Matt Groening is an American writer, producer, animator, and cartoonist, who is famous for creating the television series, The Simpsons and Futurama. He is also the creator of the comic strip, Life in Hell which ran from 1977 till 2012.

Short Bio

Matt Groening was born Matthew Abram Groening on February 15, 1954, in Portland, Oregon, the USA to his mother, Margaret Ruth Wiggum Groening, and father Homer Philip Groening.

His mother was a teacher while his father was a filmmaker, advertiser, and writer. His father passed away on March 15, 1996, while his mother passed away on April 22, 2013.

Matt Groening
Matt Groening. Image source: Wikipedia

Matt is the grandson of Abraham Groening. He was a professor at Tabor College. He has four siblings. His elder brother is Mark and his sister is Patty Groening. Similarly, his younger siblings are Lisa and Maggie Groening. He has American nationality however, he is of mixed ethnicity German, Canadian, Norwegian, and American.

Regarding his educational qualifications, he completed his primary school at Ainsworth Elementary School and then attended Lincoln High School. He enrolled at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, in 1972 and graduated after five years in 1977.

Personal Life: Married Life, Wife, And Kids

Matt Groening has been married twice. He walked down the aisle with his first wife, Deborah Caplan in 1986. With her, he has two kids, both sons, Homer and Abe Groening. He divorced from Caplan in 1999 after 13 years of marital relationship.

After divorcing his first wife, in 2011, he tied the knot with his second wife, Agustina Picasso. As per sources, they tied the knot after dating for around four years.

He is currently enjoying a healthy marital life with his current wife who is an Argentine artist. With her, he has six kids, Nathanial Philip Picasso Groening, Luna Margaret, India Mia, Sol Matthew, and Venus Ruth.

The pair now enjoys almost a decade long conjugal life without any divorce issues. He has not been linked in any extra-marital affairs or controversies.

Net Worth, Real Estate, Mansion, And Earnings

Matt Groening’s net worth is reported to be around $600 million as of 2021. He earned his worth from his career as an author, cartoonist, and producer.

Talking about his real estate, he bought $11.65 million worth mansion in Santa Monica, California, in 2011. The large home was built by architect Robert D. Farquhar in 1910. After purchasing the estate, he made extensive renovations.

In May 2019, Matt spent $11.9 million to buy the villa next door. Besides this, he also owns a beachfront house in Malibu. He purchased the property in 2000 for $8.5 million and the current value of the home is at least $20 million.

Professional Career

Matt started his career as the editor for his campus newspaper, The Cooper Point Journal. He became friends with cartoonist Lynda Barry and became interested in cartoons. In 1977, he moved to LA to become a writer.

During his early career, he had to wash dishes, clerk, chauffer, ghostwrite, and even appear as an extra in the TV movie, When Every Day Was the Fourth of July.

Groening’s first self-published comic was Life in Hell, which described his life in LA. His comic caught the attention of Hollywood writer, James L. Brooks who contacted him to work in an animation, which was later developed into The Simpsons.

Following The Simpsons, he has created Futurama, Bender’s Big Score, The Lost Adventure, and Disenchantment. From his career, he has been nominated for a whopping 41 Emmy Awards and won 13. On February 14, 2012, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Quick Facts

How Old is Matt Groening?

Matt Groening is currently 67 years old.

What is His Net Worth?

He has an estimated net worth of around $600 million.

Is He Married?

He is married to his second wife, Agustina Picasso.

Does He have Kids?

He has eight kids from two different partners.