Stephen Hillenburg Net Worth

Stephen Hillenburg Net Worth, How did the animator acquire his wealth? Read on to find out more about Stephen Hillenburg Net Worth, his career and his personal life.

About Stephen Hillenburg

Stephen Hillenburg Net Worth

Stephen Hillenburg. – Biography

I bet you have watched the Nickelodeon cartoon ‘SpongeBob SquarePants‘ at least once or have heard about the cartoon before. But I am sure many don’t know about the creator.

Stephen Hillenburg is the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants.

He was born on the 21st of August 1961, in Lawton, Oklahoma to parents Kelly N. and Nancy Hillenburg. He was an American animator, voice actor, and marine science educator.

Stephen Hillenburg grew up in Anaheim, California, and as a child, he was fascinated by the ocean which led to his love for art.

He was called a “Perfectionist Workaholic” by his colleagues. Stephen Hillenburg also directed the 2004 SpongeBob SquarePants movie.

His SpongeBob character faced controversy when a promotional video released in 2005.

Stephen was accused by James Dobson of Focus on the Family, who claimed Stephen’s video promoted homosexuality.

As of today, Stephen Hillenburg Net Worth is $120 Million. Keep reading to find out more about Stephen Hillenburg Net Worth.

Full Name: Stephen Hillenburg
Profession: Marine Science Educator, Animator, Voice Actor
Date of Birth/Death August 21, 1961 to November 26, 2018
Nationality: American
Aged. 57
Net Worth: $120 Million

 Stephen Hillenburg Career

Stephen started his career in the early ’80s as a marine biologist at the Orange County Marine Institute. While there, he wrote an informative comic book about tide-pool animals titled ‘The Intertidal Zone’.

He used the book as a tool to educate his students. Stephen left teaching in 1980 and two years later, he enrolled at the California Institute of the Arts to pursue a career in animation.

Eventually, he landed a job to work in the Nickelodeon animated television series Rocko’s Modern Life from 1993 to 96.

Stephen got this opportunity after his success with The Green Beret and Wormholes, both in 1992, short films that he made while studying animation.

However, Stephen had a desire to expand his vision so he started developing The Intertidal Zone characters and concepts in 1994 which would later become SpongeBob SquarePants.

And since its premiere in 1999, the show SpongeBob SquarePants.has aired continuously to date. He also directed The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004), which he originally intended to be the series finale.

Stephen resigned as the showrunner after Nickelodeon announced their intention to produce more episodes of the show. He returned back to making short films with Hollywood Blvd., USA (2013).

He marked his return to the SpongeBob franchise in 2015, in the second adaptation of the series titled The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Stephen co-wrote the story and acted as an executive producer on the project.

Stephen has been awarded 2 Emmy Awards and Six Annie Awards for SpongeBob SquarePant and other accolades and recognition.

He announced in 2017 that he would continue to work on the SpongeBob franchise as long as possible despite being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in the same year.

Unfortunately, the cartoonist and animation expert gave up the ghost on the 26th of November 2018 at the age of 57. The cause of his death, heart failure brought by the disease he had struggled with for a long time, ALS.

Awards and Recognitions

He won the award for Best Concept at the Ottawa International Animation Festival for ‘Wormholes’ in 1992.

In 2001, Stephen was honored by the Heal the Bay, not for profit organization with its Walk the Talk Award.

Stephen was awarded the Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program in 2010.

He won the 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Editing.

Stephen also won Television Animation Award from the National Cartoonists Societies.

He was given the Princess Grace Statue Award from the Princess Grace Foundation.

Lastly, Stephen was awarded the Winsor McCay Award at the 45th Annie Awards in 2018.

Stephen Hillenburg Net Worth

As of 2019, Stephen Hillenburg Net Worth is $120 million. Stephen Hillenburg Net Worth is accumulated from his career as an animator, voice actor, and marine science educator.

Such a huge fortune could still be of great use to the late actor and cartoonist if he were still alive.

However, he’ll continue to be remembered for his excellent work and for the happiness and laughter he brought to the faces of millions of kids around the world.

Stephen Hillenburg Personal Life

Stephen married Karen, a Southern California chef and the New School of Cooking in Culver City teacher. The couple tied the knot in 1998.

He said that Karen was the funniest person that he knew. The couple had their first and only child named Clay. Stephen lived in San Marino, California, with his family before his death.

Stephen Hillenburg’s hobbies include surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, Swimming, and performing “noisy rock music” on his guitar.

He also enjoyed birdwatching at home. Stephen likes the private life and prefers to keep away from all the media attention as possible.

He stated about himself, ‘I make animation because I like to draw and create things and I have no real interest to be on camera or to be a celebrity. It’s not that I don’t like people, but I like having my privacy’.

In 2005, Stephen and his wife, Karen also launched the United Plankton Charitable Trust, a foundation through which Stephen and his wife have used to implement numerous projects and philanthropy works.


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