Lee Child
Lee Child
Celebrated Name: Lee Child
Real Name/Full Name: James Dover Grant
Gender: Male
Age: 69 years old
Birth Date: 29 October 1954
Birth Place: Coventry, United Kingdom
Nationality: British
Height: 1.93m
Weight: 89kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Wife/Spouse (Name): Jane Grant
Children/Kids (Son and Daughter): Yes 1 (Ruth)
Dating/Girlfriend (Name): N/A
Is Lee Child Gay?: No
Profession: Author
Salary: N/A
Net Worth in 2024: $60 million
Last Updated: February 2024

Lee Child is the pen name for James Dover Grant, who is an author from the United Kingdom. He has written several thriller novels, his best one being the Jack Reacher novel series. The novels follow the adventure of a retired policeman from the American military as he wanders the United States. The very first novel that Lee wrote was titled Killing Floor, and it won the Barry Awards as well as the Anthony Award for Best First Novel.

Maybe you know about Lee Child very well, but do you know how old and tall is he and what is his net worth in 2024? If you do not know, we have prepared this article about details of Lee Child’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.

Early Life & Biography

The author was born James Dover Grant on 29 October 1954, in Coventry, the United Kingdom. Lee is the son of a civil servant, and he is the second born child in the family of four sons. he has a younger brother who is also an author, and he is called Andrew Grant.

When Lee was four years old, his whole family relocated to Handsworth Wood in Birmingham. The main reason the family moved was to enable the boys to have access to better education. He started his education at Cherry Orchard Primary School until he turned 11 and then went to King Edward’s School in Birmingham. He joined a law school in 1974 at the University of Sheffield and received a Bachelor of Laws Degree in 1977.

Personal Life

Lee married the love of his life, Jane Grant, in 1975, and they are still together, and their union seems to be unshakable. The lovely couple has a child together with a daughter by the name of Ruth Grant. The family has resided in New York State since 1998.

In 2013, Grant was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying that he writes while intoxicated by cannabis. He later denied those reports and said he never writes while high. He, however, did not deny smoking occasionally but said he does not work when he is intoxicated.

Grant is a philanthropist, and he donated $16,000 in January 2012 towards a new vehicle for a Mountain Rescue Team in Wales. He is a big fan of the Aston Villa Football Club, and he has included some names of the club’s players in his books.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on 29 October 1954, Lee Child is 69 years old as of today’s date 22nd February 2024. His height is 1.93m tall, and his weight is 89 kg.


Although Grant studied law, he did not get into practicing law. He first started off in the media, and he joined Granada Television, which was part of the ITV Network. He was working there as a presentation director in the station located in Manchester. He was involved in transmitting more than 40 thousand hours of programming for the television channel. He also wrote thousands of commercials as well as news stories. He ended his career at Granada in 1995.

He decided to get into writing after losing his job at Granada, and he published his first novel in 1997 titled Killing Floor. The following year he moved to the United States, where he settled in New York. He is known to start each new installment of his book series based on the anniversary day he began writing his first novel.

On the name Reacher for the central character in his novels, Grant said he chose the name because he himself is tall, and his wife once called him a reacher. In 2007 Grant collaborated with 14 fellow writers and created the thriller titled The Chopin Manuscript, which was narrated by Alfred Molina.

In 2009 he was elected the president of the Mystery Writers of America. The same year he funded 52 Jack Reacher Scholarship students at the University of Sheffield. He announced in January 2020 that he was to retire from writing the Jack Reacher book series, and he said he would hand it over to his brother Andrew Grant.

Grant has written a total of 25 Jack Reacher series books, which include Die Trying, Echo Burning, The Enemy, The Hard Way, Gone Tomorrow, The Sentinel, and Blue Moon, among others. He has also published a short story book titled No Middle Name.

Awards & Achievements

Grant has been the recipient of several major awards over the years, which include Anthony Award, Barry Award, Specsavers’ National Book Award, and the WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award. He has also received an honorary degree from the University of Sheffield and De Montfort University. Above all that, he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2019.

Net Worth & Salary of Lee Child in 2024

Lee Child Net Worth
Lee Child Net Worth

Grant started off his career as a media personality and later became an author. Through his careers, he has accumulated a net worth of $60 million as of February 2024. Although he worked for a couple of years in the media house, most of his wealth comes from the sales of his books. He has written several books, and he is among the top novelists of all time.

Lee Child, who is officially known as James Dover Grant, is a novelist who was born in the United Kingdom and later on moved to the United States. He is most famous for his series of novels titled Jack Reacher, which has been a hit for several years. He initially studied to be a lawyer, but he never practiced but preferred to be an author. His career choice did not disappoint as he is among the leading novelists in the globe to date.


  1. I have read all of the “Reacher” books. I consider Lee as one of my favorite authors and includes Nelson DeMille, John Sanford and Lucas Davenport.
    I am sorry to have read that Lee is retiring. I will look forward to whom is taking over Reacher.

  2. I’ve enjoyed the “Jack Reacher” series immensely, reading all but “The Sentinel” twice. I had been so looking forward to devouring the latest, “Better Off Dead” today, but couldn’t get past about 48 pages. I gave it my best shot. It’s absolute rubbish.
    Why, oh why, did Lee Child not kill off Reacher in an honourable way, if he didn’t want to write any more? Why betray his readers by handing the writing over to someone else, all be it, his brother? The writing, the plot, is abysmal and boring. How did this ever go to print? Does Lee Child not give a damn any more? Is it nepotism? Greed? It’s the end of an era for me.


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