Who would have thought writing a book a book could make a person a millionaire or in J. K Rowling’s case a billionaire. There are many authors who wrote best-selling books and earned millions but the list below has top 10 richest authors in the world:

J. K Rowling

J. K Rowling is the richest author in the world with a massive net worth of $1 billion ( approximately Rs.729 Crore). Her book ‘Harry Potter and Philosopher’s Stone’ was published in 1997. Initially it was rejected by publishers but after a year of publication the book became a bestseller worldwide. The successful novels were turned into box office hit movie series starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.

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James Patterson

James Patterson is the author of a thrilling series which features psychologist Alex Cross, ranks second in the list. He has net worth of $795 million (approximately Rs.579 Crore). Some of his bestsellers are ‘Spider’, Mary Mary’, and ‘Cross My Heart’ among many others.

Paulo Coehlo

Third in the list of top 10 richest authors in the world is Paulo Coehlo.His net worth is $512 million (approximately Rs.373 Crore). The author is best known for his novel, ‘ The Alchemist’. The novel sold over 65 million copies in more than 12 languages. Paulo Coehlo has written over 26 books. Some of his bestsellers are ‘Eleven Minutes’, ‘Brida’, ‘The Zahir’, and ‘The Witch of Portobello’.

Stephen King

Fourth in the top 10 richest authors in the world is Stephen King. He is the king of writing best horror novels. He has an estimated net worth of $400 million (approximately Rs.295 Crores). Stephen King has published 58 novels, along with 6 non-fiction books, and sold over 350 million copies of his books. His best works include, ‘Carrie’, ‘The Shining’, ‘It’ and ‘Shawshank Redemption’ among others. Most of his books have been adapted into films.

Nora Roberts

Fifth in the list is Nora Roberts. Her net worth is $400 million (approximately Rs.291 Crore). Nora Roberts books are mostly of the romance genre. Her bestsellers are ‘Naked in Death’, ‘The Awakening’, ‘Vision in White’ and ‘The Witness’. She is the author of more than 215 bestselling novels and has sold over 500 million copies of her books in more than 12 languages.

Danielle Steel

Sixth on the list is Danielle Steel. Her net worth is $366 million (approximately 266 Crores). She is best known for her romance novels and she has written over 179 books which include over 146 novels. More over 800 copies of her books where sold. Some of her bestsellers are, ‘His Bright Light’, ‘The GIft’, ‘Going Home’ and ‘Fine Things’.

John Grisham

Seventh on the list of top 10 richest authors in the world is John Grisham. His net worth is of $357 million (approximately Rs.263 Crore). He is best known for writing crime thrillers. His best works include ‘A Time To Kill’, ‘The Firm’, ‘The Pelican Brief’ and ‘A Time For Mercy’. He has sold over 275 million copies of his books worldwide.

Jeffery Archer

Eighth on the list of top 10 richest authors in the world is Jeffery Archer. The author’s net worth is $198 million (approximately Rs.144 Crore). Before he became an author Jeffery Archer was a politician but he had to resign due to a financial scandal that left him almost bankrupt. After a successful debut of his novel, ‘ Not A Penny More’ he went on to write other bestsellers like, ‘Nothing Ventured’, ‘Only Time Will Tell’, ‘Prison Diaries’ and many more.

Dean Koontz

Ninth on the list of top 10 richest authors in the world is Dean Koontz. He has a net worth of $185 million (approximately Rs.134 Crore).He his known for writing suspenseful thriller novels. His books also have themes of satire and science fiction. Koontz has published 105 novels, translated into 38 languages. Koontz’s bestselling books are ‘Watchers’, ‘Intensity’, ‘Phantoms’ and ‘Lightning’.

Dan Brown

Tenth on the list of top 10 richest authors in the world is Dan Brown. He has net worth of $165 million (approximately Rs.120 Crore). Dan Brown garnered fame after his novel ‘The Da Vinci Code’. His novels have themes of art, cryptography and conspiracies. He has sold over 200 million copies of his books worldwide. His bestseller include, ‘Angels and Demons’, ‘Origin’, and ‘Inferno’ among many others.