Earnings of the wealthiest authors worldwide from June 2015 and June 2016 (in million U.S. dollars)

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Earnings in million U.S. dollars
James Patterson95
Jeff Kinney19.5
J.K. Rowling19
John Grisham18
Stephen King15
Danielle Steel15
Nora Roberts15
E.L. James14
Veronica Roth10
John Green10
Paula Hawkins10
George R. R. Martin9.5
Rick Riordan9.5
Dan Brown9.5
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The statistic shows a ranking of the highest paid authors worldwide. In the period from June 2015 to June 2016, Stephen King was the fifth-wealthiest author worldwide, with earnings amounting to 15 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 2015. 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 also J.K. Rowling, the author of the epic fantasy ‘Harry Potter’ series. Between May 2010 and April 2011, Rowling earned five million U.S. dollars. This figure would rise and then fall again to 19 million U.S. dollars between June 2014 and June 2015.
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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