|Net Worth||$600 Million|
|Height||5 ft 1 in (1.57 m)|
|Profession||Novelist, Writer, Author|
|Date of Birth||Aug 14, 1947 (75 years old)|
|Nationality||United States of America|
What is Danielle Steel’s Net Worth?
The American author Danielle Steel has written a lot of books and is worth $600 million. As of this writing, Steel has written more than 180 books and has sold more than 800 million copies. He is the best-selling author in the world. She is best known for her romance novels, such as “The Promise” (1979), “Once in a Lifetime” (1982), and “Until the End of Time” (2013). However, she has also written poetry books, picture books, and the “Max & Martha” and “Freddie” series for kids. Danielle’s books have been translated into a lot of different languages, and more than 20 of them have been made into movies or TV shows. In 1989, she was on the cover of “Guinness Book of World Records because one of her books was on “The New York Times” Bestseller List for 381 weeks in a row.
Danielle Steel was born Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel on August 14, 1947, in New York, New York. She had a Portuguese mother, Norma, and a German father, John. She spent a lot of her childhood in France, where she often went to her parents’ fancy dinner parties with famous people. John was a descendant of Joseph Schülein, who owned Lowenbrau beer. Norma was the daughter of the Portuguese diplomat Gil da Camara Stone dos Reis. When Danielle was eight years old, her parents broke up. After that, she rarely saw her mother. Steel grew up in New York with her father. In 1965, she graduated from the Lycée Français de New York. She went to Parsons School of Design and New York University to study fashion design and literature design, but she dropped out after a few health scares.
Danielle started writing stories when she was a child, and when she was a teen, she started writing poetry. She wrote her first book when she was 19 and going to NYU and getting used to being married. After her first child was born, she got a job at Supergirls, an advertising agency in New York. John Mack Carter, the editor of “Ladies’ Home Journal,” was one of Supergirls’ clients. He told Danielle that she should write a book. In the early 1970s, she worked as a copywriter at San Francisco’s Grey Advertising Agency. Her first book, “Going Home,” came out in 1973.
After “Going Home” was published, Steel’s next few manuscripts were turned down, but by the end of the decade, she had published five more novels: “Passion’s Promise” (1977), “Now and Forever” (1978), “The Promise” (1978), “Season of Passion” (1979), and “Summer’s End” (1979). The first Steel book to be turned into a movie was “The Promise.” It came out in 1979, and Kathleen Quinlan and Stephen Collins were in it. In the 1980s, Danielle wrote 20 books, including the novels “A Perfect Stranger” (1983), “Wanderlust” (1986), and “Daddy” (1989), as well as the non-fiction books “Love: Poems” (1984) and “Having a Baby” (1986). (1984). The first six “Max & Martha” books were published by Steel in 1989. In the 1990s, 20 of her books were turned into movies or TV shows. “Jewels” (1992) was nominated for two Golden Globes: Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television and Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television (Anthony Andrews). In that decade, 12 of Danielle’s books were #1 on “The New York Times” Bestseller List, and she published the four books in her “Freddie” series “series in 1992.
Steel has written more than 70 novels since 2000. She has also written the nonfiction books “A Gift of Hope: Helping the Homeless,” “Pure Joy: The Dogs We Love,” and “Expect a Miracle,” and the picture books “The Happiest Hippo in the World,” “Pretty Minnie in Paris,” and “Pretty Minnie in Hollywood” (2016). In 2013, she came out with the album “Love Notes,” which has 10 songs written by Steel (with help from three French composers). Danielle has said that the album is a collaboration between her, the three composers, the four arrangers, the seven musicians, and the two singers. Four of the songs are in French. In 2020, Steel published six books: “Moral Compass,” “The Numbers Game,” “The Wedding Dress,” “Daddy’s Girls,” “Royal,” and “All That Glitters.” In 2021, she will publish “Neighbors,” “The Affair,” “Finding Ashley,” “Nine Lives,” and “Complications.”
Five times, Danielle has been married and then split up. From 1965 to 1974, she was married to banker Claude-Eric Lazard, and in 1968, they had a daughter named Beatrix. When Steel went to Lompoc Correctional Institute in 1972 to talk to a friend who was locked up there, she met bank robber Danny Zugelder. After getting out of prison in 1973, he moved in with Danielle, but he was arrested again in 1974 and found guilty of robbery and sexual assault. In 1975, Steel and Zugelder got married in the prison canteen at Vacaville State Prison. In 1978, they got a divorce, and the day after the divorce was final, she married a heroin addict. Danielle met Toth when she hired his moving company. When they got married, Danielle was eight months pregnant with their son Nick. The couple broke up in 1981, and Nick, who was 19, killed himself in September 1997. The next year, Steel wrote “His Bright Light: The Story of Nick Traina,” which was about Nick’s struggles with drugs and mental illness. She gave the money from the book to the Nick Traina Foundation, which helps people in need.
Danielle married winemaker John Traina in 1981, and they had five children: Samantha (1982), Victoria (1983), Vanessa (1984), Maximilian (1986), and Zara (1988). (born in 1987). Nick was officially taken in by Traina, and Trevor and Todd, who were John’s sons, lived with Danielle. Steel and Traina got a divorce in 1996, and she married financier Thomas J. Perkins two years later, but they broke up in 2002. Danielle opened the Steel Gallery in San Francisco in 2003. When it closed in 2007, she started putting together shows for the Andrea Schwartz Gallery.
Prizes and Awards
Steel was named an Officier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 2002. In 2009, she was inducted into the California Hall of Fame. At the Deauville Film Festival that year, “The Kiss” won the Lucien Barrière Literary Award. Danielle has been recognized many times for her charity work. In May 2009, she was the first person who was not a doctor to receive the “Distinguished Service in Mental Health Award” from New York Presbyterian Hospital. Steel also got a “Distinguished Service Award” from the American Psychiatric Association. The California Psychiatric Association gave her a “Outstanding Achievement Award,” and St. Mary’s Medical Center and the University of San Francisco Catholic Youth Organization gave her a “Service to Youth Award.”
Danielle put her nearly 3,500-square-foot, California home in Stinson Beach on the market in August 2014 for $8.995 million. In November of that year, the 4-bedroom home with all furniture sold for $8 million. Steel sold a Stinson Beach home with 3,000 square feet for $2.579 million in 2012. This was a lot less than the $6.5 million she paid for it in 2002. Danielle also owns the 55-room Spreckels Mansion in San Francisco and a home in Paris. If the Spreckles house ever went on the market, it could be worth more than $50 million.