Dan Gookin Net Worth – How Rich is the”For Dummies” Author?

Dan Gookin is an American IT author famous for the “For Dummies” book series. He was born on October 19, 1960, in San Diego, California.

Dan Gookin Net Worth

Dan Gookin has amassed a net worth likely to be around $3 million USD. He obtained his wealth through his books and knowledge in all things related to computers.

He has written a total of 150 computer books and 13 are part of the “For Dummies” series. Some of the books he wrote include “PCs for Dummies,” “C for Dummies,” and  “Android Tablets for Dummies.”

He is famous for his way of writing his books which suit his target audience. His writing style is adapted to an average user or even a beginner. Even ordinary people with no background in computers can learn a lot from his user-friendly books.

Personal Life

Dan Gookin lives in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Coeur d’Alene is like a little paradise where one can find the world’s only floating golf course. In their city, Gookin has been active in community theater. He is also the artistic director of Lake City Playhouse (from 1997).

He became a part of Coeur d’Alene City Council in November of 2011. He was also a nominee for the Idaho Senate and for the 2007 Libertarian for the Coeur d’Alene City Council. 

For his education, he went to Valhalla High school. He then proceeded to attend the University of California, San Diego and got a degree in communications/visual arts.

Gookin also worked as the editor of the San Diego computer periodical ComputorEdge Magazine, from 1987 to 1989.

Professional Career

Dan Gookin wrote his first “For Dummies” book in under a month. The initial print run of 5000 copies sold out in just a week. In a span of a year, “DOS For Dummies” had sold more than 1.5 million copies all over the world.

In 1993, IDG Books Worldwide Inc. had published 26 “For Dummies” books, all focusing on tech and computers. Seven of those books were written by Dan and were a huge success. Gookin once told in an interview with Slate magazine in 2015 that he earned loads of money. There was a time when he received a royalty cheque for $250,000.

With the “For Dummies” series, all the books had the same writing style or technique. There are simple guides, punchlines, tips, and chatty forms.

For the books on other topics, the editors of the company chose people who are esteemed and well-respected in their respected fields. 

Other books that Dan Gookin wrote for IDG are “DOS for Dummies” in 1991, “More DOS for Dummies” in 1994, “Laptops for Dummies” in 2012, “PCs for Dummies” in 2013, “Word 2013 for Dummies” in 2013, “Beginning Programming With C For Dummies” in 2013, “Android Phones For Dummies” and “Android Tablets For Dummies” in  2014, “Running For Local Office For Dummies” in 2019 and “Dan Gookin’s Guide to Curl Programming” in 2019, “Android For Dummies” and “C Programming For Dummies” in 2020.

Dan Gookin Dating History

There is no available information on Dan Gookin’s relationship status or dating history.

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