15 Richest Manga Artists: The plight of the hard-working manga artists is not hidden from the industry. The completion of a hard deadline comes with a heavy price. Time and again, the news of the depleting health of these artists hits the internet. However, if the dark side of this industry is set, there are also many artists who have managed to make it big in the industry. From the authors of One Piece to Attack on Titan, they have all managed to make deep pockets out of this industry. This list concerns the net worth of all those artists that are charging a huge chunk for each chapter. Thus, this is the list of the 15 Richest Manga Artists of Japan.
15. George Morikawa
Another sports author who joins the list of the 15 Richest Manga Artists is George Morikawa. Better known as the mangaka of Hajime No Ippo, Morikawa has a net worth in millions. His earnings come both from the manga sales and the anime rights money. One hundred thirty-two tankobon volumes are currently on sale in Japan. So, George Morikawa earns about $3 Million out of all the sales.
14. Yoichi Takahashi
Another artist with a brand value in millions is the creator of Captain Tsubasa. On top of all the accolades that his manga has garnered, Yoichi is considered to be one of the pioneers of sports-centric mangas. Since the early 80s, the artist has managed to sell around eighty million copies of his work. With this, his net worth roundabouts to around $6 Million. If ever the anime is rebooted, his net worth would see another rise.
13. Keisuke Itagaki
Keisuke Itagaki is the man who created the popular martial arts series known as Grappler Baki. The range of sales for this manga is on a different level. According to Wikipedia, the series has sold more than 75 million volumes of the text. In the last six decades, the master writer and illustrator has managed to make around $5 to $7 million in fortune. As the manga continues to sell, his net worth is also on the rise.
12. Ken Wakui
Other than his commendable work in Tokyo Revengers, Ken Wakui is also done other works in the industry. He is also a popular screenwriter and script developer. In a short amount of time, this artist has become a top name in the industry. With the sale of the manga and the anime, the artist has managed to earn a net worth of $8.5 Million and counting. It is most likely that his fortune will rise in the coming years.
11. Kohei Horikoshi
Kohei Horikoshi is possibly the newest personnel in the manga business. His most renowned work still remains My Hero Academia. The manga has only come out in the last five years. Lest it has managed to become a top-selling text. Kohei has sold about seven million of his work in the market. According to these sale estimates, his net worth counts between $5-$10 million. Also, MHA is the fifth best-selling manga of 2021.
10. Hirohiko Araki
Hirohiki Araki is the artist who made his fortune by creating the world of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. The popular thriller text has more than than a hundred million manga copies in circulation. On top of this, the text continues to sell widely. Moreover, he also swiped a huge chunk with the five anime seasons of the series. So, Hirohiko’s net worth is estimated to be around $13 Million. As the manga and anime continue to sell, it is most likely that he will climb up the higher ladder.
9. Masashi Kishimoto
It is a no-brainer that the creator of Naruto would join the list of 15 Richest Manga Artists of all time. Masashi Kishimoto is also one such artist who has been on the work for more than three to four decades. According to official reports, Naruto manga has managed to sell more than 250 million copies in more than 47 countries. It has also been featured in the lists of the best-selling manga of all time. So, Masashi Kishimoto sweeps a net worth of $25 Million from all the combined sales.
8. Yoshihiro Togashi
Hunter X Hunter is easily one of the highest-selling manga works of all time. With a 36-volume manga underselling and numerous anime versions still in relevance, Yoshihiro earns a great price from his works. He is estimated to have reached a net worth pinnacle of $30 Million. Currently, his works of Yu Yu Hakusho and Hunter x Hunter have 130 million copies in circulation. Moreover, the text continues to sell with high demand even now.
7. Hajime Isayama
Hajime Isayama is a renowned name in the manga industry. The author Attack on Titan is not only famous for his work but he is also known for his wealth. At the same time, there has been no authentic or governmental source that can confirm the net worth of the artist. But according to speculatory figures, the artist makes around $45 Million a year. Adding the manga sales and the copyright pays from the anime, the author has become one of the richest manga artists of all time.
6. Gosho Aoyama
Crime and detective stories have always engaged huge audiences. While a manga costs a few pennies for a reader, Gosho Aoyama ended up raising millions through this. The writer and creator of Detective Conan manga have sold more than 240 million copies of his work so far. With this, he has been able to make a fortune of $50 Million. On top of that, his manga remains to be the best-selling work of all time.
5. Akira Toriyama
Akira Toriyama is a name that everyone has heard of. Even the non-manga fans would know who this artist is. The creator of the Dragon Ball franchise is the most loved manga artist of all time. To add to his list of successes is the fact that the artist continues to produce more in his franchise every month. In the last three decades, the man has climbed a high ladder. His net worth is estimated to be around $55 Million in total.
4. Tite Kubo
Tite Kubo is famously known for his work, Bleach. The manga has been in the business for more than five decades now. More than eighty-two million copies are currently in circulation amongst the fans. As of the latest count, sources have estimated his net worth to be around $56 Million. On top of this, the Bleach manga continues to reach milestones in sales every year.
2. Rumiko Takahashi
Rumiko Takahashi is possibly the only female artist who has made it to this list. Unlike the other names on this list, Rumiko has multiple ongoing projects on her hands. This includes Ranma 1/2, Inuyasha, and Rin-ne. She has been in the industry for good three decades now. From merch sales to anime to manga, she has garnered a huge fortune. Her net worth roundabouts to $70 Million.
1. Eiichiro Oda
Author Eiichiro Oda is known for two things- hiatuses and One Piece. The artist has been consistently working on One Piece for four decades now. With over a hundred volumes out, the artist has also managed to garner a multiple-digit net worth. The lag between him and the second highest-grossing manga artist roundabouts to 100 million. So Eiichiro Oda earns about $230 million by selling the One Piece manga. Other incomes come from the anime wing and merchandising.
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