One good idea, that is all that these authors needed to become world-famous. Writing is not an obvious career, but anyone who is good at it can earn a lot of money with it.
Although Paula Hawkins (‘In The Water’) and John Grisham (‘The Pelican Brief’) and EL James (‘Fifty Shades Of Gray’) appear in the top 10, they do not reach the top. These are the 5 richest authors in the world at a glance.
5. Stephen King (71)
When you think of horror novels, you immediately think of Stephen King. His classics such as ‘The Shining’, ‘It’ and ‘Pet Sematary’ can be found on almost every bookshelf. Thanks to his writings, he has 15 million dollars (13 million euros) in the bank.
4. Dan Brown (54)
‘The Da Vinci Code’ is one of the most widely read thrillers in the world. The adventures of Brown’s main character Robert Langdon are very popular all over the world. His trademark is the so-called ‘fact fiction’, in which he incorporates many historical facts into his stories. Brown has a fortune of 20 million dollars, or (17 million euros.)
3. Jeff Kinney (47)
Kinney is the writer of ‘Diary Of A Wimpy Kid’, or ‘The Life Of A Loser’. His novel has already been transformed into a film series. That earned him a total of 21 million dollars (18 million euros).
2. James Patterson (71)
Patterson is best known for his thrillers. His best known series are ‘Alex Cross’ and ‘Women’s Murder Club’. He already earned 87 million dollars (77 million euros) with it. His most remarkable achievement is that he wrote a book together with former president Bill Clinton, called ‘The President Is Missing’.
1. JK Rowling (53)
Are you still shocked? JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, is the absolute number 1 in this list. Although she also wrote books such as ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ and ‘The Casual Vacancy’, she owes most of her fortune to ‘the boy who stayed alive’ – and clearly continues to earn. Rowling has 95 million dollars to her credit that is about 84 million euros.