Harper Lee Net Worth 2016

Nelle Harper Lee Net Worth

Real Name: Nelle Harper Lee
Date of Birth: 04/28/1926
Place of Birth: Monroeville, Alabama

2017 Net Worth: $35 Million
2016 Earnings: $3.2 Million

Profession: Writer

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Nelle Harper Lee was born in April of 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama. Although everyone knows this famous writer as Harper Lee, she used her first name, Nelle, on everything but her books. Lee’s father practiced law and worked for the Alabama State Legislature between 1926 and 1938. Before Lee’s father became a title lawyer, he once defended two black men in the murder of a white storekeeper. The men were eventually convicted and hung.

Lee moved to New York City in 1949 in hopes of writing a novel. She took a job working as an airline reservation agent, writing her novel in her spare time. She managed to write a few long stories, which helped her obtain an agent in 1956. For Christmas of 1956, she received a gift from composer Michael Brown; an envelope containing one years worth of earnings. He told her to spend the next year writing her novel and to finish it already!

In 1957, Lee finished To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the most famous novels in history. This book has sold more than 40 million copies and has been translated into more than 40 languages. Even now, the book sells about 1 million copies each and every year.

Lee earns approximately $3.2 million each year simply on royalties from this book. This equals about $9,200 each day! All from 1 book that she wrote more than 50 years ago. In February of 2015, Lee told the world that she had finally written a sequel to her infamous first book. Go Set a Watchman has also been a commercial success.

Lee never moved from her childhood town of Monroeville. This great author passed away peacefully in her sleep February 19,2016, at 89 years of age. Her net worth at the time of her passing was $35 million.

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