is is an American essayist and novelist with an estimated net worth of $70 million. Jonathan Franzen was born August 17,1959 in Western Springs, Illinois. He grew up in Webster Groves, Missouri. Franzen studied German at Swarthmore College. During his undergraduate education, he studied abroad in Munich. While in Munich he gathered a lot of experiences that would inspire him to write his first novel. After graduating from college, Franzen moved to Boston with his wife to pursue a career as a novelist. Those plans fell through, and in 1987, Franzen moved to New York City. While living in New York City, he was able to write his first novel, The Twenty-Seventh City (1988).

In 1992, Jonathan Franzen published Strong Motion, which is a story about a a dysfunctional family living on America’s East Coast. Franzen worked hard for eight years to create his masterpiece The Corrections (2001). The Corrections is a story about an elderly Midwestern couple and the trials and tribulations they face with their three adult children who are all facing rough patches in life. This novel became a major success for the Franzen. He won the 2001 National Book Award for Fiction and was a 2001 Oprah Winfrey’s book club selection. In 2002, Franzen also won a James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction and a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. More of Jonathan Franzen’s novels are Freedom (2010), How to Be Alone (2002), Farther Away (2012), The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History (2006), and Strong Motion (1992). In 2010 Franzen became the first author since Stephen King to cover a Time magazine issue. The title for the issue read ”Great American Novelist”. This brought the author major publicity.

 In addition to publishing novels and essays, Franzen writes for The New Yorker magazine. In 1994, Franzen divorced his wife, Valerie Cornell. He has a home in the Upper East Side of New York City and another home in Boulder Creek, California.

Jonathan Franzen has enough net worth to buy:

1. 3,500,000 My Little PonySo Soft Newborn Apple Sprout Dolls ($20 each)

2. 414,201.2 Jasmine S35 Acoustic Guitars ($169 each)

3. 31,602.7 Marc Jacobs Men’s Large Weekender Bags ($2,215 each)

Jonathan Franzen has enough net worth to give everyone in the Democratic Republic of the Congo $1. 

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Written by Raquel Davies

Raquel is a staff writer for She received her Bachelor's of Arts in Public Relations from Barry University. Raquel enjoys reading Sci-Fi/ Fantasy novels and watching films of that same genre. Raquel is also enjoys the theater arts and fine dining. She was raised in Maryland but currently resides in Miami. Check her out on !

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