Top 10 Richest Authors in the World

Reading novels is the best way to improve your reading skill and career opportunity. The reading habit not only power your vocabulary but it will also keep you entertained when you have nothing to do. Who says an author makes less money than any other professionals? There are many famous authors in the world, but in the following list we represent you the Top 10 Richest Authors in the World. So next time when someone asks you, what’s your dream, answer him proudly “I Want to become an Author”.

10. John Grisham – $200 Million

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John Grisham is an American politician, lawyer and author known for his thriller themes. He graduated from Mississippi State University and began writing his first novel “A Time to Kill” in 1984. He is one of only three authors to sell over 2 million copies on a first printing. His books have been translated into 29 languages and eight of his novels have been adapted into movies. Till 2012, his books had sold over 275 million copies worldwide.

9. Stan Lee – $220 Million

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Stan Lee is an American comic book writer, media producer and former president of Marvel Comics. He Co created the Spider Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Iron man, Thor, X Men and many other fictional characters. Many of his comic’s characters have been used in movies. For his great work he won many awards, including the Producers Guild of America, Hugo award, Visual Effect Society award and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

8. Olivia Harrison – $275 Million

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Olivia Harrison is a British Mexican author and a film producer. She Co authored the book George Harrison – Living in the Material World which was released in 2011. She also Co produced a documentary film done on her book and appeared in New York City to promote the documentary.

7. Tom Clancy – $300 Million

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Tom Clancy was an American novelist and widely known for his military science storylines set during the cold war. All his novels are based on techno thriller, crime fiction, spy fiction and nonfiction. His seventeen books were bestseller and sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. Some of his popular books are Red Storm Rising, Patriot Games, The Sum of all Fears, Debt of Honor and Dead or Alive.

6. James Patterson – $310 Million

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James Patterson is an American author and got worldwide popularity about his novel about the fictional psychologist Alex Cross. The story is about a detective who assigned to solve three murder cases. It was the cold murder cases of three women, the most thrilling and sensational stories written by him. He also wrote Women’s Murder Club, Maximum Ride and Witch and Wizard.

5. Danielle Steel – $375 Million

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Danielle Steel is an American novelist and the fourth bestselling author of all time with 800 million copies sold. All her novels are based on romance, children’s fiction and poetry. Her novels have been translated into 28 languages and sold in more than 47 countries across the world. Some of her bestselling novels are Betrayal, Big Girl, Amazing Grace and To Love Again.

4. Stephen King – $400 Million

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Stephen King is an American story writer, screen writer and a novelist. All his novels based on horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy. For his work he received the Bram Stoker Award, World Fantasy Award and British Fantasy Society Award. His books have sold more than 350 million worldwide and some of them have been adapted into films.

3. Candy Spelling – $600 Million

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Candy Spelling is an American author and a philanthropist. She is a regular columnist for The Huffington Post and She released her autobiography, Stories from Candyland in 2009 and hit the New York Times bestseller list two weeks after publication. She is also a board member of trustee of the American Humane Association.

2. Jim Davis – $800 Million

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Jim Davis is a cartoonist and known as the creator of the highly successful comic, Garfield. He is the writer and executive producer of a trilogy film about Garfield. His other comics are Tumbleweeds, Gnorm Gnat, U.S Acres and Mr. Potato Head. He is also a former president of the Fairmount, Indiana, FFA chapter.

1. JK Rowling – $1 Billion

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JK Rowling is a British novelist and the richest author in the world. She is the author of Harry Potter, one of the highest grossing movies ever. The movie gained the worldwide attention, won numerous awards and sold more than 400 million copies. They have become the best-selling book series in history making JK Rowling a Billionaire. She also writes The Casual Vacancy and the crime fiction novel The Cuckoo’s Calling. She won many awards including Freedom of the city of London and British Academy Film Award.

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Varun Kumar

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