Top 10 Richest Mangaka
Here, we’ll be talking about the richest mangaka in Japan. Are they really that rich?
I’m sure we all agree that there is no job better than one that pays to do what you naturally love doing. For instance, sports. Soccer players, basketballers, tennis players, and so on literally make so much money from doing what they enjoy…for enjoying their hobbies. The same could be said for manga artists/mangaka, who make money from drawing manga and that is something they definitely enjoy doing on any normal day.
The manga industry is a fast-growing one and likewise, is its fan base. It may not bring in much cash in other parts of the world like Europe, but the job of a mangaka is a lucrative one in Japan. In this year, 2022 alone, it has already contributed about $25-30 billion as revenue to Japan’s economy…wow! That’s a massive amount and it’s all thanks to these manga artists, who have created many worlds of fantasy that we have all come to enjoy.
Who Are The Richest Mangaka In Japan?
Like every other work in entertainment, not everyone gets to the top tier level. The big names we hear today are those mangaka that has made it to the top, or at least are near the top. Now, the amount a mangaka earns depends on many things like the volume of sales, the popularity of their works, the number of pages, etc.
Below is the list of the top 10 richest mangakas in Japan:
1. Eiichiro Oda (One Piece)
2. Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball franchise)
3. Gosho Aoyama (Detective Conan)
4. Hajime Isayama (Attack on Titan)
5. Noriaki Kubo (Bleach)
6. Yoshihiro Togashi (Hunter x Hunter)
7. Masashi Kishimoto (Naruto)
8. Koyoharu Gotouge (Demon Slayer)
9. Gege Akutami (Jujutsu Kaisen)
10. Hirohiko Araki (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures)
1. EIICHIRO ODA (Net Worth: $230-250 million)
At the number one spot for the richest mangaka in Japan is the G.O.A.T himself, Eiichiro Oda. I feel like most manga fans and especially fans of One Piece know this already.
He’s popular for being the artist behind one of the best manga presently, One Piece. Though he’s known for One Piece, Oda-sensei has other manga that he has drawn – Wanted!, Monsters, Ikki Yako, etc. He has done crossover manga with Akira Toriyama, the author, and mangaka of the Dragon Ball series, and another with Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro, the mangaka behind Toriko.
One Piece manga has sold over 450 million volumes and that puts it as one of the highest-selling manga of all time.
2. AKIRA TORIYAMA (Net Worth: $50-55 million)
Akira Toriyama is best known as the mangaka behind the Dragon Ball franchise. He’s created and has served as inspiration for many other mangakas. Some even admit to taking ideas from his story and character designs.
A large percentage of the manga fandom was introduced to it through Dragon Ball, which has sold about 300 million volumes.
3. GOSHO AOYAMA (Net Worth: $50 million)
Gosho Aoyama has many mangas to his legendary name. Of which, Detective Conan, also known as Case Closed in some English-speaking nations, has enjoyed the most success.
Detective Conan as of 2022 has 230 million volume sales and is still ongoing.
4. HAJIME ISAYAMA (Net Worth: $45 million)
Attack on Titan is a manga that will definitely withstand the test and trials of time. We were able to know, read and enjoy this work…this masterpiece, all because of Hajime Isayama-sensei, a true storyteller.
Attack on Titan, or Shingeki no Kyojin depending on what you prefer, has sold over 100 million volumes and is bound to sell even more with the coming of Part 3 of its anime’s final season.
5. NORIAKI KUBO (Net Worth: $40 million)
Every shonen anime fan is hyped about the return of Bleach anime in October 2022. Especially since it will be telling the story of the final arc – Thousand Year Blood War Arc, which until then remains a manga-only arc.
Noriaki Kubo-sensei’s (professionally known as Tite Kubo) Bleach manga has met a good level of success and has over 130 million tankōbon volumes.
6. YOSHIHIRO TOGASHI (Net Worth: $25-30 million)
Hunter x Hunter has recently been announced to return on the 4th of November. This news has all the fans hyped. But did you know Hunter x Hunter isn’t the only popular manga drawn by Yoshihiro Togashi?
Yes. Togashi-sensei is also the mangaka behind the popular manga series, Yu Yu Hakusho. With Yu Yu Hakusho selling about 50 million volumes and Hunter x Hunter having over 80 million volume sales, it is not surprising that Togashi-sensei makes this list.
We wish Togashi-sensei a quick recovery and better health.
7. MASASHI KISHIMOTO (Net Worth: $20-25 million)
If you ever did the ninja run or performed hand signs that made you look weird when you were younger, then this man was most likely responsible for that.
Masashi Kishimoto, is the genius behind one of the best manga of all time, Naruto – which has sold over 250 million volumes, among other manga that he has written.
If you ever feel like you’re about to give up, watch an episode of Naruto. Rekindle the flame of your ninja way.
8. KOYOHARU GOTOUGE (Net Worth: $20 million)
Demon Slayer has become one of the best-selling new generation manga and has sold over 150 million copies, some even dare to tag it alongside Black Clover and My Hero Academia as the new Big Three.
Koyoharu Gotouge gave us the wonderful world of demon slayers. It is definitely a must-read. The manga artist is yet to reveal the face that bears the name or even gender.
9. GEGE AKUTAMI (Net Worth: $15 million)
Just like Gotouge-sensei, Gege Akutami has kept everything about the person behind the name hidden from the public. Gege Akutami is the pen name of the mangaka. We have yet to confirm a real name, face, or gender.
The hands and mind behind the splendid art and story that is Jujutsu Kaisen. Jujutsu Kaisen is, without a doubt, a contender for the best new generation manga and anime.
10. HIROHIKO ARAKI (Net Worth: $13-15 million)
Hirohiko Araki is the mangaka best known for drawing the series, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, which has attracted so many controversial comments.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure series has over 100 million copies in circulation. A unique story with spectacular characters and a power system.