Stephen Hillenburg is a well-known American based cartoonist, former marine biologist and animator, who has an estimated net worth of $110 million. He is best recognized for being a maker of the television series entitled as SpongeBob SquarePants, which was produced, directed, and written by him.
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Biography & Wiki:
Stephen Hillenburg was born in year 1961 in Fort Sill, known as a United States Army post running in Lawton, located in Oklahoma. Here, his father named Kelly N. Hillenburg Jr. was serving for the U.S. military. Moreover, his mother named Nancy trained visually-impaired students.
While he was a kid of age one year, his family relocated to Orange County, located n California. Here, his father started a career being a draftsman as well as a designer in the aerospace industry. Moreover, his younger brother named Bryan has followed their father’s footsteps, transforming as a draftsman as well as a designer.
Hillenburg appeared in Savanna High School running in Anaheim, defining himself as a “band geek” and who performed on the trumpet. Later, he joined Humboldt State University, inside Arcata, located in California, working as a marine-science major.
Stephen Hillenburg started off his career professionally in year 1984, teaching marine biology, at the Orange County Marine Institute. Here, he has written The Intertidal Zone, known as an educational comic book regarding tide-pool animals, the one which he applied to train his students.
In year 1989, after span of two years of leaving teaching, he got registered at the California Institute of the Arts in order to follow a career in field of animation. Later, he has presented a job on the Nickelodeon based animated TV series entitled Rocko’s Modern Life (from period of 1993 till 1996).
It is known that this was after his success through short films namely The Green Beret as well as Wormholes, which he created when studying animation.
In year 1994, he has started creating The Intertidal Zone based characters as well as some concepts for what turned as SpongeBob SquarePants. This show got premiered in year 1999 and continued airing since then. Moreover, he too directed The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, which he basically planned to be the series finale.
Though, Nickelodeon sought to generate higher episodes, so he has resigned as the show runner. He has gone back to creating short films, along with Hollywood Blvd., USA.
Awards & Achievements:
For SpongeBob SquarePants, Hillenburg got nominated for total 17 Emmy Awards, getting win in categories of Outstanding Special Class Animated Program as well as Outstanding Sound Editing – Animation in years 2010 and 2014, correspondingly.
This cartoonist’s show has too gained many other awards as well as nominations, comprising 17 Annie Award nominations, getting win for six times, and even winning two different British Academy Children’s Awards, from four nominations.
In year 2002, SpongeBob SquarePants has got win in its initial TCA Award on account of Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Programming nomination.
Net Worth of Stephen Hillenburg:
Stephen Hillenburg has an estimated net worth of$110 million as of 2017. He has made most of his fortune with his works as animator, director, producer, writer, marine biologist and voice artist.
He earned well by getting famed for making a series entitled as SpongeBob SquarePants. He has imparted marine biology inside Dana Point, located in California. He earned since he began animation career in year 1992 at CalArts.
Moreover, he possesses a production company named United Plankton Pictures. Prior to SpongeBob, he has served on The Green Beret and Mother Goose and Grimm in year 1991 and Wormholes in year 1992. He is presently serving on a short film named Hollywood Blvd., USA.
Stephen Hillenburg is one of the few successful cartoonists and animators who has attained popularity since many decades of his career. He is proficient in teaching marine biology and till now he has worked in jobs of animations in many TV series which get premiered.