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Forbes’ 15 Highest Earning Authors List (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 14, 2012


James Patterson: $94 million

James Patterson: $94 million

Yesterday, Forbes released their annual list of the world’s highest earning authors.

Stephen King: $39 million

Stephen King: $39 million

Unsurprisingly, thriller kings James Patterson and Stephen King come in at numbers 1 and 2. Janet Evanovich came in third, with estimated earnings of $33 million, one of several women on the list this year.

Favorite YA/middlegrade series writers also made their list: Suzanne Collins (“The Hunger Games” series), Stephenie Meyer (“Twilight” series), JK Rowling (“Harry Potter” series), Jeff Kinney (“WImpy Kid” series) and Rick Riordan (“Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series).

Janet Evanovich: $33 million

Janet Evanovich: $33 million

The list is not precise, but rather based on computations done by the Forbes

John Grisham: $26 million

John Grisham: $26 million

 staff.According to Forbes, they get their numbers by “talk[ing] to authors, agents, publishers and other experts and review[ing] data including Nielsen BookScan sales figures.”

After all the “50 Shades of Grey” hubbub so far this year (including the book becoming the UK’s best-selling novel of all time), we wonder if E.L. James might be stealing the #1 spot for the next list. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait a whole year to find out!


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