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Jim Davis Net Worth 2022 | Salary | Biography


May 10, 2022

$800 Million

Jim Davis is an American cartoonist who has a net worth of $800 million. Davis is best known for his internationally popular comic strip “Garfield,” which has been in syndication since 1978 and follows the daily exploits of the cat Garfield, his owner Jon Arbuckle, and Jon’s dog Odie. He produced the 1988-1994 CBS series “Garfield & Friends” and has written and produced numerous “Garfield” television specials and direct-to-video films. Jim has also contributed to the comic strips “U.S. Acres,” “Gnorm Gnat,” “Tumbleweeds,” and “Mr. Potato Head.”

Jim Davis was born James Robert Davis on July 28, 1945 in Marion, Indiana. On a cow farm in Fairmount, Indiana, he grew up with his mother Anna, father James, and brother Dave. Davis attended Fairmount High School, where he served as Art Editor of the school newspaper, “The Breeze.” During his senior year, Jim drew numerous illustrations for the yearbook and published his first comic in “The Breeze,” After graduating from high school, he enrolled at Ball State University to study art and business and joined the Theta Xi fraternity.


Before creating “Garfield,” Davis worked at an advertising agency, and from 1969 to 1978 he was the assistant of Tom Ryan, the creator of “Tumbleweeds” Jim created the comic strip “Gnorm Gnat,” while working for Ryan, and it ran in “The Pendleton Times” from 1973 to 1975. When he attempted to sell “Gnorm Gnat” to a national comic strip syndicate and was told “nobody can relate to bugs,” he was inspired by the popularity of Snoopy in the “Peanuts” comic strips to create his own furry scene-stealer. From 1976 to 1978, Davis published the comic strip “Jon” (which later became “Garfield”) in “The Pendleton Times” and in June 1978, the strip was syndicated and appeared in 41 newspapers. As of 2013, “Garfield” was syndicated in over 2,500 newspapers, setting a Guinness World Record for the most syndicated comic strip. Jim co-created the comic strip “Mr. Potato Head” with Brett Koth between 2000 and 2003.


“Garfield” has been adapted into two live-action/computer-animated feature films starring Bill Murray as Garfield. “Garfield: The Movie” (2004) earned $203.2 million at the box office, while “Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties” (2006) earned $143.3 million. There have been numerous “Garfield” primetime specials, including “Here Comes Garfield” (1982), “Garfield Goes Hollywood” (1987), and “Garfield Gets a Life” (1991), as well as three direct-to-video films, “Garfield Gets Real” (2007), “Garfield’s Fun Fest” (2008), and “Garfield’s Pet Force” (2009). It was followed by “The Garfield Show,” which aired from 2009 to 2012 on Cartoon Network and 2015 to 2016 on Boomerang. In 2019, ViacomCBS acquired Jim’s company, Paws, Inc., with plans to create a new animated “Garfield” series for Nickelodeon. Davis stated, “I’m thrilled that Garfield will be in the capable hands of Nick’s staff. They know how to entertain and will be excellent franchise stewards. I am also excited to continue doing the thing that gets me out of bed every morning: the comic strip!”

Jim married Carolyn Altekruse on July 26, 1969, and they had a son named James before divorcing. Davis has been married to his second wife, Jill, since July 16, 2000, and he is the stepfather to her two children from a previous relationship. Jim was hired as an adjunct professor at Ball State University in 2016 to teach the workshops “Drawing as a Cartoonist” and “The Sequential Narrative” and to present the lectures “The History and Development of Garfield” and “The Business of Garfield.” He resides in Albany, Indiana, and he founded Paws, Inc. in 1981. The company employs nearly fifty licencing administrators and artists. Late in 2019, Davis decided to hold weekly auctions for hand-painted “Garfield” comics he created between 1978 and 2011. (in 2011, he started digitally drawing comics with a graphics tablet). The comics had been stored in a climate-controlled safe, and Jim said, “It was such a daunting task to determine what to do with them so that others could enjoy them as well.” Davis is the founder of the Professor Garfield Foundation, which promotes children’s literacy.


Davis has been nominated for 10 Primetime Emmys, winning Outstanding Animated Program for “Garfield in the Rough” (1985) and “Garfield in Disguise” (1986) and Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour) for “Garfield’s Babes and Bullets” (1989). He received the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement in 1983 and the Sagamore of the Wabash from the State of Indiana in 1988. Jim has received multiple awards from the National Cartoonist Society, including the Elzie Segar Award for Contributions to Cartooning (1985), the Best Strip Award (1986), and the Reuben Award for Overall Excellence in Cartooning (1987). (1989). In 1989, the Indiana Division of Natural Resources and Forestry presented him with the Indiana Arbor Day Spokesman Award, and in 1990, the National Arbor Day Foundation presented him with the Good Steward Award. Davis received the Indiana Journalism Award from the Department of Journalism at Ball State University in 1991, and the State of Indiana designated him a Distinguished Hoosier in 1992. He received a Project Award from the National Arbor Day Foundation in 1995 and an LVA Leadership Award from Literacy Volunteers of America in 1997. Jim received an Inkpot Award at San Diego Comic-Con International in 2016.

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