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Earnings of the wealthiest authors worldwide from June 2013 to June 2014 (in million U.S. dollars)

 Earnings in million U.S. dollars
James Patterson 90
Dan Brown 28
Nora Roberts 23
Danielle Steel 22
Janet Evanovich 20
Jeff Kinney 17
Veronica Roth 17
John Grisham 17
Stephen King 17
Suzanne Collins 16
J. K. Rowling 14
George R.R. Martin 12
David Baldacci 11
Rick Riordan 10
E.L. James 10
Gillian Fllynn 9
John Green 9
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The statistic shows a ranking of the highest paid authors worldwide. In the period from June 2013 to June 2014, Stephen King was the ninth-wealthiest author worldwide, with earnings amounting to 17 million U.S. dollars.


Authors and film adaptations – additional information

Forbes has documented the novelist Stephen King’s annual earnings from May 2010 to June 2014. From May 2011 to May 2012, King earned 39 million U.S. dollars, yet between June 2013 and June 2014, this figure had dropped to 17 million U.S. dollars. King began writing in the 1970s and published his novel, ‘Carrie’ in 1973 for an advance of 2,500 U.S. dollars. It is considered one of his most popular books and inspired two Hollywood film adaptations in 1976 and 2013.
Another author whose works have led to blockbuster films is of course J.K. Rowling, the author of the epic fantasy ‘Harry Potter’ series. Between May 2010 and April 2011, Rowling earned 5 million U.S. dollars. This figure would rise and then fall again to 14 million U.S. dollars between June 2013 and June 2014.
Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ series consists of seven books which were published between 1997 and 2007. The literary series, once adapted into film, generated eight films in total. The first film, entitled ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ which was released in 2001, generated a box office revenue of 974.76 million U.S. dollars worldwide. The final film in the series ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2’ was released ten years later in 2011 and generated 1.34 billion U.S. dollars worldwide making it the highest earning film of the series.

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