This may come as a huge surprise to all of you, you may need to take a moment to sit down and regulate your breathing before reading on…but J. K. Rowling is really rich. I know. It’s a lot to take in. You probably weren’t prepared for such news, when just twenty-five years ago, J. K. Rowling was not rich. And now she is. But that’s life, you know.
Rowling is in fact the richest of the rich. Forbes has named her the world’s highest paid celebrity, after she earned $95 million in a twelve month period. Surely not, I hear you cry as you flail your arms in ardent disbelief, causing a scene. To that I say, please calm down and take a deep breath. You may hear news this truly shocking only several times in your life, but it is important that you know how to handle it. Please sit tight as I relay to you the additional details.
On top of this, in August, Rowling was declared by Forbes the world’s highest paid author. I know. Who’d’ve thunk it. Do you need a paper bag to breathe into?
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Okay, okay, I’m done. But what I found actually surprising is that she is joined in the top five highest paid authors in the world by Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Kinney is up there with Rowling, Stephen King, James Patterson, and Dan Brown. What? Pretty mad.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who plays for soccor team Real Madrid, is the second highest paid celebrity, earning an estimated $93 million. British band Coldplay were third, with singer Adele, who is the only other woman on the list, came in at number four.
I hope you’re okay after I so rudely dropped this bombshell on you, but hopefully you’ll be all right by the time next year’s list is announced.
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