George R.R. Martin is widely known as the author of the fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, which became the inspiration for HBO’s massive hit Game of Thrones. It’s not surprising to learn that the author has been paid handsomely for his work. Let’s just say he’s one of the best clients at the Iron Bank of Braavos.
According to celebrity wealth website Celebrity Net Worth, Martin’s fortune is in the neighborhood of $120 million. He has amassed his fortune in a number of ways including income from book sales and his work on the HBO series, for which he was paid $15 million per year while the show aired. Combined, he was making about $25 million annually.
And just because Game of Thrones is over doesn’t mean the money stopped rolling in. With several spin-offs and a Broadway play in the works, Martin stands to make even more money from A Song of Ice and Fire regardless of whether he ever writes another book.
Thanks to Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin is set for life
Despite his success now, in the beginning Martin was a struggling writer who ended up being blacklisted for a period of time after the failure of his 1983 novel The Armageddon Rag. After that, he switched to TV and found work writing for shows like the 1980s revival of The Twilight Zone and 1989’s Beauty and the Beast.
His life took another turn in 1996 with the success of A Game of Thrones, the book that kicked off A Song of Ice and Fire. Each book in the series was more popular than the previous installment, and by 2011 two of the books in the series reached the top of the New York Times Bestseller list. That’s when HBO came calling, and the rest is history.
Though his fortune is vast, don’t expect Martin to stop writing. He might not be the fastest writer but he is committed to finishing his A Song of Ice and Fire books even though the TV adaptation wrapped up in 2019. That means fans can see Martin’s vision for how Game of Thrones could have ended.
Martin’s working more with HBO, too, recently signing an eight-figure deal to develop more content. We don’t exactly how much that deal is worth, but it’s at least $10 million, so he’s fine.