Dan Gookin Net Worth, Age, Height, Wealth (Updated 2022)

Dan Gookin Net Worth, Age, Height

Dan Gookin

Net Worth: $3 Million
Birthday: Oct 19, 1960
Age: 62 years old
Height: 5.7 feet (176cm)
Birthplace: United States of America
Occupation: Author
Instagram @dgookin
Last Updated: March, 2023

Dan Gookin is an author of a book series called “For Dummies“. In 2023 his net worth is estimated at $3 million.

How Did Dan Gookin Become Rich?

Dan Gookin was born on October 19, 1960 in San-Diego, California. Not much is known about his parents or early years except for the fact that he has finished San Diego High school and later graduated from University of California, San Diego. He has received his Bachelor Arts degree in visual arts and communication.

After graduating the university in 1982 Dan was doing part-time writing for his local magazines, including Byte Buyer. The magazines were focused on computers and computer technologies.

In 1985, Dan Gookin landed a job as a technical researcher for Compusoft Publishing where he worked for 2 years.

In 1987 he became an editor in Byte Buyer which at a time changed its name to ComputorEdge Magazine. This time he also spent only 2 years working there and left the magazine in 1989.

In 1990 Dan Gookin’s career had a major turn. That year he had meet Michael McCarthy which had an idea of book series called For Dummies. At the same time Dan had an outline for a book about DOS. Dan himself called it “The Idiot’s Guide to DOS” as it was written for complete newbies and incorporated many jokes. After both men settled on royalties, Dan started to writing hos first For Dummies book.

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In 1991 IDG Books published Dan’s first For Dummies book called “DOS For Dummies” (ISBN number 0-764-50361-8). As you’ve already guessed, this book brought him fame and wealth right of the bat, so the writer has expanded the series with another books on different subjects. Two years later he authored follow-up on his first book which was called “More DOS For Dummies” and released in 1994.

Dan Gookin continued to write more books for this series in the following years. It is told that in total he wrote more than 160 books in his 30 years career as a writer. “For Dummies” books cover wide range of topics that include programming in different languages, how-tos in different categories like business, money, arts, mind, spirit, hobbies and many other.

Nowadays Gookin’s For Dummies has became a well-recognized series all over the world. It is said that the total sales has surpassed over 7 million copies just in print and the books were translated to 32 languages.

As time has passed and Dan Gookin amassed wealth, he was joined by other authors as well. Nowadays they help him to author books under the brand of For Dummies which is owned by For Wiley. This series has brought the publishing house billions in revenue throughout the years with over 250 books published.

After settling in Coeur d’Alene, Dan Gookin has become a member of City Council in November 2011.

Dan Gookin has also started his own YouTube channel in July 2006, but didn’t succeed in promoting the channel. In 2023 it has less than 400 thousand views for all videos combined.

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What Is Dan Gookin Net Worth?

Dan Gookin new worth is estimated at 3 million USD in 2023. Majority of his income bring him royalties from his book series For Dummies, which are still popular all around the world and help people of any background get used to new technologies, hobbies and ways of life.

How Dan Gookin Spends His Money?

After Dan Gookin had received his first payout after successful launch of For Dummies series he after some time bought a nice house in Kootenai County where he moved with his family.

In 2002 he moved to Coeur d’Alene in Idaho.

Most of his free time and money Dan Gookin spends on his wife and kids.

Interesting Facts

  • Dan Gookin is married and he has 4 kids.
  • Dan Gookin has his own blog at wambooli.com. Unfortunately, in recent years Dan rarely updates his website.