Salman Rushdie Net Worth

Whether it’s books, articles, blogs, movie scripts or pieces in magazines, these authors sure earn a lot. Famous for their work and impact to various communities and demographics globally, authors are usually very respected and have huge followings. Salman Rushdie, the British-Indian Writer, Novelist, Author, Copywriter, Screenwriter is no exception from this rule. This person was born in unknown on the June 19, 1947. As a kid and throughout his teenage years, attending Cathedral and John Connon School, Mumbai, Rugby School, Warwickshire, King’s College, University of Cambridge helped develop a love for creating content and writing pieces. Salman Rushdie has a family of Anis Ahmed Rushdie, Negin Bhatt unknown Milan Rushdie, Zafar Rushdie. Standing at 5 ft 7 in (1.702 m) tall, Salman Rushdie has a huge fanbase throughout every continent. So, do you want to know how much this person is worth? Well, the total estimated net worth of Salman Rushdie is said to be $15 Million.

Read more about Salman Rushdie Biography

To begin with, Rushdie grew up in Bombay, in the family of a businessman-lawyer and a teacher. Later, he studied history and graduated with honours from King’s College, Cambridge, England. He then worked at advertising agencies (Ogilvy & Mather and Ayer Barker) before devoting himself entirely to literature.

Despite his Indian origins, Rushdie is one of the leading writers of modern English literature. He began his writing career with “Grimus” (1975) part fantasy part science fiction tale, which was generally ignored by the public and critics. His next book, “Midnight’s Children” (1981) brought him literary fame, is considered to be his best work, and had a great impact on Indian and British literature. After the success of “Midnight’s Children”, Rushdie published a short novel “Shame” in 1983. Here he gives a picture of the political turmoil in the independent Pakistan; both works are characterized by their magic realist style and approach to the Indian subcontinent from the perspective of the immigrant.

In 1988, “The Satanic Verses” was released. The book mixes the Quran with Bollywood, which led to controversy on a global scale, such that in the summer of 1989, a bomb was exploded in London’s Paddington that was meant for Rushdie. The British government banned a Pakistani movie, in which Rushdie is depicted as a casino owner who wants to overthrow the Pakistani government. Rushdie was against this ban and praised the scenes of the film. His fame and net worth were both growing.

Thereafter Rushdie’s horizon widened: besides India and Pakistan, he brought the Western world into the picture – “The Moor’s Last Sigh” (1995) addresses the cultural and trade relations between India and the Iberian Peninsula. Four years later in “The Ground Beneath her Feet” (1999), the rock ‘n’ roll scene in the background of the USA is described. “Fury” (2001) takes mostly place in the USA, and is about New York during the height of America’s wealth and power. In the novel, “Shalimar the Clown” (2005) Rushdie discusses the problems of the state of Kashmir, which is disputed by India and Pakistan. In his autobiographical novel – “Joseph Anton” (2012) – the author describes the events of his life under the ongoing fatwa as well as this friendships with other authors. He emphasized among other things that the events had not changed him as a writer. Recently, “Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights” (2015) was released, a story again set in New York.

Rushdie was awarded the Booker Prize in 1981 and the Booker of Bookers Prize in 1993; this is the award for the best novel in 25 years to win a Booker Prize.

Finally, in the personal life of the author, Rushdie has been married four times, including to Clarissa Luard (1976–1987) with whom he has a son; Marianne Wiggins(1988–1993); Elizabeth West (1997–2004) which produced another son; and finally to date, to Padma Lakshmi(2004–2007).

Structural info

  • Full Name: Salman Rushdie
  • Net Worth: $15 Million
  • Date Of Birth: June 19, 1947
  • Place Of Birth: Mumbai, India
  • Height: 5 ft 7 in (1.702 m)
  • Profession: Writer, Novelist, Author, Copywriter, Screenwriter
  • Education: Cathedral and John Connon School, Mumbai, Rugby School, Warwickshire, King’s College, University of Cambridge
  • Nationality: British-Indian
  • Spouse: Padma Lakshmi (m. 2004–2007), Elizabeth West (1997-2004), Marianne Wiggins (1988-1993), Clarissa Luard (1976-1987)
  • Children: Milan Rushdie, Zafar Rushdie
  • Parents: Anis Ahmed Rushdie, Negin Bhatt
  • Nicknames: Ahmed Salman Rushdie , Rushdie, Salman , Sir Salman Rushdie , Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie , अहमद सलमान रुशदी , احمد سلمان رشدی
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  • Awards: Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award, Golden Pen Award, Writers’ Guild Award, Hutch Crossword Book Award, Winner of Booker Prize (1981), Edgerton Prize of the American Civil Liberties Union, Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France (1999
  • Nominations: Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours (2007), Whitbread Prize for Best Novel (twice), James Tait Black Prize, European Union’s Aristeion Prize for Literature, Author of the Year Prizes (Britain, Germany)
  • Movies: Midnight’s Children, Then She Found Me, Concerning the Bodyguard, Paperback Dreams, Odd Streets Run West, Great Writers: Salman Rushdie
  • TV Shows: Next People


  • [Comment on the Fatwa] I wish I’d written a more offensive book…
  • I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of satire, which has always been a force of liberty and against tyranny, dishonesty and stupidity. “Respect for religion” has become a code phrase meaning “fear of religion”. Religions, like all other ideas, deserve criticism, satire, and yes, our fearless disrespect.
  • The suicide bomber’s imagination leads him to believe in a brilliant act of heroism, when in fact he is blowing himself up pointlessly and taking other people’s lives.
  • The lessons learned at school are not necessarily those the school thinks it’s teaching.
  • [on how he managed to weather the storm over ‘Satanic Verses’] Just by being bloody-minded. I think I’m tougher than I thought I was. One of the things…was that I just wanted to be myself… to keep writing books I wanted to write. I think, if you knew nothing about my life story, if you’d never seen anything about my life and all you had was my books to look at, there isn’t a great rift in 1989. It’s not that writing after that is radically different in the writing before that. I think [it] has its own continuity, and I’ve tried very hard to do that.
  • [on a forced shutdown in Sri Lanka during the filming of ‘Midnight’s Children’] We lost two day’s shooting and a lot of sleep. It’s clear that there was somebody in the Iranian foreign ministry – I don’t know who, and I don’t know at how high a level it was, but someone – said to the Sri Lankan ambassador they they disapproved of the permission having been given [to film] and that it should be revoked. Fortunately Deepa [Mehta] as part of the process of planning the film, had personally been to see the president of Sri Lanka [as a project for]trying to develop the film industry in Sri Lanka, develop it as a location for filming, and that they saw this as being a kind of showcase for that. So they were very supportive of it.. The moment we got to the president’s office he said, ‘No,of course you must make your film’.
  • Education changes the world. If you have generations of children being brought up in extremist madrasas to believe that that world view is the correct world view, then you create generations of people with built-in hostilities. Even if nothing had happened to exacerbate those hostilities, even if there had not been an Iraq war, the mindset of generations, particularly of young men, has been badly affected. You see that anti-semitism is taken for granted, and that a highly misogynistic world view is propagated, where the role of women is cast as secondary. And when you get to other issues like the treatment of religious minorities or sexual minorities, there’s a fantastic hostility. So you’re bringing up generations of bigoted children.
  • You can’t be elected dog-catcher in America unless you’re a Christian. For someone like me who spent a lot of his adult life in England and western Europe,it’s probably the biggest single difference between the United States and the rest of the western democracies.
  • I still refuse to call it ‘Mumbai’, as do many people who live there. It’s not ancient like Delhi, with thousands of years of history. Essentially it’s a city the British built because they thought the natural harbour would be useful to the navy. They reclaimed land to join together seven islands into what is now the peninsula of south Bombay, then they built a fort and the city grew around it.


  • According to the memoir “Joseph Anton”, Keith Vaz MP promised Rushdie support over the phone, and then supported a protest against him.
  • Mentioned in Theresa Rebeck’s play “Seminar”.
  • New York City, New York [June 2007]
  • Helped pick the phrase “naughty but nice” as an advertising slogan to sell cakes in 1970s Britain.
  • He was awarded a British Knighthood in the 2007 Queen Elizabeth II’s Birthday Honors List for his services to Literature.
  • His book “Haroun and the Sea of Stories” was written for his son Zafar while he was in hiding, and they could not meet.
  • Biography/bibliography in: “Contemporary Authors”. New Revision Series, Vol. 133, pp. 379-388. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
  • He is the father with Clarissa of Zafar Rushdie, born 1980, and with Elizabeth of Milan Rushdie, born 1999.
  • Sentenced to death in 1989 for his book “The Satanic Verses” by the Ayatollah Khomeini, who proclaimed the book to be an insult to the Islamic religion. He has lived under police protection ever since. Since the Ayatollah’s death, he has become a slightly more public person.


Title Year Status Character
Concerning the Bodyguard 2015 Short voice
W1A 2014 TV Series Salman Rushdie
River of Fundament 2014 Wake Guest
Midnight’s Children 2012 Narrator (voice)
Odd Streets Run West 2011 Short
Then She Found Me 2007 Dr. Masani
Title Year Status Character
Midnight’s Children 2012 based on a book by / screenplay
Der goldene Zweig 2012 Short short story
Next People 2012 TV Series creator – written by
29th Telluride Film Festival Aug. 30 – Sept. 2, 2002: Terry Gilliam Interviewed by Salman Rushdie 2003 Video documentary
Jackanory 1993 TV Series short stories – 1 episode
Title Year Status Character
Midnight’s Children 2012 executive producer
Next People 2012 TV Series executive producer
Title Year Status Character
Le cercle de minuit 1996-1997 TV Series Himself
Droit d’auteurs 1996 TV Series Himself
7 sur 7 1996 TV Series Himself – Guest
Bouillon de culture 1996 TV Series documentary Himself
The Lost Portrait 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
Lo + plus 1995 TV Series Himself – Guest
Face to Face 1994 TV Series Himself
In Search of Oz 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself
Have I Got News for You 1994 TV Series Himself
3res 14torze 16tze 1993 TV Series Himself
Without Walls 1992 TV Series documentary Himself
Opinions 1982 TV Series Himself
Skavlan 2016 TV Series Himself – Guest
La grande librairie 2008-2016 TV Series Himself
Real Time with Bill Maher 2005-2016 TV Series Himself – Guest / Himself – Panelist
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore 2015-2016 TV Series Himself – Panelist
El Bosco. El jardín de los sueños 2016 Documentary Himself
Tria33 2015 TV Series Himself
Well Read V 2015 TV Series Himself – Guest
Tavis Smiley 2008-2015 TV Series Himself – Guest / Himself
CBS This Morning 2015 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series Himself
Comic Relief: National Treasures 2015 TV Movie Himself
Imagine 2012-2014 TV Series documentary Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2008-2014 TV Series Himself – Guest
The Daily Show 2012-2013 TV Series Himself – Guest
The Hour 2008-2012 TV Series Himself – Guest
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2008-2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Página 2 2009-2012 TV Series Himself – Guest
Fareed Zakaria GPS 2012 TV Series Himself – Guest
CBS This Morning: Saturday 2012 TV Series Himself – Guest
Charlie Rose 1992-2012 TV Series Himself – Guest / Himself – Guest Host
Salman Rushdie, l’Inde imaginaire 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
60 Minutes 2011 TV Series documentary Himself – Author (segment “Hitchens”)
The One Show 2010 TV Series Himself – Guest
Profil, Poveste, Personaj 2010 TV Series Himself
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List 2009 TV Series Himself
Qwerty 2009 TV Series Himself – Guest
Amos Oz: The Nature of Dreams 2009 Documentary Himself
Els matins a TV3 2005-2009 TV Series Himself – Guest
La traversée du désir 2009 Documentary Himself
Au Field de la nuit 2008 TV Series Himself
Café littéraire 2008 TV Series Himself
Ce soir (ou jamais!) 2008 TV Series Himself
British Style Genius 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Paperback Dreams 2008 Documentary Himself
Newsnight 2008 TV Series Himself
The Colbert Report 2007-2008 TV Series Himself – Guest
The View 2008 TV Series Himself – Guest
Shrink Rap 2008 TV Series Himself
Der Unbequeme – Der Dichter Günter Grass 2007 Documentary Himself
Texas Monthly Talks 2006 TV Series Himself – Interviewee
Beckmann 2006 TV Series Himself
Druckfrisch 2006 TV Series Himself
Bill Moyers on Faith & Reason 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
La mirada crítica 2005 TV Series Himself – Guest
Campus, le magazine de l’écrit 2001-2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Tout le monde en parle 2005 TV Series Himself
The O’Reilly Factor 2005 TV Series Himself
Spot 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
News 24 Sunday 2005 TV Series Himself
9/11/03: A Day in the Life of New York 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
HARDtalk Extra 2005 TV Series Himself
Hardball with Chris Matthews 2005 TV Series Himself
The Rutles 2: Can’t Buy Me Lunch 2004 TV Special Salman Rushdie – Interviewee
29th Telluride Film Festival Aug. 30 – Sept. 2, 2002: Terry Gilliam Interviewed by Salman Rushdie 2003 Video documentary Himself
U2: The Best of 1990-2000 2002 Video documentary Himself (segment “The Ground Beneath Her Feet”)
Sabine Christiansen 1999-2002 TV Series
The 100 Greatest Films 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Culture et dépendances 2001 TV Series Himself
Bridget Jones’s Diary 2001 Himself (uncredited)
The 10 Commandments of Creativity 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Beatles Revolution 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Dirty Pictures 2000 TV Movie Himself (Special Appearances by)
Un siècle d’écrivains 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
Thé ou café 1999 TV Series Himself
Nulle part ailleurs 1999 TV Series Himself
In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself
Ruby 1997 TV Series Himself – Guest
Brunch 1997 TV Series Himself
Ex Libris 1997 TV Series Himself
The South Bank Show 1997 TV Series documentary Himself – Guest
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
That’s So… 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
CNN Newsroom 2015 TV Series Himself – ‘Satanic Verses’ author
The Hitch 2014 Documentary Himself
How Video Games Changed the World 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
5 jaar later 2011 TV Series Himself
50 años de 2009 TV Series Himself
La tele de tu vida 2007 TV Series Himself
Deadline 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
80s 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
The Very Best of ‘Have I Got News for You’ 2002 Video Himself
Salman Rushdie – fem år efter 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself
Peter’s Friends 1992 Himself (uncredited)
Memories of 1970-1991 1991 TV Series documentary Himself


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