Paulo Coelho
Paulo Coelho
Real Name/Full Name Paulo Coelho de Souza
Nick Name/Celebrated Name: Paulo Coelho
Birth Place: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date Of Birth/Birthday: 24 August 1947
Age/How Old: 76 years old
Height/How Tall: In Centimetres – 173 cm
In Feet and Inches – 5′ 8″
Weight: In Kilograms – 75 Kg
In Pounds – 165 lbs
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: White
Parents Name: Father –Pedro Queima De Coelho de Souza
Mother –Lygia Coelho
Siblings: Sonia Coelho
School: Our Lady Victorious School
College: St. Ignatius College, Rio de Janeiro
Religion: Christianity
Nationality: Brazilian
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Gender: Male
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Girlfriend: N/A
Wife/Spouse Name: Christina Oiticica
Kids/Children Name: N/A
Profession: Lyricist, writer
Net Worth: $530 million
Last Updated: May 2024

Paulo Coelho de Souza, popularly known as Paulo Coelho, is a Brazilian lyricist and a novel writer. He is best known for his novel, The Alchemist. He has been active since 1974, though he published his first book, Hell Archives, in 1982. He uploaded his personal papers on the internet with the intentions of creating a virtual Paulo Coelho Foundation in 2014.

Well, how well do you know about Paulo Coelho? If not much, we have compiled all you need to know about Paulo Coelho’s net worth in 2024, his age, height, weight, wife, kids, biography and complete details about his life. Well, if you’re all set, here is what we know about Paulo Coelho to date.

Biography and Early Life

Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 24 August 1947. He is the only son of Pedro de Queima, an engineer, and Lygia Coelho, a homemaker. He was raised together with his only sister, Sonia Coelho, a writer. He had a quirky personality which made his parents take him to a medical institution, where he was released after he was twenty years. From a young age, he inspired me to become a writer.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Paulo Coelho in 2024, and what is his height and weight? Well, Paulo Coelho’s age is 76 years old as of today’s date 24th May 2024 having been born on 24 August 1947. Though, he is 5′ 8″ in feet and inches and 173 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 165 lbs in Pound and 75kg in Kilograms.


Coelho attended Our Lady Victorious School. He always wanted to become a writer, but his parents discouraged him a lot considering the career path of his father. His parents convinced him to join law school, and he was enrolled at St. Ignatius College. A year later, he dropped out and started living as a hippie and traveled between South America, North Africa, Europe, and Mexico. Later in the 1960s, he began using drugs.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

Paulo Coelho With Wife Christina Oiticica
Paulo Coelho With Wife Christina Oiticica

Coelho married Christina Oiticica, an artist, in 1980. Previously he had married Gisa from 1971 and divorced in 1974. He later married Cissa in 1976 and divorced her in 1977. At first, they were residing in Rio de Janeiro, where they spent half a year before moving to their house in Pyrenees Mountain. Currently, they live in Geneva, Switzerland. Coelho has talked nothing concerning his children.

Is Paulo Coelho Gay?

Paulo Coelho is straight as far as sexual orientation is concerned. He is neither gay nor bisexual and has never had such rumors. He has been married since 1980. They are living together with his wife without fighting nor planning to divorce.

Professional Career

After returning back to Brazil, Coelho started a career as a songwriter. He used to compose lyrics for Rita Lee, Elis Regina, and Raul Seixas. His association with Raul made him be associated with magic and occultism, from the content of some songs. Also, he was accused that some songs being not well known in Brazil were rip-offs.

In 1974, he was arrested and tortured by the ruling military government after his lyrics were viewed as left0wing and dangerous. Coelho was no longer comfortable with songwriting and decided to change his career path. He worked as an actor, theatre director, and journalist before finally pursuing a career in writing.

Coelho published his first book, Hell Archives, in 1982, though it did not make a substantial impact. He later wrote The Pilgrimage in 1986 and published it in 1987. He was procrastinating about writing another book and said to himself that if he sees a white feather, he will know that God wants him to write another book. The same day, he saw a white feather and began his writing.

Coelho wrote his next book, The Alchemist, and the Brazilian publisher could only print nine hundred copies. He later found a bigger publishing house, and though his book did not get much recognition, it did after publishing his next book, Brida. Later it became a best-selling book internationally.

Coelho writes at least a book after every two years. Some of his other books include; Hippie, The Valkyries, and Aleph, which are autobiographical, The Pilgrimage included. Others like The Manual of the Warrior of Light, Maktub, among others, are fictional.

In 2016, Coelho and Kobe Bryant met and discussed writing a children’s book together. Two months after they had begun writing, Bryant died in a plane crash, and Coelho deletes the whole draft.


Coelho has achieved great throughout his career. He has written a lot of books that have been published in more than 170 countries. His work has also been translated into more than eighty languages. Having been able to write at least one book in two years, he has written many books which are great sources of income.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Paulo Coelho in 2024

Paulo Coelho Net Worth
Paulo Coelho Net Worth

Coelho has made a great fortune as he has an estimated net worth of $530 million as of 2024. Most of his income comes from the sale of his books. Before entirely focussing on writing, he used to be a lyricist and worked with a popular musician who paid him handsomely. Having the most translated books, Coelho holds the Guinness World Record.

Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know

  • Coelho participated in his first writing competition when he was nine years when he won
  • He was writing a diary on a daily basis since he was twelve.
  • He suffered asthma during his childhood which made him to remain very skinny
  • He founded “Paulo Coelho Institute” in 1996 with an aim to help children and the elderly.

Paulo Coelho is one of the most-read writers throughout the world. He is also known to be a famous author with some of the best-selling novels. He was determined of what he wanted to become from the time he was young and went after it at all costs. He has inspired a lot of people through his novels and will continue to be celebrated for his success.


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