Inconceivable! See ‘Princess Bride’ Screenwriter William Goldman’s Net Worth at His Passing

See how the screenwriter of your favorite movies made millions.
  • William Goldman, the acclaimed American novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter, died on Friday, Nov. 16.
  • His screenwriting credits include classic movies like “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “All the President’s Men” and “The Princess Bride.”
  • Goldman was worth a reported $15 million.

Novelist and screenwriter William Goldman died on Friday, Nov. 16, at the age of 87.

Goldman was a gifted writer and storyteller and a staple among Hollywood and literary circles. His legacy will live on through his body of work that began in the 1960s. Goldman received many accolades, including two Academy Awards for scripting the films “All the President’s Men” and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” Here’s a look the net worth he accumulated from his legendary Hollywood career.

Birthdate: Aug. 12, 1931
Net worth: $15 million
Main sources of income: Writing
Career highlights: Won two Academy Awards

William Goldman Net Worth: $15M

During Goldman’s lucrative writing career, he amassed a fortune of $15 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. He was an outspoken critic of show business and entertainment, but the very industry Goldman was suspicious of generously compensated his talents and gifts.

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Modest and critical of his own work, Goldman never fancied himself a screenwriter. During an interview with The New York Times in 1979, he famously categorized himself as “a novelist who writes screenplays.” Over the course of his career, Goldman penned more than 20 novels and more than 20 screenplays.

The wordsmith was also responsible for bringing the world movie scripts like “The Stepford Wives,” “Flowers for Algernon,” “Misery,” “Chaplin,” “Wild Card” and “A Bridge Too Far.” He is likely best known for “The Princess Bride.” Although it was met with a lukewarm box office response, Goldman’s novel-turned-screenplay “The Princess Bride” went on to become a cult classic.

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William Goldman’s Life Before Hollywood

Goldman was born on Aug. 12, 1931, in Highland Park, Ill.  After graduating from Oberlin College, Goldman left the Midwest for New York City. Despite receiving less than stellar reviews from his peers and college professors while at Oberlin, he attended graduate school at Columbia University and was determined to forge his own path as a writer. His first novel was published in 1957, the year after he graduated with his master’s degree.

Goldman sold his first original screenplay for $400,000 (equivalent to more than $2.75 million today) for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” It was this screenplay that launched his Hollywood career.

He is survived by his partner, Susan Burden, a daughter and a grandson.

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