TOP 10 Richest Authors in the World

Reading is sexy … and writing, sometimes, a whole business. If you have any doubts, you should know the names of the 10 richest authors in the world in 2021, from Stephen King to JK Rowling, based on Forbes’s data according to those who have entered the most in recent years. Not only for the sales of his books but also for the continuation agreements or the production of adaptations for film and television.

1- JK Rowling ($ 1 billion)

JK Rowling net worth

Famous Books of Jk Rowling:

The Ickabog
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
The Casual Vacancy
The Cuckoo’s Calling
The Hogwarts Library
Troubled Blood

In 2013, the media picked up on what has already become commonplace that JK Rowling had surpassed Queen Elizabeth as the richest woman in England (with a fortune, at that time, of 280 million pounds), and since then the author of ‘Harry Potter’ repeats year after year in this ranking. Let’s not forget the movies and sequels or the amusement parks.

2- James Patterson ($ 800 million)

James Patterson net worth

Books: The President Is Missing, The Lover Collector

In recent years, the best-selling author, with 86 million dollars in income and a total fortune of 750, as many specialized portals in the United States collect, is James Patterson. The thriller writer, known by the character FBI agent Alex Cross (‘The collector of lovers’), published in 2018 and Bill Clinton, ‘The president has disappeared,’ a phenomenon in sales.

After a year in this ranking, let’s not forget the movies and sequels or the amusement parks.

3- Stephen King ($ 500 million)

Stephen King net worth

Books: It, The Shining, Misery, Carrie

We don’t have to explain why Stephen King is on this list either, do we? The Maine master of horror is going through a new golden age in recent years, in which not only has he published several novels (one of them even with his son, Joe Hill); It has also returned to the big and small screen with adaptations such as ‘It,’ ‘Doctor Sueño,’ ‘Animal Cemetery,’ ‘1922.’

4- Danielle Steel ($ 400 million)

Danielle Steel net worth

Books: There is no greater love, Family Album

There are many legends and clichés surrounding romance novels starring highlanders with bright hair and innocent wenches who are new to sex, but the truth is that we are talking about a vast and profitable market. Danielle Steel is one of its most prolific and famous exponent authors. He is backed by the 12 million he has recently earned (and a fortune of more than 300).

5- Nora Roberts ($ 390 million)

Nora Roberts net worth

Books: Dark Witch, Blood Brothers, The Witness

Danielle Steel ties with Nora Roberts for the list of highest-paid writers in recent years, demonstrating the mystery romance genre’s potential. We do not know if you have read a novel by the American (which has a total fortune, according to Forbes,’ of almost 400 million dollars). However, indeed you have seen an adaptation in the form of a Sunday telefilm.

6- John Grisham ($ 350 million)

John Grisham net worth

Books: The Pelican Report, The Signature, Time to Kill

It needs no introduction because he is the most popular and profitable book within the crime thriller and political and corporate conspiracies. You know ‘The Pelican Report,’ ‘Time to kill’ or ‘The Signature,’ which inspired well-known films in the 90s, and perhaps also ‘The Innocent Man,’ the germ of the Netflix documentary ‘The Williamson Project.’ Grisham cannot be missing from your shelf.

7- Dan Brown ($ 160 million)

Dan Brown net worth

Books: The Da Vinci Code, Angels, and Demons, Origin

None of his later books have been able to match the boom in Robert Langdon’s character ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and ‘Angels and Demons, as the bar was high, but Dan Brown is undoubtedly still a head writer. When we talk about fast-paced best-sellersHis book ‘Origin,’ from 2017, has made him one of the best sellers in recent seasons.

8- Jeff Kinney ($ 150 million)

Jeff Kinney net worth

Books: Greg’s Diary saga

Indeed it does not surprise you that among the richest writers in the world, they have been dedicated to formats such as horror, mystery, or romance, but what if we talk about children’s books? The American author and cartoonist Jeff Kinney, responsible for the saga ‘Greg’s diary,’ shows that we face a commercial vein: more than 200 million copies sold worldwide.

9- Michael Wolff ($ 125 million)

Michael Wolff net worth

Books: Fire and Fury, Inside the Trump White House

Another issue that now interests readers worldwide (and not just those on these issues) is politics, especially if they approach it like Michael Wolff. This journalist and essayist is the author of ‘Fire and fury, in the bowels of the Trump White House’ and has been lined, in addition to sales, with the commitment of a continuation and audiovisual rights.

10- EL James ($ 110 million)

EL James net worth

Books: Fifty Shades of the Gray saga

There is no doubt that the ‘Fifty Shades of Gray’ saga was a phenomenon beyond its pages (and its 150 million copies). And we don’t just say it because of the movies (thanks to which EL James made a good amount of money), but because of the debate, it generated about BDSM. Still, ‘Darker,’ where we see the story through Christian Gray’s eyes, fell short of expectations.

Final Words

How many times do we hear that the book market is at a loss? What to do the writer does not pay because the public reads little? It is true, yet not all writers have been dealing with a job to lose, indeed. We have compiled a list of the 10 writers who have earned the most in the last ten years, and there is talk of millions of dollars.