Who comes to your mind when you think of the richest authors? You’re about to find out. It is interesting to note that some of the world’s most renowned authors are worth more than a billion dollars and are among the richest people in the world.
Here’s a list of 7 of the richest authors worldwide.
7. Barbara Taylor Bradford
Best known for her novel A Woman of Substance, Barbara Taylor Bradford is a best-selling author who has sold more than 80 million copies in 90 countries. In 2007, she got awarded by Queen Elizabeth II for her contributions to literature. As of 2019, Barbara Taylor Bradford’s net worth is estimated to be $300 Million dollars, making her the 7th richest author in the world.
6. Danielle Steel
According to Forbes, Danielle Steel is a best-selling author who has over 800 million copies of her books sold. That makes her the fourth best-selling author in the world. Since her career kicked off in the 1970s, Danielle Steel has been captivating readers around the world with her Romance novels. With over 70 book written, Steel’s works include novels, picture books, children’s literature and works of fiction. She is estimated to be roughly $310 Million dollars
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5. Nora Roberts
When Nora Roberts began her writing career in the 1970s, she probably never envisioned how successful she would be in the coming decades. She has her big break in 1985 when she released the bestseller “Playing The Odds”. Nora Roberts is worth $390 Million dollars, making her the 5th richest author in the world.
4. Stephen King
King of Horror fiction, Stephen King, is easily one of the most popular authors in the world. He has written over 50 book and has a has a completed bachelor degree in English. On top of that, he is worth an estimated 400 million dollars. King is known for thrilling books such as “IT” and “The Shining”, which have been adapted for film.
3. James Patterson
As an author who writes the most easy-to-read and engaging stories, James Patterson has succeeded in captivating millions of readers around the world. In 2010 alone, Patterson had 20 bestsellers. Thanks to his release of best-selling books every year, he has a whopping net worth of $750 million.
2. J.K. Rowling
Known for writing the Harry Potter series of books, which has earned critical acclaim around the world, J.k. Rowling has the accolade for being the second richest author in the world. To buttress this fact, the Harry Potter franchise is the highest-grossing film series of all time.
1. Elisabeth Badinter
Best known for her works on feminism and women’s role in society, Elisabeth Badinter is a French philosopher, author and historian. In 2010, she was polled as “France’s most influential intellectual”. It is no surprise that she is worth $1.3 billion, making her the world’s richest author of all time.
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