Dan Brown (full name: Daniel Gerhard Brown) is a best-selling American author of thriller novels. He is most famous for The Da Vinci Code, which on one of the best-selling novels of all time.
Most of his books explore the interplay between science and religion and feature recurring themes of Christianity, conspiracy theories, cryptography, and art.
Dan Brown was born on June 22, 1964 in in Exeter, New Hampshire, US. His father, Richard Brown, was a mathematics teacher and his mother, Constance, was a church organist.
After his graduation from college, he embarked on a music career and formed his own record company. His music career, however, didn’t take off and in 1993; he returned to New Hampshire and got a job teaching English at Phillips Exeter Academy.
Brown was inspired to start writing after reading Sidney Sheldon’s The Doomsday Conspiracy while on vacation in Tahiti in 1993. His first book, Digital Fortress, was published 5 years later in 1998 when he was 34 years old. Brown then wrote Angels and Demons (2000) and Deception Point (2001).
In 2003, his fourth novel, The Da Vinci Code, catapulted him to world-wide fame and renewed interest in his earlier books. In fact, four of his books were on the New York Times Best Seller list in the same week in 2004. By 2009, The Da Vinci Code has sold 81 million copies worldwide.
Dan Brown’s has written 9 books that have sold over 200 million copies and have been translated into 56 languages. Four of his books, Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code, and Inferno have been made into films. His book The Lost Symbol has been made into a TV series.
The success of his books has made him a wealthy man. In 2014, he reportedly earned $34 million from his books and his net worth is currently estimated to be around $160 million.
Brown was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2005.
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