Who is the Richest Cartoonist?
The world of cartooning can be a lucrative one, but it’s very rare for a single person to make the majority of their income from cartoons alone. That being said, there are a few individuals who have profited well from this creative art form. Here are some examples:
1) Walt Disney ($5 Billion)
Walt Disney is easily the richest cartoonist in the world. He created some of the most iconic animated films of all time, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty. In addition to his work in animation, Disney also founded Disneyland, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
2) Trey Parker and Matt Stone ($1.52 Billion)
In addition to being the co-creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone have also written a Broadway musical together titled Book of Mormon. The show has been a major success, and is currently showing in New York City as well as Chicago. Furthermore, Parker and Stone have also released a number of other successful films, including Team America: World Police and Cannibal! The Musical.
3) Charles Schulz ($1 Billion)
Creator of the Peanuts comic strip as well as its accompanying TV specials, Charles Shultz is one of the most famous cartoonists in history. Though he passed away in 2000, he left his entire estate to the Charles Schulz Museum and Research Center, ensuring that his legacy will continue to be enjoyed by future generations.
4) Matt Groening ($500 million)
Born in Portland, Oregon, Matt Groening had his first major success with “The Simpsons”. The cartoon started out as a series of shorts on the Tracy Ullman Show. It got its own show after more than 60 of them were produced. Now almost 30 years old, “The Simpsons” is still one of the longest-running animated series in history.
In addition to “The Simpsons”, Groening also created the comic strip “Life in Hell”. He has published several books, including a coffee table book about his life and work called “Work is Hell”. In 2013, he was awarded the Kennedy Center Honors for his contributions to American culture.
5) Hanna-Barbera ($320 million)
Though they are no longer producing new cartoons, Hanna-Barbera was once one of the most successful animation studios in the world. Founded in 1957 by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the studio produced a number of iconic cartoons, including “The Flintstones”, “Scooby-Doo”, and “The Jetsons”. In 1991, the studio was acquired by Turner Broadcasting, and it is now a subsidiary of Time Warner.
It’s hard to say who the richest cartoonist in the world is. There are many talented artists out there who have profited greatly from their work, and the amount they’ve earned varies greatly. However, these five cartoonists are a good representation of the wealth that can be generated from this creative art form. So the next time you’re watching your favorite animated movie or reading your favorite comic strip, remember that the person who created it is likely doing quite well for themselves!