Literature is one of those aesthetics that has helped in the nourishment of mankind. Through writing it is very much possible to spread the writing and the readers too can make the best use of their time. Books are very much knowledgeable and no matter what is the genre, every book has something or the other to offer to the reader. In the world of Literature, few authors have set their works as masterpieces in the sands of time. In today’s world, writing is very much commercialized and the writers earn a lump sum out of the sales.
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- 10. Stephenie Meyer- $180 million
- 9. John Grisham- $200 million
- 8. Dean Koontz – $275 million
- 7. Tom Clancy- $300 million
- 6. James Patterson- $310 million
- 5. Danielle Steel- $375 million
- 4. Stephen King- $400 million
- 3. Candy Spelling- $600 million
- 2. Jim Davis- $800 million
- 1. J.K. Rowling- $1 billion
Thus, this is a list that features the Top 10 Richest Authors in the world at the moment:
10. Stephenie Meyer- $180 million
This American author is best known for the Twilight series which has sold over a 100 million copies in several different languages. The first book in the series was the best-selling book in the year 2008. According to Meyer, the idea for the book came to her in the form of a dream. Within three months, she had completed a book based of her dream of a human girl falling in love with a vampire. Meyers faced rejection or no answers from 14 of the letters she wrote to publishers. Jodi Reamer sent a positive response to the letter, and within a few months of the release, it reached the New York Times best seller list. Other novels that she has written are The Host and Midnight Sun.
9. John Grisham- $200 million
John Grisham is an author, attorney, politician, and activist. His bestselling books include The Firm and A Time to Kill. He was inspired to write his first book after watching a trial about a girl who was raped and beaten, and watching how that made the jury become emotional. His books are mainly legal thrillers but he has also written sports fiction and comedy fiction. Some of the honors that he has are winning the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award, the Galaxy British Lifetime Achievement Award and the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.
8. Dean Koontz – $275 million
This author is known for writing suspense thrillers, many of which have been on the New York Times Bestseller List. After the publication of his first novel Star Quest, Koontz wrote more than a dozen science fiction novels. He also wrote suspense and horror fiction. Some of the books that he has authored that were converted to films are Frankenstein (2004), Black River (2001), Phantoms (1998), Watchers 3 (1994), and Demon Seed (1977).
7. Tom Clancy- $300 million
Tom Clancy was an author who was known for his novels that were of the military-science category. He had seventeen novels that were on the best sellers list. A few of the books that have been turned into movies are The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of all Fears. The movies have been successful and have reputable actors playing the roles of the characters in the novels including Alec Baldwin and Ben Affleck.
6. James Patterson- $310 million
This American author was born on March 22, 1947. He is well-known for the Alex Cross series in which the main character is a psychologist. Patterson currently has a Guinness World Record because he was the first person to see 1 million e-books. His career started as being an advertiser, which he retired from in 1996. He started writing his first novel, Mrs. Bridge. Since then, he has written 114 bestsellers.
5. Danielle Steel- $375 million
Ms. Steel is an American author who is known to write novels which involve characters involved in a like crisis like blackmail, fraud, or suicide. She has sold over 800 million copies of her books and all of them have been bestsellers. Some of the recent novels that she has authored are First Sight, Winners, Power Play, A perfect Life, Property of a Noble Woman, and A Perfect Life. A few of the books which have been adapted as movies are Crossings, Kaleidoscope, and Zoya. She is one amongst the Top 10 Richest Authors in The World 2017.
4. Stephen King- $400 million
Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption is a well-known novel which was written by Stephen King. This man is known for writing horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. The beginning of his career was when he wrote short stories to men’s magazines due to his inability to find a teaching post after graduating from university. Then, he started to work on ideas for novels. Some TV adaptions include the serial Haven which is based on The Colorado King and Stand by Me.
3. Candy Spelling- $600 million
This author, television personality, and philanthropist was married to Aaron Spelling, the American film and television producer. Some of the TV serials that he is known for producing are Charlie’s Angels and Beverly Hills, 90210. Candy Spelling regularly writes for The Huffington Post, Los Angeles Confidential, and TMZ.com. Stories from Candyland, the story of her life, was on the New York Times Best Seller List for two weeks as well as being the first on the list at L.A.s Book Soup.
2. Jim Davis- $800 million
Jim Davis is the creator of Garfield comic strips as well as U.S. Acres. Garfield has obtained the name of being the world’s most widely syndicated comic strip. His work started from writing a comic strip called Gnorm Gnat which was about bugs, but he was advised to change the subject. On the 19th of June, 1978, Garfield began its circulation in newspapers. Jim Davis has founded the Professor Garfield Foundation which supports children’s literacy. Some of the awards that he has received are the Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program, the Elzie Segar Award for Contributions to Cartooning, and the Best Strip presented by the National Cartoonist Society.
1. J.K. Rowling- $1 billion
The multimillion dollar worth novel Harry Potter was authored by Joanne Rowling. The series is the best-selling book series in all of history. Her first book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was finished in 1995 and was submitted for publishing only to be rejected by 12 publishing houses. After one year, Barry Cunningham from Bloomsbury accepted to publish the book. Her most recent release was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which is a two part play that is the ‘eighth Harry Potter story’. The tickets for the first play sold out in hours. Today, the Harry Potter brand is worth $15 billion.
This was the list of the Top 10 Richest Authors in the world 2017 who have been excellent with their writing and their books witnessed incredible sales around the world. They have a great fan-following too. Thus, even amidst the dominance of technology, literature has to be kept alive, for it being one of the major sources of aesthetic sense in a human being.