The Richest Fiction Authors In the World
Books have the power not just to help us beat the stresses of modern life but also to change our view of the world besides inspiring people to change their lives. Books are a powerful medium which also has the ability to make the authors incredibly wealthy. in August 2016 the Forbes magazine released the names of the highest-paid authors in the world after taking into consideration sales figures from their books, T.V. and film adaptations before taxes for the year ending June 1, 2016.
These people are the richest fiction authors in the world who collectively earned $269 million. The authors include the names of Dan Brown and JK Rowling and we list below some of the richest fiction authors in the world that are still maintaining their position.
Dan Brown is the author of the mystery thriller “the da Vinci code” which was also adapted into a movie three years after it was published.
Brown has collective earnings of $9.5 million and is presently working on an abridged version of a novel for young adults on September 8 with Penguin Random House.
Rick Riordan earned millions as the author of the title “Percy Jackson and the Olympians.” Riordan has earned $9.5 million from the five book series about a 12-year-old who discovers he is a son of Poseidon and which has since been turned into graphic novels and films.
George RR Martin
George RR Martin became one of The world’s most famous authors when he created “the winds of winter” which was the sixth part of his fantasy epic “a song of ice and fire.” He has earned $9.5 million and his novel was adapted by HBO as a television series “game of thrones” in 2011.
Paula Hawkins the British author who became popular for her novel in 2015 “the girl on the train” has earned $10 million by selling 11 million copies of her novel globally and the title was also adapted for a movie which was released in October 2016.
John Green shot to fame for writing a number of novels which have sold over 10 million copies. He seems to have earned a dollar for every copy of his novels and has collected $10 million until this report was published.
The New York Times had a bestseller in April 2011 written by Veronica Roth the American novelist who became a household name with her book “Divergent.” She has also published a couple of sequels all of which have been adapted for movies. She has total earnings of $10 million.
EL James is the author of “50 Shades” which is which is a series of erotic novels published as a tribute to the novels by Stephanie Meyer. EL James has presently earned $14 million.
Danielle Steel has sold 650 million copies of her romantic novels throughout her career and has earned $15 million as an author.
It is estimated that Stephen King is one of the wealthiest authors in the world with a fortune of $450 million. He has a number of titles to his credit with the most popular being “The Shining” “Misery” And “It.” King has earned $15 million in the period ending June 2016.
John Grisham was a lawyer who changed his profession to become a crime novelist and has managed to sell over 300 million copies of his books globally and also inspired several blockbuster movies. He has earned $18 million in the period ending June 2016.
One of the best-selling authors of the world who created the Harry Potter series is JK Rowling who is presently earning $19 million but was once rejected by several publishers before her novel was chosen for publishing by Bloomsbury in 1997.
The highest-paid author in the world is James Patterson with an earning of $95 million. He has been a best-selling author since 2001 and has sold over 350 million copies of his books worldwide.
If reading the books published by these authors enthrall you their earnings would perhaps make you wonder whether writing is really a profession that can bring in enormous wealth.
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