Stephen Hillenburg Net Worth

Stephen Hillenburg Net Worth : $120 million


An American Producer, Marine Biologist, Writer, Animator, Actor and Director



Source of Wealth

Acting, Marine Biology, Directing, Producing, Writing

Years of Experience

23 years

Date of Birth

August 21, 1961


Completed Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts

Marital Status


Stephen Hillenburg’s Total Net Worth

Stephen Hillenburg is an American animator, marine biologist, writer, director and actor, whose net worth is around $120 million. He is best-known as the creator of ‘SpongeBob Square Pants’. Stephen also wrote some popular animated series, like ‘Mother Goose and Grimm’ and ‘Rocko’s Modern Life”. In 1984, he graduated from Humboldt State University earning a degree in natural-resource planning and interpretation, specializing in marine resources. Later, in 1991, he earned Master of Fine Arts in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts. He was born on August 21, 1961, in Lawton, Oklahoma.

Business Investments

Currently, Stephen is the owner of ‘United Plankton Pictures’, a production company, which produced ‘SpongeBob Square Pants’.

Properties: Private Fortune

Stephen owns a huge and lavish mansion in San Marino, California.


Some of the films directed by Stephen are- ‘The Green Beret’, ‘SpongeBob Square Pants’, and ‘Wormholes’. He is the executive producer of the upcoming ‘SpongeBob Square Pants 2’ in 2015.

Stephen also penned a comic book, called ‘The Intertidal Zone’, when he was working at the Ocean Institute.


Stephen began his career by teaching marine biology at Marine Institute (now called the Ocean Institute), where he worked from 1984 to 1987. Then, he decided to shift his career to animation and did his masters from the California Institute of Arts in 1991. Since then, Stephen has made a few short films and wrote a comic book, named ‘Intertidal Zone’, which was later released as a movie, called ‘SpongeBob Square Pants’ in 2004. His animation career started with a television series- ‘Mother Goose & Grimm’, where he worked from 1991 to 1993.

Awards and Honours

For ‘SpongeBob Square Pants’, Stephen has been nominated for 15 Emmy Awards. He won 2 BAFTA Children’s Award and 6 Annie Awards for his shows. In 2001, he was honoured with ‘the Walk the Talk Award’ by Heal the Bay, a non-profit organization. In 2002, he was bestowed with the Television Animation Award by the National Cartoonists Society. The same year, the Princess Grace Foundation honoured him with the Statue Award.