Scott Adams is an American artist well-known internationally as the original creator of the “Dilbert” comic strip and the author of several nonfiction works of business, commentary, satire, and general speculation.
He was born on June 8, 1957, in Windham, New York, USA, as Scott Raymond Adams.
At age 11, Adams won a drawing competition.
In 1975, he graduated valedictorian from Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School.
In 1979, Scott earned his B.A. in economics from Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York.
From 1979 to 1986, Adams worked at a San Francisco bank.
In 1986, Adams earned an MBA in economics and management from the University of California, Berkeley.
From 1986 to 1995, he worked for Pacific Bell in San Ramon, California.
In 1989, he published Dilbert, a comic strip that has spawned hundreds of Dilbert-themed merchandise items, a video game, an animated television series, and dozens of books.
Dilbert, the main character, is a white-collar office employee who is based on Scott’s own experience working in corporate America.
”Dilbert was one of the few successful comics to break out in its era, and I would say that at least half of that had to do with my business training,” Scott told HBR in November 2013. He added: ”The other half was just pure luck and being in the right place at the right time.”
By 1996, Dilbert had reached more than 800 newspapers across the US.
Also in 1996, Scott’s first business book, The Dilbert Principle, was released.
In 1997, Adams appeared in one episode of the TV series ”Babylon 5.”
In 1998, Dilbert began as a TV series.
In July 2008, Adams underwent surgery to reroute the nerve connections to his vocal cords that were affected by spasmodic dysphonia – a neurologic condition that interferes with the functioning of the muscles of the larynx when they attempt to produce sound.
”I had surgery at U.C.L.A. to rewire the nerves in my neck and cure this incurable condition,” Scott said in an interview with The New Yorker in October 2008. ”My surgeon, Dr. Berke, pioneered this technique. Apparently, it worked because for the past two weeks, I have been able to speak.”
On July 22, 2006, Adams married Shelly Miles aboard a yacht in the San Francisco Bay.
They divorced in 2014.
In 2016, Scott started dating Kristina Basham, a model who was born on July 31, 1988, in Walnut Creek, California.
Basham was a teen model for Ford Models. She also has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Adams and Kristina got engaged in 2019 and married on July 11, 2020.
Some people commented about the age difference between the two.
”Kristina is a wonderful person inside and out,” Adams tweeted in October 2018. ”Please keep your ignorant and corrosive thoughts to yourself.”
”The wedding was in my backyard with only my parents, my grandparents, and my siblings, because that’s what I wanted,” Basham wrote on Twitter after their wedding. ”Lastly, I’m over 30. Age gap is irrelevant. I’m a grown WOMAN.”
Basham has two kids from a previous relationship. ”Scott is not raising my children,” Basham tweeted in 2016. ”My ex-husband and I are raising them together.”
5′ 8″ (1.73 m)
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”I always managed my career, so I’d be doing enough things that my odds of getting lucky were pretty good.”
”I call my generation the Shit Sandwich Generation. That’s because when I was a kid, the most important people in the family were the adults.”
”When society changes, every now and then, you need a new rule of manners.”
”One of the fascinating things about persuasion is that I can describe my method while I do it, and it makes no difference to the outcome.”
Scott Adams is a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.
He is the subject of the book “The Trouble With Dilbert: How Corporate Culture Gets The Last Laugh.”
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Scott Adams – Net Worth
Adams earned most of his wealth from creating the comic strip Dilbert, which appears in more than 2,000 newspapers and 19 languages.
Scott also wrote several books, including – Loserthink: How Untrained Brains Are Ruining America, Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter, Stick to Drawing Comics, Monkey Brain!, and God’s Debris.
He was the CEO of Scott Adams Foods, Inc., makers of Protein Chef and Dilberito (a vegan microwave burrito).
In 2017, Scott became the Chief Strategy Officer of WhenHub. Therefore, Scott Adams has an estimated net worth of $70 million.
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