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Harry Potter creator J K Rowling has been named the world’s most highly paid author with earnings of $128 million in 2017.
The British writer beat the likes of Dan Brown, Stephen King and John Grisham to top Forbes’ list of the 10 highest earners in the global industry for the first time in almost 10 years.
The announcement comes soon after her legions of worldwide fans celebrated the 20th anniversary of her first instalment of the series.
She has written a further six Harry Potter titles, which have been turned into eight blockbuster feature films, and she last year made her screenwriting debut with a prequel movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Aside from Rowling, the US business magazine’s list also includes British authors Paula Hawkins and E L James whose respective novels The Girl on the Train and 50 Shades of Grey have both been turned into major movies in recent years while the others are all American.
List organisers added that Game oOf Thrones creator George R R Martin, The Fault in Our Stars writer John Green and Divergent trilogy author Veronica Roth just failed to make the top 10.
The 2017 list
1. JK Rowling (Harry Potter) $127.6m.
2. James Patterson (Women’s Murder Club) $116.8m.
3. Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) $28m.
4. Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code) $26.8m.
5. Stephen King (The Dark Tower) $20m.
6. John Grisham (The Innocent Man) $18.8m.
7. Nora Roberts (Year One)
8. Paula Hawkins (The Girl on the Train) $17.4m.
9. EL James (Fifty Shades of Grey) $15.4m.
10. Danielle Steel (The Duchess) $14.7m.
10. Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians series) $14.7m. PA
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