Top 10 Richest Authors In The World That Are More Famous Than Their Novels
Reading novels and books benefits your mind, health, and soul. They increase our ability to emphasize and even build our vocabulary. In addition to this, they help in reducing stress and even reduce depression symptoms. It opens up your mind and gives exposure to the outside world.
A room without books is like a body without a soul.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Here are some of the different genres of the book to read:
- Action and adventure
- Comic books
- Detective and mystery
- Historical fiction
- Literary fiction
- Science fiction
- Suspense and thrillers
Novels and Books are our best companions, and they would not have been there if there were no authors!
A good author is someone who can put in drop by drop complex thoughts into more straightforward sentences, someone who can make the reader attached to the book, someone who can make the story in such a way that readers can relate to it.
Authors are the most creative and imaginative people in the world. They can form a story that will be relatable to their life as well.
Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.
Successful authors don’t just become successful in one day, and they strive hard to write creative pieces of work balancing personal life as well. Some authors even faced rough childhood and still challenged all the obstacles and became successful. They are a source of inspiration for all the young authors who want to make their living in the field of writing.
They are patient and dedicated towards their work and put their heart and soul into the writing for the readers to love them. They need to keep the storyline crisp to keep the reader’s attention towards the book.
Here are the top 10 richest authors in the world, and you should read their writings as well:
10. Danielle Steel
Danielle Fernande Schuelein-Steel is best known for her popular bestselling romance novels, and her net worth is approx. 400 million dollars.
She was born on 14 August 1947. She had a rough childhood and thus dedicated her life to books and developed an interest in fashion. She attended the Parsons School of Design and NYU, but she had to drop out of college due to serious health issues.
Steel initially worked as a translator as she was fluent in English and French. However, after being suggested by a client, she started writing.
Her romance novels were usually based on strong, beautiful women overcoming hurdles in life to secure love, career, and family. Some of her novels made it to The New York Times bestseller list.
9. Michael Crichton
John Michael Crichton was born on 23rd October.1942 and is prominent for his meticulous researched popular thrillers. His father was a journalist and encouraged him to write.
Surprisingly, Michael’s first work was published when he was only 14, and the piece made it to The New York Times. While studying medicine, Michael started writing under the pseudonyms as John Lange and Jeffrey Hudson.
Before his demise in 2008, his net worth was approx. 400 million dollars. He won the 1968 Edgar Allan Poe Award for his mystery novel “A Case of Need.”
He wrote “Andromeda Strain” under his name, which became a huge success. He wrote many successful novels, which led him to pursue writing full-time.
In 1990, Crichton published the science-fiction thriller Jurassic Park, a massive success, and even wrote the screenplay for film adaption in 1993. He wrote other screenplays in several films as well.
8. John Grisham
Born on 8 February 1955, before becoming a famous writer, John worked as an attorney and politician. He is well known for stories about thrillers, crimes, and mystery.
John took three years to write his first novel – ‘A Time to Kill‘ after being inspired by a trial in 1984. His next novel- ‘The Firm‘ got on The New York Times bestseller list within a week after publishing and was also adapted into a movie.
He gave up his law practice and left politics in 1990, and moved to Oxford, Mississippi. Being his net worth approx. 400 million dollars, he still continues to publish his work such as ‘Bleachers,‘ ‘The Litigators,’ ‘The Appeal,’ etc.
7. Stephen King
Stephen Edwin King is an American novelist and is prominent for his work in the horror and fantasy genres. He was born on 21 September 1947, and his net worth is approx. 500 million dollars.
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and later worked as a teacher to support himself while writing short stories. His first published horror genre novel, Carrie, became an immediate success, though he published his novel under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.
His famous works include:
- The Shining(1977),
- IT(1986), etc.
The Shawshank Redemption(1994), one of the most popular movies rated as #1, is based on King’s 1982 novel Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.
6. Paulo Coelho
Born on 24 August 1947, he is an excellent writer and has written many great and famous novels.
He had a keen interest in becoming a writer from his childhood days. However, his parents sent him to a psychiatric hospital because of his rebellious behavior as an adolescent.
When he was 38 years old, he took a journey to Spain, where he had a renewed interest in Catholicism, and this led to the writing of his first book, The Pilgrimage, an autobiography of the trek.
He became famous after publishing the second book in 1987, The Alchemist. Paulo holds the Guinness World Record for having the most translated book in the world by any living author. His net worth is approx. 500 million dollars and continues to write excellent novels.
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5. Matt Groening
He was born on 15 February 1954, and his net worth is approx. 600 million dollars. Matt Groening is well-known for the most popular animated television series, The Simpsons, which in 2009 became the longest-running primetime television series of all time. In 1990, the series won more than 20 Emmy Awards.
His love for drawing cartoons started at an early age; after graduating in journalism, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career in writing. Initially, he struggled for stable employment; while working on a regular job, he wrote his own comic book.
He got a job at Los Angeles Reader and convinced them to publish his book titled “Life in Hell.”
He released a collection of strips followed by ‘Life in Hell’ – ‘Love is Hell,’ ‘Work is Hell,’ ‘Childhood is Hell’ and ‘Akbar and Jeff’s guide to Life.’
4. Candy Spelling
Carole Gene “Candy” Spelling was born on 20 September 1945 and is an American author, theater producer, and philanthropist. She is prominent for her work in Tattletales (1974), Entertainment Tonight (1981), and Selling Spelling Manor (2011).
She was married to an entertainment mogul Aaron Spelling, who passed away in 2006. She became more famous when her autobiography, Stories from Candyland, made it to the New York Times bestseller list in 2009.
She has published many novels over the years and is also involved in various philanthropic ventures. With her net worth approx. 600 million dollars, she became one of the richest and famous authors of all time.
3. Jim Davis
Born on 28 July 1945, James Robert “Jim” Davis is prominent for creating the famous comic strip Garfield. His net worth is approx. 800 million dollars, and he is the producer/executive producer of the TV show Garfield and Friends.
From childhood times, Jim loved to draw and would spend time drawing after finishing his chores. Before Garfield, Jim worked as an assistant to Tom Ryan’s comic strip, “Tumbleweeds” and “Mr. Potato Head.” He created his own comic strip, “Gnorm Gnat,” that ran for around five years.
In 1978, Garfield started syndication in 41 newspapers, and it was reinstated after Chicago Sun-Times canceled the strip. However, after reinstating, the strip became an immediate success and the fastest-selling comic strip in the world.
2. James Patterson
Prominent for his thrillers, mysteries, and suspense, James Patterson is one of the finest authors with a net worth of 800 million dollars.
He is well-known for the Alex Cross series and even writes science fiction and young adult romance novels. Patterson worked as an executive but left his job to continue in the field of writing.
James was born on 22 March 1947 and got recognized as a famous fiction novelist after publishing his first book, The Thomas Berryman Number, in 1976. He even won the Edgar Award, which is a top award for mystery genre writers.
He even got awarded the Guinness World Record for having the most books on the New York Times bestseller list.
1. J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling’s full name is Joanne Kathleen Rowling was born on 31 July 1965 and is the creator of the most popular seven-book Harry Potter series. Having a net worth of approx. 1 billion dollars, she has become one of the wealthiest authors to earn name and fame.
The series was adapted into a blockbuster film franchise and still continues to be a favorite among the viewers. In 1986, she graduated from the University of Exeter and moved to Portugal in the early 1990s to teach English.
She began working for Amnesty International in London where she started working on her first book of the Harry Potter series. It was in 1990, while she was traveling on a train from Manchester to London, that the idea of writing the book occurred to her.
Writing and carving stories for the target audience and catching their attention is not easy for everyone. Many famous authors are on the top list, but the above is the list of the top 10 richest authors in the world.