J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling’s Return to the Harry Potter World Made Her the Richest Author Again

For the first time in this decade, J.K. Rowling has exceeded the prolific James Patterson, according to Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid authors. With a combination of print, ebooks, audiobooks, films, and a bunch of other things, Rowling earned an estimated total of $95 million (£72.3 million) in 2017, which is equivalent to $180 per minute.


Much of her success this year derived from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. After the Cursed Child‘s release last summer, the book sold more than 680,000 print copies in the U.K. in three days, and became the world’s fastest selling novel since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.


Via Associated Press

Via the Associated Press


Rowling arrived at top three on numerous occasions but never has she made it to the top of the list this decade. Though Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin and The Fault in Our Stars author John Green have completely dropped off the list, the former’s prequels to GoT and the latter’s new book, Turtles All the Way Downmay allow for epic comebacks next year.


Here is the official list of the world’s richest authors:

  1. J.K. Rowling — $95 million
  2. James Patterson — $87 million
  3. Jeff Kinney — $21 million
  4. Dan Brown — $20 million
  5. Stephen King — $15 million
  6. John Grisham (Tie) — $14 million
  7. Nora Roberts (Tie) — $14 million
  8. Paula Hawkins — $13 million
  9. E.L. James — $11.5 million
  10. Danielle Steele (Tie) — $11 million
  11. Rick Riordan (Tie) — $11 million


According to the Guardian, Forbes producer Hayley Cuccinello was surprised to see Rowling’s sudden increase in earnings for this year but is skeptical towards how long her winning status will remain.


“But unless Rowling releases another bestselling book in time for next year’s list,” said Cuccinello, “her earnings will almost certainly dip dramatically and she’ll likely relinquish first place.”


Although the Harry Potter world had tragic news of Robert Hardy’s passing yesterday, we also eagerly await for the next two new Harry Potter books that will be released on October 20th by Bloomsbury.



Featured image courtesy of Pottermore.