So we all know J.K. Rowling is ridiculously rich—according to the recent Forbes list of the highest paid celebrities, she’s richer than both Drake and Lady Gaga with a 2018 income of $54 million. Maybe a number that enormous is difficult to comprehend. Rich is rich, right? Absolutely not. You might realize that, with fifty-two weeks in a year, Rowling earns over one million dollars per week. To wrap your had around this staggering hoard of wealth, let’s measure it out in houses (no, not the Hogwarts kind).
The average price of a house in the United States is $200,000. Let’s round down J.K.’s weekly earnings to a tidy one million. That means every week, J.K. Rowling could purchase five homes and, with the $300,000+ dollars she’d have left, buy a Ferrari Spider to drive between them. Let’s reiterate—one week.
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Infamous as the first and only billionaire to lose her ten-figure status due to charitable donations, it’s important to remember that several million dollars—several hundred million dollars—can still buy an island or, if you’re so inclined, the Romanian castle that inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula. (In any case, she’s a billionaire again.) So let’s go even deeper into the bottomless expanse of J.K.’s coin, a gold pile so enormous you’d expect it to come with a dragon on top, ask the real question: how much money does J.K. make in an hour?
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That’ll be $10,948, folks. Every single hour. Including while she sleeps.
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(For context, that’s more than the average cost of a year of in-state public college education. That means that J.K. Rowling makes enough money to cover the average American’s entire college costs while taking a long nap.)
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