Shel Silverstein Net Worth

Shel Silverstein Net Worth:

Shel Silverstein Net Worth

$20 Million

Net worth:

$20 Million

Date of birth:

Sep 25, 1930 – Mai 10, 1999 (68 Years Old)




Writer, Poet, Screenwriter, Playwright, Cartoonist, Singer-songwriter


United States of America

How much was Shel Silverstein’s net worth?

Shel Silverstein was an American humorist, cartoonist and musician who died with a net worth in excess of $20 million. Shel Silverstein is most well-known for his children’s books “The Giving Tree” (and “Where the Sidewalk Ends”) He also wrote the satirical alphabet books “Uncle Shelby’s ABZ Book”.

Shel Silverstein wrote a variety of hits songs for other musicians, including Loretta Lynn or Johnny Cash. He was the one who wrote Loretta Lynn’s #1 single, “One’s on the way”, in 1971 and her 1973 hit, “Hey Loretta”.

Silverstein’s greatest commercial success as a songwriter was with “A Boy Named Sue,” a hit song for Johnny Cash, in 1969.

Shel Silverstein, 68 years old, died from a heart attack on May 10, 1999.

Education Early Life and Education

Shel Silverstein was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 25, 1930 to a Jewish family. He attended Roosevelt High School and briefly the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign before he was expelled. Silverstein attended Roosevelt University and the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. He was still in college when he was drafted into US Army. He ended up serving in Japan, Korea, and other parts of the world. Silverstein was a military officer and had some of his cartoons published by the Pacific Stars and Stripes newspaper.

Career Beginnings

After returning from his military service in the United States, Silverstein began to submit his cartoons to magazines and sell hot dogs at local baseball parks. His cartoons began appearing in publications like Sports Illustrated, This Week, and soon he was selling hot dogs at local ballparks. In 1956, Silverstein’s compilation book “Grab Your Socks!” In paperback, Silverstein’s compilation book “Grab Your Socks!” was published in 1956. He was a prominent cartoonist for Playboy magazine and was sent around the world to create an illustrated travel journal. Playboy magazine published the Playboy feature “Shel Silverstein visits …,”” which contained 23 installments. It was printed in the 50s and 60s.

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Silverstein achieved his greatest fame in the 1960s. He released “Now Here’s my Plan”, a cartoon collection, and “Uncle Shelby’s ABZ Book,” satirical alphabet books. This was the start of the decade. In 1963, he published his first children’s book “Uncle Shelby’s Story of Lafcadio : The Lion Who Shot back.” Silverstein released four more books in 1964. The most well-known of these was “The Giving Tree,” which tells the story of a boy and his relationship with an apple tree. Silverstein’s first verse book and the only one to include full-color illustrations that year, “Don’t Bump the Glump!” was another release.

Silverstein published another famous work in 1974: the children’s poem collection “Where the Sidewalk Ends”. Two years later, Silverstein released the children’s book “The Missing Piece.” Silverstein’s “Different Dances” was the final release of the decade. Silverstein’s next title was 1981’s poetry collection, “A Light in the Attic”, which quickly became a bestseller. Silverstein’s final and third poetry collection, 1996’s “Falling Up,” was his last. Posthumously, three more books were published: 2005’s Runny Babbit, 2011’s Every Thing On It, and 2017, “Runny Babbit returns.”

Music Career

Shel Silverstein Net Worth

Silverstein was a musician and songwriter who created many hits, many of them for other artists. Tompall Glaser’s song “Put Another Log on the Fire”, Loretta Lynn’s and “Hey Loretta”, the Irish Rovers’ “The Unicorn”, and Johnny Cash’s songs “25 Minutes to Go”, and “A Boy Named Sue” were just a few of the many hits that Silverstein created. This song was both Silverstein’s (and Cash’s) biggest commercial hit, reaching number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 US.

Silverstein’s longest-lasting and most prolific music collaboration was with Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show. Silverstein wrote most of the music and lyrics to the band’s first albums. These included “Sylvia’s Mother,” the “Things I Didn’t Say” and “The Ballad of Lucy Jordan.” Silverstein wrote many songs that Bobby Bare performed, such as “The Mermaid” or “Tequila Shaila.” He also recorded songs for Judy Collins, Waylon Jennings, Pat Dailey, Peter, Paul, and Mary, among others. Silverstein also composed music in the 70s for “Ned Kelly” as well as “Who is Harry Kellerman? and Why is He Saying These Terrible Things about Me?” Later, he composed the Oscar-nominated song “I’m Checkin’ out” from the 1990 film “Postcards from the Edge”.

Theatre Career

Silverstein produced a comedy play entitled “Look, Charlie: a Short History of the Pratfall” in 1959. He was a prolific playwright and wrote over 100 one-act plays throughout the years. His credits include “The Lady or the Tiger Show”, “Remember Crazy Zelda?” and “The Devil and Billy Markham,” which he adapted from a Playboy story.

Death and Personal Life

Silverstein lived on a houseboat in Sausalito from 1967 to 1975. He also owned properties in Key West, Florida, Martha’s Vineyard and Greenwich Village, New York City. Silverstein was not married but was said to be very promiscuous and frequented Hugh Hefner’s Playboy properties. He met Susan Hastings at the Playboy Mansion and had a daughter, Shoshanna, in 1970. In 1975, Hastings passed away and Shoshanna succumbed to an aneurysm. Silverstein and Sarah Spencer began to date later. They had a son, Matthew, in 1984.

Silverstein, who was 68 years old, died in May 1999 from a heart attack at Key West’s home. He was 68 years old.

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