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Matt Groening Net Worth

Updated January 2, 2020
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How much is Matt Groening worth? $600 million

How did Matt Groening earn his money and wealth?

Matt Groening was born on 15th February 1954 in Portland, Oregon. He is a famous cartoonist, voice artist, writer, animator, and producer. He is best known for creating the shows Disenchantment, Futurama, The Simpsons, Life in Hell, etc. Matt Groening has a career in entertainment that spans four decades i.e., from 1977 to the present day. During his college days at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Matt Groening used to be the editor of the campus newspaper, The Copper Point Journal. He drew cartoons and illustrations and also wrote articles.

With high hopes, in 1977, Matt Groening moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career in writing. He did a series of odd jobs including busing tables, washing utensils for a nursing home, etc. for livelihood. He worked for Hollywood Licorice Pizza as a clerk for a while. He was landscaping at a sewage treatment plant too. He drove people around as a chauffeur and offered his services as a ghostwriter for a director who had retired. In his free time, he self-published a comic, Life in Hell. When he was working in the Licorice Pizza record store, he distributed the comic to the people there. He got a lucky break when he sold his comic for the first time to the Wet magazine, the comic strip “Forbidden Words” was published in the September/October issue the same year.

Soon after, Matt Groening was hired by the Los Angeles Reader which was a new and alternative newspaper. His initial duties involved delivering newspapers in the neighborhood, typesetting, answering phone calls and editing small articles. One day, Matt Groening showed his comic strips to the main editor James Vowell who was impressed. That is how he landed a spot in the alternative newspaper. Later, Life in Hell found its big break when it officially debuted The Reader in 1980. Matt Groening was also given his own weekly column “Sound Mix” which was supposed to have topics about music but featured various articles on Matt Groening’s obsessions, interests, and problems. Sometimes, he would make up stuff to connect with his readers.

Eventually, the column was stopped. One of the fans of that column was Harry Shearer who later became a voice artist with The Simpsons. Soon after being published, Life in Hell garnered fans. Matt Groening’s then-girlfriend offered to officially publish the strip in a book format. After becoming a big hit, Matt Groening went on to create The Simpsons and Futurama.

He was placed at number four in 2007 in a list of the “top 100 living geniuses”. It was published by The Daily Telegraph. He is the recipient of the 2,459th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame which was awarded to him on February 14, 2012.

What are the highest grossing movies and shows of Matt Groening?

  1. Life in Hell (1977 – 2012)
  2. The Simpsons (1989 – present)
  3. Futurama (1993 – 2003, 2008 – 2013)
  4. The Tracey Ullman Show (1987 – 1989)
  5. Olive, the Other Reindeer (1999)

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