How Rich Was Shakespeare? And 4 Other Facts About The Man

Rendition of William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare has one of the most recognizable names in recent history. There is hardly a person alive who doesn’t know who Shakespeare is. However, as famous as the man is now, was he appreciated enough in his time? Here is the answer to how rich Shakespeare was, and some other facts that you probably didn’t know about him.

Not Wealthy

Shakespeare was not wealthy, but he was well enough off. He was able to purchase the second-largest house in Stratford in 1597, and also owned property in London (source: English History).

The Best-Selling Author Of All Time

Shakespeare is estimated to have sold between two and four billion books (source: Campaign Brief). If you want some context, one of the best selling authors of our time J.K Rowling has only sold 600 million books.


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