Stephen King Net Worth: How Rich is the American Author as He Refuses to Pay Twitter Blue Check?

Renowned author and novelist, Stephen King recently spoke out regarding the payment for retaining the blue checkmark on Twitter. He took to Twitter saying that he would quit the site if he was forced to pay the 20 dollars to keep the same.

To his tweet, Elon Musk replied that they need to pay the bills somehow and the platform can’t rely entirely on advertisers. Musk suggested to pay 8 dollars for retaining the verification mark on the site.

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Who is Stephen King?

Stephen Edwin King is an American author who was born on 21 September, 1947 in Portland, Maine. He specializes in the genres of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy.

Stephen has published over 64 novels and has written more than 200 short stories. His first published novel was Carrie that was about a tormented teenage girl who was gifted with telekinetic powers. It appeared in the year 1974 and was an immediate success.

A number of TV and film adaptations have been made of King’s notable works. He was an English teacher before he became a renowned bestselling author. Some of his famous books include ‘Salem’s Lot’, ‘Rage’, ‘The Shining’, ‘The Firestarter’, ‘The Long Walk’, ‘Thinner’, ‘Cujo’, ‘The Dead Zone’ and many more.

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Stephen King has received prestigious Bram Stoker Awards, World Fantasy Awards, British Fantasy Society Awards, the O. Henry Award. In 2003, he was awarded the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. The author has also received many awards for his contribution to literature like the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement.

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Stephen King’s Net Worth 2022

Stephen King’s net worth is estimated to be around 510 million dollars, thanks to the massive success of his bestselling books. Known as the “King of Horror”, significant amount of his wealth comes from the royalties that he receives from the sale of millions of copies of his published novels. Other sources include earnings from published novels, short stories and many more.

Stephen King is undoubtedly one of the richest authors in the world. He continues to earn in lots everyday with his books selling in huge numbers in and around the globe.

The Controversy Over the Blue Checkmark

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk took control over Twitter after months of legal hustle. The billionaire has decided to charge 20 dollars a month for retaining the blue checkmark of verified account. Stephen King threatened to leave Twitter if he had to pay the same.

Verifications on Twitter are currently free and the sudden levying of charges on the platform has invited controversy among Twitter users. After King’s remark

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, Musk has suggested Twitter users could pay 8 dollars for retaining the blue checkmark. Musk also stated that charging for the blue tick was the only way to protect the site from trolls and bots.

Musk stated in his reply to King’s tweet that the platform was somehow required to pay its bills and it could not entirely rely on its advertisers. But King has not yet responded to Musk’s reply.

Some Twitter users have challenged Stephen King’s tweet that the author could easily pay the verification charge of 20 dollars. To this, King has replied that this was not about the money but about the principal of the thing.

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