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The 51 Richest Authors in the World

Updated on July 5, 2016
The Wealthiest Authors in the World - and J.K. Rowling stands on the peak of this mountain as the first author in the world to have a net worth of more than a billion dollars
The Wealthiest Authors in the World - and J.K. Rowling stands on the peak of this mountain as the first author in the world to have a net worth of more than a billion dollars

Who are the Richest Authors in the World?

The Richest Authors in the World have redefined Entertainment through their Literature Success, and it is Through A Lot of these Authors that we Have Seen Some of the Greatest Movies and TV Shows Ever Made Possible.

A lot of the authors on this list are responsible for the stories behind a lot of the great movies and TV shows that we see on the big-screen/little-screen. These stories tend to be the better ones in a lot of cases, thusly they go on to be the bigger successes, and a couple that come to mind are The Harry Potter franchise (books written by J.K. Rowling) and The Marvel movies (comics written by Stan Lee).

The most successful authors will of course appear on this list, most of which will probably be nearer to the top given that it is those wider known and longest running career authors that tend to have earned the most money.

Although, there are a few on this list that may come as a surprise, perhaps not because they have made it onto this lists rankings but rather due to the shock of how much money they are worth.

It is always intriguing to see how much the wealthiest in a specific area of an industry are worth, and the authors are some of the most interesting, as it seems that authors are making a lot more than anyone could have ever imagined given that those people are unfamiliar with the financial earnings of these unique and profoundly imaginative individuals.

It's Show Time!

The top 51 richest authors in the world, listed from the richest to those wishing they were the richest.

No.1 - J.K. Rowling - $1 Billion

Novels: The Harry Potter series: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Short Stories: Harry Potter prequel

No.2 - Jim Davis (cartoonist) - $800 Million

Novels: Jim Davis's Garfield stories have gone on to become a franchise, including numerous TV series, films and video-games. Making this writer and cartoonist a fortune from a single series of characters that he created, and Garfield (character) being the star of the show.

Books: Garfield At Large: His First Book, Pet Force

No.3 - Candy Spelling - $600 Million

Candy Spelling among being a novelist is also a regular columnist for The Huffington Post (an online media site), Los Angeles Confidential, and

Books: Stories of Candyland (her autobiography) and Candy at Last (follow-up from Stories of Candyland)

No.4 - Paulo Coelho - $500 Million

Books: The Manifest of Krig-ha, Theatre for Education, Hell Archives, Practical Manual of Vampirism, The Pilgrimage, The Alchemist, Brida, The Supreme Gift, The Valkyries, Maktub, By the River Piedra I Sad Down and Wept, The Fifth Mountain, Love Letters from a Prophet, Manual of the Warrior of Light, Veronika Decides to Die, Essential Words, The Devil and Miss Prym, Fathers, Sons and Grandsons, Eleven Minutes, And on the Seventh Day, The Genie and the Roses, Journeys, Life, The Zahir, Revived Paths, Like the Flowing River, The Witch of Portobello, The Winner Stands Alone, Love, Aleph, Manuscript Found in Accra, Adultery, The Spy

No.5 - James Patterson - $430 Million

Novels: Alex Cross series: Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls, Jack and Jill, Cat and Mouse, Pop Goes the Weasel, Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, Four Blind Mice, The Big Bad Wolf, London Bridges, Mary, Mary, Cross, Double Cross, Cross Country, Alex Cross's Trial, I, Alex Cross, Cross Fire, Kill Alex Cross, Merry Christmas, Alex Cross, Alex Cross, Run, Cross My Heart, Hope to Die, Cross Justice, Cross the Line

Women's Murder Club series: 1st to Die, 2nd Chance, 3rd Degree, 4th of July, The 5th Horseman, The 6th Target, 7th Heaven, The 8th Confession, The 9th Judgement, 10th Anniversary, 11th Hour, 12th of Never, Unlucky 13, 14th Deadly Sin, 15th Affair

Michael Bennett series: Step on a Crack, Run for Your Life, Worst Case, Tick Tock, I, Michael Bennett, Gone, Burn, Alert

Private series: Private, Private London, Private #1 Suspect, Private Games, Private Berlin, Private L.A., Private Down Under, Private India: City on Fire, Private Vegas, Private Sydney, Private Paris, The Games (also known as Private Rio)

NYPD Red series: NYPD Red, NYPD Red 2, NYPD Red 3, NYPD Red 4

Novels (written for children and teens): Confessions series: Confessions of a Murder Suspect, Confessions: The Private School Murders, Confessions: The Paris Mysteries, Confessions: The Murder of an Angel

Daniel X series: The Dangerous Days of Daniel X, Watch the Skies, Demons and Druids, Game Over, Armageddon, Lights Out

House of Robots series: House of Robots, Robots Go Wild!

I Funny series: I Funny, I Even Funnier: A Middle School Story, I Totally Funniest: A Middle School Story, I Funny TV: A Middle School Story

Jacky Ha-Ha series: Jacky Ha-Ha

Maximum Ride series: Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment, School's Out-Forever, Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports, The Final Warning: A Maximum Ride Novel, Max: A Maximum Ride Novel, Fang: A Maximum Ride Novel, Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel, Nevermore: A Maximum Ride Novel, Maximum Ride Forever

Middle School series: Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life, Get Me out of Here!, My Brother is a Big, Fat Liar, How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill, Ultimate Showdown, How I Got Lost in London, Save Rafe!, Just My Rotten Luck, From Hero to Zero

Treasure Hunters series: Treasure Hunters, Danger Down the Nile, Secret of the Forbidden City, Peril at the Top of the World

Witch and Wizard series: Witch and Wizard, The Gift, The Fire, The Kiss, The Lost

Other (children and teen) Novels: Med Head: My Knock-Down, Drag-Out, Drugged-Up Battle with My Brain

Other Novels: The Thomas Berryman Number, Season of the Machete, See How They Run, Virgin, Black Market, The Midnight Club: A Novel, Hide and Seek, Miracle on the 17th Green: A Novel, Cradle and All, Black Friday, Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, The Beach House: A Novel, The Jester: A Novel, Sam's Letters to Jennifer, Honeymoon: A Novel, Lifeguard: A Novel, Beach Road: A Novel, Judge and Jury, The Quickie: A Novel, You've Been Warned: A Novel, Sundays at Tiffany's: A Novel, Sail: A Novel, Swimsuit: A Novel, The Postcard Killers: A Novel, Don't Blink: A Novel, Bloody Valentine, Toys: A Novel, Now You See Her: A Novel, Kill Me If You Can: A Novel, The Christmas Wedding: A Novel, Guilty Wives: A Novel, Zoo, Second Honeymoon, Mistress, Invisible, Truth or Die, The Murder House

Non-Fiction Books: The Day America Told the Truth: What People Really Believe about Everything That Really Matters, The Second American Revolution, Against Medical Advice: A True Story, The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King: A Nonfiction Thriller, Humans, Bow Down

No.6 - Stephen King - $400 Million

Novels: Carrie, 'Salem's Lot, The Shining, Rage, The Stand, The Long Walk, The Dead Zone, Firestarter, Roadwork, Cujo, The Running Man, The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, Christine, Pet Sematary, Cycle of the Werewolf, The Talisman, Thinner, It, The Eyes of the Dragon, The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three, Misery, The Tommyknockers, The Dark Half, The Dark Towers III: The Waste Lands, Needful Things, Gerald's Game, Dolores Claiborne, Insomnia, Rose Madder, The Green Mile, Desperation, The Regulators, The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass, Bag of Bones, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Dreamcatcher, Black House, From a Buick 8, Dark Towers V: Wolves of the Calla, The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah, The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower, The Colorado Kid, Cell, Lisey's Story, Blaze, Duma Key, Under the Dome, 11/22/63, The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole, Joyland, Doctor Sleep, Mr. Mercedes, Revival, Finders Keepers, End of Watch, Sleeping Beauties

Non-Fiction Books: Danse Macabre, Nightmares in the Sky, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Secret Windows: Essays and Fiction on the Craft of Writing, Faithful

No.7 - Danielle Steel - $385 Million

Novels: Going Home, Passions Promise (UK) / Golden Moments (UK), Now and Forever, The Promise, Season of Passion, Summer's End, The Ring, Palomino, To Love Again, Remembrance, Loving, Once in a Lifetime, Crossings, A Perfect Stranger, Thurston House, Changes, Full Circle, Family Album, Secrets, Wanderlust, Fine Things, Kaleidoscope, Zoya, Star, Daddy, Message From Nam, Heartbeat, No Greater Love, Jewels, Mixed Blessings, Vanished, Accident, The Gift, Wings, Lightning, Five Days In Paris, Malice, Silent Honour, The Ranch, Special Delivery, The Ghost, The Long Road Home, The Klone and I, His Bright Light, Mirror Image, Bittersweet, Granny Dan, Irresistible Forces, The Wedding, The House On Hope Street, Journey, Lone Eagle, Leap Of Faith, The Kiss, The Cottage, Sunset in St. Tropez, Answered Prayers, Dating Game, Johnny Angel, Safe Harbour, Ransom, Second Chance, Echoes, Impossible, Miracle, Toxic Bachelors, The House, Coming Out, H.R.H., Sisters, Bungalow 2, Amazing Grace, Honour Thyself, Rogue, A Good Woman, One Day at a Time, Matters of The Heart, Southern Lights, Big Girl, Family Ties, Legacy, 44 Charles Street, Happy Birthday, Hotel Vendome, Betrayal, Friends Forever, The Sins of the Mother, A Gift of Hope, Until the End of Time, First Sight, Winners, Power Play, A Perfect Life, Pegasus, Prodigal Son, Country, Undercover, Precious Gifts, Blue, Property of a Noble Woman, The Apartment, Magic, Rushing Waters, The Award

Non-Fiction: Love: Poems, Having a Baby, His Bright Light, A Gift of Hope: Helping the Homeless, Pure Joy: The Dogs We Love

Picture Books: The Happiest Hippo in the World, Pretty Minnie in Paris, Pretty Minnie in Hollywood

Children's Books: Max & Martha series: Martha's New Daddy, Max and the Babysitter, Martha's Best Friend, Max's Daddy Goes to the Hospital, Max's New Baby, Martha's New School, Max Runs Away, Martha's New Puppy, Max and Grandma and Grandpa Winky, Martha and Hilary and the Stranger

Freddie series: Freddie's Trip, Freddie's First Night Away, Freddie and the Doctor, Freddie's Accident

No.8 - Nora Roberts - $350 Million

Novels: Irish Thoroughbred, Blithe Images, Heart's Victory, Island of Flowers, Melodies of Love, Search for Love, Song of the West, From This Day, Her Mother's Keeper, Once More with Feeling, Reflections, Reflections & Dreams or the Davidov series (1 of 2), Dance of Dreams, Reflections & Dreams or the Davidov series (2 of 2), The Magic Moment, Tonight and Always, Untamed, Endings and Beginnings, First Impressions, The Law is a Lady, Less of a Stranger, A Matter of Choice, Opposites Attract, Promise Me Tomorrow, Rules of the Game, Storm Warning, Sullivan's Woman, Boundary Lines, Dual Image, Night Moves, Partners, Playing the Odds, The MacGregors (1 of 9), Tempting Fate, The MacGregors (2 of 9), All the Possibilities, The MacGregors (3 of 9), Once Man's Art, The MacGregors (4 of 9), The Right Path, Summer Desserts, Great Chefs (1 of 2), Affair Royale, Cordina's Royal Family (1 of 4), The Art of Deception, Home for Christmas, Lessons Learned, Great Chefs (2 of 2), Second Nature, Celebrity Magazine (2 of 2), Treasures Lost, Treasures Found, A Will and a Way, Command Performance, Cordina's Royal Family (2 of 4), For Now, Forever, The MacGregors (5 of 9), Hot Ice, Bantam, Mind Over Matter, The Playboy Prince, Cordina's Royal Family (3 of 4), Sacred Sins, Sacred Sins (1 of 2), Temptation, Brazen Virtue, Sacred Sins (2 of 2), Irish Rose, Irish Hearts (2 of 3), The Last Honest Woman, The O'Hurleys (1 of 4), Dance to the Piper, The O'Hurleys (2 of 4), Skin Deep, The O'Hurleys (3 of 4), Local Hero, Name of the Game, Rebellion, The MacGregors (addition to the series), Loving Jack, Loving Jack (1 of 3), Best Laid Plans, Loving Jack (2 of 3), Gabriel's Angel, Impulse, Lawless, Loving Jack (3 of 3), Sweet Revenge, Bantam, Time Was, Time and Again or the Hornblower Bros. (1 of 2), The Welcoming, In From the Cold, Public Secrets, Bantam, Taming Natasha, The Stanislaskis or Those Wild Ukranians (1 of 6), Times Change, Time and Again or The Hornblower Bros. (2 of 2) Without a Trace, The O'Hurleys (4 of 4), Courting Catherine, The Colhoun Women (1 of 5), A Man for Amanda, The Colhoun Women (2 of 5), For the Love of Lilah, The Colhoun Women (3 of 5), Genuine Lies, Bantam, Luring a Lady, The Stanislaskis or Those Wild Ukrainians (2 of 6), Night Shift, Night Tales (2 of 5), Suzanna's Surrender, The Colhoun Women (4 of 5), Captivated, The Donovan Legacy (1 of 4), Entranced, The Donovan Legacy (2 of 4), Carnal Innocence, Bantam, Charmed, The Donovan Legacy (3 of 4), Devine Evil, Bantam, Honest Illusions, Putnam, Unfinished Business, Cordina's Crown Jewels, Cordina's Royal Family (4 of 4), Falling for Rachel, The Stanislaskis or Those Wild Ukrainians (3 of 6), Nightshade, Night Tales (3 of 5), Private Scandals, Putnam, All I Want for Christmas, The Best Mistake, Born in Fire, The Concannon sisters or Born in Trilogy (1 of 3), Convincing Alex, The Stanislaskis or Those Wild Ukrainians (4 of 6), Hidden Riches, Putnam, Night Smoke, Night Tales (4 of 5), Born in Ice, The Concannon Sisters or Born in Trilogy (2 of 3), Naked in Death, In Death 1, Berkley, Glory in Death, In Death 2, Berkley, The Return of Rafe MacKade, The MacKade Brothers (1 of 4), The Pride of Jared MacKade, The Mackade Brothers (2 of 4), True Betrayals, Born in Shame, The Concannon Sisters or Born in Trilogy (3 of 3), Daring to Dream, Dream or Templeton House (1 of 3), The Heart of Devin MacKade, The MacKade Brothers (3 of 4), The Fall of Shane MacKade, The MacKade Brothers (4 of 4), Immortal in Death, In Death 3, Berkley, Megan's Mate, The Calhoun Women (5 of 5), Montana Sky, Putnam, Rapture in Death, In Death 4, Berkley, Hidden Star, Stars of Mithra (1 of 3), Captive Star, Stars of Mithra (2 of 3), Ceremony in Death, In Death 5, Berkley, Holding the Dream, Dream or Templeton House (2 of 3), Finding the Dream, Dream or Templeton House (3 of 3), The MacGregor Brides, The MacGregors (6 of 9), Sanctuary, Putnam, Vengeance in Death, In Death 6, Berkley, Waiting for Nick, The Stanislaskis or Those Wild Ukrainians (5 of 6), Holiday in Death, In Death 7, Berkley, Homeport, Putnam, The MacGregor Grooms, The MacGregors (8 of 9), Midnight in Death (novella, from Silent Night anthology), In Death 7.5, The Reef, Putnam, Rising Tides, Chesapeake Bay or Quinn Bros. (2 of 4), Sea Swept, Chesapeake Bay or Quinn Bros. (1 of 4), Secret Star, Stars of Mithra (3 of 3), The Winning Hand, The MacGregors (7 of 9), Conspiracy in Death, In Death 8, Berkley, Enchanted, The Donovan Legacy (4 of 4), Inner Harbour, Chesapeake Bay or Quinn Bros. (3 of 4), Jewels of the Sun, Irish Trilogy or Gallaghers of Ardmore (1 of 3), Loyalty in Death, In Death 9, Berkley, The Perfect Neighbour, The MacGregors (9 of 9), River's End, Putnam, Carolina Moon, Putnam, Christmas in Ardmore (short story), Irish Trilogy or Gallaghers of Ardmore (addition to series), Christmas with the Quinns (short story), Irish Trilogy or Gallaghers of Ardmore (addition to series), Heart of the Sea, Irish Trilogy or Gallaghers of Ardmore (3 of 3), Irish Rebel, Irish Hearts (3 of 3), Judgement in Death, In Death 11, Berkley, Night Shield, Night Tales (5 of 5), Tears of the Moon, Irish Trilogy or Gallaghers of Ardmore (2 of 3), Witness in Death, In Death 10, Berkley, Betrayal in Death, In Death 12, Berkley, Chapter 2 (novella, from Naked Came the Phoenix anthology), St. Martin's Minotaur, Considering Kate, The Stanislaskis or Those Wild Ukrainians (6 of 6), Dance Upon the Air, The Sisters Island (1 of 3), Heaven and Earth, The Sisters Island (2 of 3), Interlude in Death (novella, from Out of this World anthology), Midnight Bayou, Putnam, Seduction in Death, In Death 13, Berkley, The Villa, Winter Rose (novella, from Once Upon a Rose anthology), Once Upon novellas (4 of 6), Chesapeake Blue, Chesapeake Bay or Quinn Bros. (4 of 4), Putnam, Cordina's Crown Jewel (1992), Cordina's Royal Family (4 of 4), Face the Fire, Three Sisters Island (3 of 3), Purity in Death, In Death 15, Berkley, Reunion in Death, In Death 14, Berkley, Three Fates, Putnam, A World Apart (novella, from Once Upon a Kiss anthology), Once Upon novellas (5 of 6), Birthright, Putnam, Imitation in Death, In Death 17, Berkley, Key of Knowledge, Key Trilogy (2 of 3), Key of Light, Key Trilogy (1 of 3), Portrait in Death, In Death 16, Berkley, Remember When, in Death 17.5, Putnam, The Witching Hour (novella, from Once Upon a Midnight anthology), Once Upon novellas (6 of 6), Blue Dahlia, In the Garden (1 of 3), Divided in Death, in Death 18, Putnam, Key of Valour, Key Trilogy (3 of 3), Northern Lights, Putnam, Visions in Death, In Death 19, Putnam, Wolf Moon (novella, from Moon Shadows anthology), Black Rose, In the Garden (2 of 3), Blue Smoke, Putnam, Origin in Death, In Death 21, Berkley, Red Lily, In the Garden (3 of 3), Spellbound (1988), Once Upon novellas (1 of 6), Survivor in Death, In Death 20, Berkley, Angels Fall, Haunted in Death (short story, from Bump in the Night anthology), In Death 22.5, Born in Death, In Death 23, Berkley, Dance of the Gods, The Circle Trilogy (2 of 3), Memory in Death, In Death 22, Berkley, Morrigan's Cross, The Circle Trilogy (1 of 3), Valley of Silence, The Circle Trilogy (3 of 3), Innocent in Death, In Death 24, Berkley, Blood Brothers, Sign of Seven Trilogy (1 of 3), Creation in Death, In Death 25, Berkley, Eternity in Death (short story, from Dead of Night anthology), In Death 24.5, High Noon, Putnam, The Hollow, Sign of Seven Trilogy (2 of 3), The Pagan Stone, Sign of Seven Trilogy (3 of 3), Ritual in Death (short story, from suite 606), In Death 27.5, Berkley, Salvation in Death, In Death 27, Putnam Adult, Strangers in Death, In Death 26, Putnam Adult, Tribute, Putnam Adult, Bed of Roses, The Bride Quartet (2 of 4), Berkley Trade, Black Hills, Putnam Adult, Missing in Death (short story, in The Lost anthology book), In Death 29.5, Promises in Death, In Death 28, Putnam Adult, Vision in White, The Bride Quartet (1 of 4), Berkley Trade, Fantasy in Death, In Death 30, Putnam Adult, Savour the Moment, The Bride Quartet (3 of 4), The Search, Putnam Adult, Possession in Death (short story in The Other Side book), In Death 31.5, Happy Ever After, The Bride Quartet (4 of 4), Treachery in Death, In Death 32, Chasing Fire, Putnam Adult, New York to Dallas, In Death 33, Putnam Adult, Chaos in Death (short story in The Unquiet Book), In Death 33.5, The Next Always, Inn Boonsboro Trilogy (1 of 3), Berkley Trade, Celebrity in Death, In Death 34, Putnam Adult, The Last Boyfriend, In Boonsboro Trilogy (2 of 3), Delusion in Death, In Death 35, Putnam Adult, The Perfect Hope, Inn Boonsboro Trilogy (3 of 3), Calculated in Death, In Death 36, Putnam Adult, Whiskey Beach, Putnam Adult, Thankless in Death, In Death 37, Putnam Adult, Taken in Death (short story in Mirror, Mirror book), In Death 37.5, Dark Witch, Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy (1 of 3), Concealed in Death, In Death 38, Putnam Adult, Shadow Spell, Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy (2 of 3), The Collector, Putnam Adult, Blood Magick, Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy (3 of 3), Festive in Death, In Death 39, Putnam Adult, Obsession in Death, In Death 40, Putnam Adult, The Liar, Putnam Adult, Devoted in Death, In Death 41, Putnam Adult, Stars of Fortune, Guardians Trilogy (1 of 3), Putnam Adult, Brotherhood in Death, In Death 42, Putnam Adult, The Obsession, Putnam Adult, Bay of Sighs, Guardians Trilogy (2 of 3), Putnam Adult, Apprentice in Death, In Death 43, Putnam Adult, Island of Glass, Guardians Trilogy (3 of 3)

No.9 - Barbara Taylor bradford - $300 Million

Novels: The Emma Harte Saga: A Woman of Substance, Hold the Dream, To Be the Best, Emma's Secret, Unexpected Blessings, Just Rewards, Breaking the Rules

The Ravenscar Trilogy: The Ravenscar Dynasty, Heirs of Ravenscar, Being Elizabeth

Other Novels: Act of Will, The Woman in His Life, Remember, Angel, Voice of the Heart, Everything to Gain, Dangerous to Know, Love in Another Town, Her Own Rules, A Secret Affair, Power of a Woman, A Sudden Change of Heart, Where You Belong, The Triumph of Katie Byrne, Three Weeks in Paris, Playing the Game, Letter From a Stranger, Secrets From the Past, Hidden, Cavendon Hall, Treacherous, The Cavendon Woman, The Cavendon Luck

Non-Fiction Books: A Garland of Children's Verse, The Dictionary of 1001 Famous People: Outstanding Personages In the World of Science, the Arts, Music and Literature, Etiquette to Please Him, Bradford's Living Romantically Every Day, The Complete Encyclopaedia of Homemaking Ideas, Easy Steps to Successful Decorating, How to Solve Your Decorating Problems, Making Space Grow, Luxury Designs for Apartment Living, Children's Stories of Jesus from the New Testament, Children's Stories of the Bible from the Old Testament, Children's Stories from the Old and New Testaments

No.10 - Pleasant Rowland - $300 Million

Novels/Books: Adventures of the Superkids, Our New Baby, More Adventures of the Superkids, The Dictopedia: Student Text, The Abracadtlas, The Dictopedia. Skills Book, The Abracadtlas: Student Text, The Dictopedia: Teacher's Guide

No.11 - Tom Clancy - $300 Million

Novels: Jack Ryan/John Clark universe chronology: Without Remorse, Patriot Games, Red Rabbit, The Hunt for Red October, The Cardinal of the Kremlin, Clear and Present Danger, The Sum of all Fears, Debt of Honour, Executive Orders, Rainbow Six, The Bear and the Dragon, The Teeth of the Tiger, Dead or Alive, Locked On, Threat Vector, Command Authority, Support and Defend, Full Force and Effect, Under Fire, Command in Chief, Duty and Honour

Other Novels: Red Storm Rising, SSN, Against All Enemies

No.12 - Olivia Harrison - $275 Million

Novels/Books: George Harrison: Living in the Material World, Concert for George: A Celebration of the Life of George Harrison, When We Was Fab

No.13 - John Grisham - $220 Million

Novels: A Time to Kill, The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, The Broker, Playing for Pizza, The Appeal, The Associate, Ford County, The Confession, The Litigators, Calico Joe, The Racketeer, Sycamore Row, Gray Mountain, Rogue Lawyer, The Whistler

Short Stories: Ford County, The Tumour, Partners

Non-Fiction: The Wavedancer Benefit: A Tribute to Frank Muller, The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town, Don't Quit Your Day Job: Acclaimed Authors and the Day Jobs they Quit

No.14 - Allison DuBois - $200 Million

Books: Don't Kiss Them Good-Bye, We Are Their Heaven: Why the Dead Never Leave Us, Secrets of the Monarch: How the Dead Can Teach Us About Living a Better Life, Talk To Me - What the Dead Whisper in Your Ear

No.15 - Jeffrey Archer - $200 Million

Novels: Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less,

Kane and Abel series: Kane and Abel, The Prodigal Daughter, Shall We Tell the President?

Clifton Chronicles: Only Time Will Tell, The Sins of the Father, Best Kept Secret, Be Careful What You Wish For, Mightier Than the Sword, Cometh the Hour, This Was a Man

Other Novels: Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, Shall We Tell the president?, First Among Equals, A Matter of Honour, As the Crow Flies, Honour Among Thieves, The Fourth Estate, The Eleventh Commandment, Sons of Fortune, False Impression, The Gospel According to Judas, A Prisoner of Birth, Paths of Glory, Heads You Win

Short Stories: A Quiver Full of Arrows, A Twist in the Tale, Fools, Knaves and Heroes: Great Political Short Stories Editor, Introduction., Twelve Red Herrings, The Collected Short Stories, To Cut a Long Story Short, Cat O'Nine Tales, And Thereby Hangs a Tale, The New Collected Short Stories

Plays: Beyond Reasonable Doubt, Exclusive, The Accused

Prison Diaries (Non-Fiction): Hell - Belmarsh, Purgatory - Wayland, Heaven - North Sea Camp

Children Books: The First Miracle, By Royal Appointment, Willy Visits the Square World, Willy and the Killer Kipper

No.16 - R.L. Stine - $200 Million

Novels: Space Cadets series, Goosebumps series 2000, Give Yourself Goosebumps series,Street series, New Fear Street series, Fear Street Super Chiller series, Cheerleaders series, The Fear Street Saga Trilogy, 99 Fear Street: The House of Evil series, Cataluna Chronicles Street series, New Fear Street series, Fear Street Super Chiller series, Cheerleaders series, The Fear Street Saga Trilogy, 99 Fear Street: The House of Evil series, Cataluna Chronicles series, Fear Park series, Fear Streets Sagas series, Fear Street Seniors series, Fear Street Nights series, Ghosts of Fear Street series, Mostly Ghostly series, Rotten School series, The Nightmare Room series, The Nightmare Room Thrillogy series, Goosebumps HorrorLand series, Goosebumps Most Wanted series, Hark (books, 1 and 2), Dangerous Girls (books, 1 and 2)

Other Novels: The Adventures of Shrinkman, The Beast, The Beast 2, Curtains, Eye Candy, It's the First Day of School...Forever!, A Midsummer Night's Scream, Phone Calls, Red Rain, The Sitter, Superstitious, Three Faces of Me, When Good Ghouls Go Bad, Zombie Townseries, Fear Park series, Fear Streets Sagas series, Fear Street Seniors series, Fear Street Nights series, Ghosts of Fear Street series, Mostly Ghostly series, Rotten School series, The Nightmare Room series, The Nightmare Room Thrillogy series, Goosebumps HorrorLand series, Goosebumps Most Wanted series, Hark (books, 1 and 2), Dangerous Girls (books, 1 and 2)

Other Novels: The Adventures of Shrinkman, The Beast, The Beast 2, Curtains, Eye Candy, It's the First Day of School...Forever!, A Midsummer Night's Scream, Phone Calls, Red Rain, The Sitter, Superstitious, Three Faces of Me, When Good Ghouls Go Bad, Zombie Town

No.17 - Jackie Collins - $180 Million

Novels: Hollywood series: Hollywood Wives, Hollywood Husbands, Hollywood Kids, Hollywood Wives: The New Generation, Hollywood Divorces

Santangelo Novels: Chances, Lucky, Lady Boss, Vendetta: Lucky's Revenge, Dangerous Kiss, Drop Dead Beautiful, Goddess of Vengeance, Confessions of a Wild Child, The Santangelos

Madison Castelli series: L.A. Connections, Power, Obsession, Murder, Revenge, Lethal Seduction, Deadly Embrace

Other Novels: The World Is Full of Married Men, The Stud, Sunday Simmons & Charlie Brick, Lovehead, The World Is Full of Divorced Women, Lovers and Gamblers, The Bitch, Rock Star, American Star, Thrill!, Lovers & Players, Married Lovers, Poor Little Bitch Girl, The Power Trip

Other Books: The Lucky Santangelo Cookbook

No.18 - Michael Crichton - $175 Million

Novels: Odds On, Scratch One, Easy Go, A Case of Need, Zero Cool, The Andromeda Strain, The Venom Business, Drug of Choice, Dealing, Grave Descend, Binary, The Terminal Man, The Great Train Robbery, Eaters of the Dead, Congo, Sphere, Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure, The Lost World, Airframe, Timeline, Prey, State of Fear, Next, Pirate Latitudes, Micro.

No.19 - David Oyedepo - $150 Million

Novels/Books: Pillars of Destiny, Signs and Wonders Today, Anointing for Exploits, Understanding Financial Prosperity, The Healing Balm, The Force of Freedom, Walking in the Newness of Life, Exploits in Ministry, The Unlimited Power of Faith, Winning Prayer, Success Strategies, Breaking Financial Hardship, In Pursuit of Vision, Understanding Divine Direction, The Winning Wisdom, Understanding the Power of Praise, Releasing the Supernatural, Walking in the Miraculous, Anointing for Breakthrough, Understanding Vision, Towards Excellence in Life and Ministry, Success Systems, Understanding the Anointing, Exploits of Faith, The Blood Triumph, Satan Get Lost

No.20 - Dean Koontz - $145 Million

Novels: Black Cat Mysteries/Mike Tucker series: Blood Risk, Surrounded, The Wall of Masks

Moonlight Bay series: Fear Nothing, Seize the Night, Ride the Storm

Odd Thomas series: Odd Thomas, Forever Odd, Brother Odd, Odd Hours, Odd Interlude, Odd Apocalypse, Deeply Odd, Odd Thomas: You Are Destined to Be Together Forever, Saint Odd, In Odd We Trust, Odd Is On Our Side, House of Odd

Frankenstein series: Prodigal Son, City of Night, Dead and Alive, Lost Souls, The Dead Town

Ivy Elgin Trilogy: The Silent Corner

Other Novels: Star Quest, Fear That Man, The Fall of the Dream Machine, The Dark Symphony, Hell's Gate, Soft Come the Dragons, Dark of the Woods, Beastchild, Anti-Man, Demon Child, The Crimson Witch, Legacy of Terror, Warlock, Time Thieves, Starblood, The Flesh in the Furnace, A Darkness in My Soul, Chase, Children of the Storm, Dance with the Devil, The Dark of Summer, The Haunted Earth, Demon Seed, A Werewolf Among Us, Shattered, Hanging On, Strike Deep, After the Last Race, Nightmare Journey, The Long Sleep, Dragonfly, Invasion, Prison of Ice, Night Chills, The Face of Fear, The Vision, The Key to Midnight, The Funhouse, Whispers, The Voice of the Night, The Eyes of Darkness, The Mask, The House of Thunder, Phantoms, Darkfall, Twilight, Twilight Eyes, The Door to December, Strangers, Watchers, Shadow Fires, Lightning, Oddkins: A Fable for All Ages, Midnight, The Bad Place, Cold Fire, Hideaway, Dragon Tears, Mr. Murder, Winter Moon, Dark Rivers of the Heart, Icebound, Strange Highways, Intensity, Ticktock, Sole Survivor, False Memory, From the Corner of His Eyes, One Door Away from Heaven, By the Light of the Moon, The Face, The Taking, Life Expectancy, Velocity, The Husband, The Good Guy, The Darkest Evening of the Year, Your Heart Belongs to Me, Relentless, Breathless, Darkness Under the Sun, What the Night Knows, The Moonlit Mind, 77 Shadow Street, Wilderness, Innocence, The Neighbour, The City, Last Light, Final Hour, Ashley Bell, Mystic Hills, Joanna Moon

No.21 - Dan Brown - $140 Million

Novels: Robert Langdon series: Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, Inferno

Other Novels: Digital Fortress, Deception Point

No.22 - Richard Dawkins - $130 Million

Books: The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, River Out of Eden, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, A Devil's Chaplain, The Ancestor's Tale, The God Delusion, The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True, An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist, Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science

No.23 - Stephanie Meyer - $125 Million

Novels: Twilight series: Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn

Other Novels: The Host

No.24 - Janet Evanovich - $120 Million

Novels: Stephanie Plum series: Turbo Twenty-Three, Tricky Twenty-Two, Top Secret Twenty-One, Takedown Twenty, Notorious Nineteen, Explosive Eighteen, Smokin' Seventeen, Sizzling Sixteen, Finger lickin' Fifteen, Plum Spooky, Fearless Fourteen, Plum Lucky, Lean Mean Thirteen, Plum Lovin', Twelve Sharp, Eleven on Top, Ten Big Ones, To the Nines, Visions of Sugar Plums, Hard Eight, Seven Up, Hot Six, High Five, Four to Score, Three to Get Deadly, Two for the Dough, One for the Money

Fox & O'Hare series: The Pursuit, The Scam, The Caper, The Job, The Shell Game, The Chase, The Heist, Pros and Cons, Lizzy & Diesel series: Wicked Charms, Wicked Business, Wicked Appetite

Knight & Moon series: Curious Minds

Barnaby & Hooker series: Trouble Maker, Metro Girl, Motor Mouth

Romance Novels: Naughty Neighbour, The Rocky Road to Romance, Wife, Smitten, Back to the Bedroom, Love Overboard, Foul Play, Manhunt, Thanksgiving, The Grand Finale, Hero at Large

Other Books: The Plot Thickens, Three Plums in One, More Plums in One, Between the Plums, How I Write

No.25 - Mary Higgins - $110 Million

Novels: Aspire to the Heavens, Where Are the Children?, A Stranger is Watching, The Cradle Will Fall, A Cry in the Night, Stillwatch, Weep No More, My Lady, While My Pretty One Sleeps, The Anastasia Syndrome and Other Stories, Voices in the Coal Bin, Loves Music, Loves to Dance, All Around the Town, I'll Be Seeing You, Death on the Cape and Other Stories, Milk Run and Stowaway, Remember Me, The Lottery Winner and Other Stories, Let Me Call You Sweetheart, Silent Night, Moonlight Becomes You, My Gal Sunday: Henry and Sunday Stories, Pretend You Don't See Her, You Belong to Me, All Through The Night, We'll Meet Again, Before I Say Good-Bye, Deck the Halls, On The Street Where You Live, He Sees You When You're Sleeping, Daddy's Little Girl, The Second Time Around, Nighttime Is My Time, The Christmas Thief, No Place Like Home, Two Little Girls In Blue, Santa Cruise, Ghost Ship: A Cape Cod Story, I Heard That Song Before, Where Are You Now?, Dashing Through the Snow, Just Take My Heart, The Shadow of Your Smile, I'll Walk Alone, The Magical Christmas Horse, The Lost Years, Daddy's Gone a Hunting, I've Got You Under My Skin, The Cinderella Murder, The Melody Lingers On, All Dressed in White, As Time Goes By

Non-Fiction Books: Kitchen Privileges, A Memoir

No.26 - Bill Watterson - $100 Million

Comic Strip: Calvin and Hobbes

No.27 - Grant Cardone - $100 Million

Books: Sell to Survive, The Closer's Survival Guide, If You're Not First, You're Last, The 10X Rule, Sell or be Sold

No.28 - Jemima Khan - $100 Million

Books: N/A

No.29 - Paul Mckenna - $100 Million

Books: Hypnotic Gastric Band, I Can Make You Smarter, I Can Make You Happy, Change Your Life in Seven Days, I Can Make You Confident, I Can Make You Sleep, I Can Make You Rich, Quit Smoking Today Without Gaining Weight, Instant Confidence, I Can Make You Thin, How to Mend Your Broken Heart, The Power to Influence, The Paranormal World of Paul McKenna, Paul McKenna's Hypnotic Secrets, The Hypnotic World of Paul McKenna

No.30 - Bill O'Reilly - $85 Million

Books: Those Who Trespass, The O'Reilly Factor: The Good, the Bad, and the Completely Ridiculous in American Life, The No Spin Zone, Who's Looking Out For You?, The O'Reilly Factor For Kids: A Survival Guide for America's Families, Culture Warrior, Kids Are Americans Too, A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity: A Memoir, Pinheads and Patriots, Factor Words, Killing Lincoln, Lincoln's Last Days: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever, Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot, Kennedy's Last Days: The Assassination That Defined a Generation, Keep it Pithy: Useful Observations in a Tough World, Killing Jesus: A History, The Last Days of Jesus: His Life and Times, Killing Paton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General, Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Real West, Hitler's Last Days: The Death of the Nazi Regime and the World's Most Notorious Dictator, Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency, The Day the President Was Shot

No.31 - Clive Cussler - $80 Million

Novels: Adventure Book series: Havana Storm, Mediterranean Caper, Poseidon's Arrow, Crescent Dawn, Arctic Drift, Treasure of Khan, Black Wind, Trojan Odyssey, Valhalla Rising, Atlantis Found, Flood Tide, Shock Wave, Inca Gold, Sahara, Dragon, Treasure, Cyclops, Deep Six, Pacific Vortex, Night Probe, Vixen03, Raise the Titanic, Iceberg

The Numa Files (Adventure series continued): The Pharaoh's Secret, Ghost Ship, Zero Hour, The Storm, Devil's Gate, Medusa, The Navigator, Polar Shift, Lost City, White Death, Fire Ice, Blue Gold, Serpent

The Oregon Files (Adventure series continued): The Emperor's Revenge, Piranha, Mirage, The Jungle, The Silent Sea, Corsair, Plague Ship, Skeleton Coast, Dark Watch, Sacred Stone, Golden Buddha

Isaac Bell (Adventure series continued): The Gangster, The Assassin, The Bootlegger, The Striker, The Thief, The Race, The Spy, The Wrecker, The Chase

Fargo Adventures (Adventure series continued): The Solomon Curse, Eye of Heaven, The Mayan Secrets, The Tombs, The Kingdom, Lost Empire, Spartan Gold

Children Stories: The Adventures of Hotsy Totsy, The Adventures of Vin Fiz

Non-Fiction: Built for Adventure, The Sea Hunters II, Dirk Pitt Revealed, The Sea Hunters

No.32 - E.L. James - $80 Million

Novels: Fifty Shades trilogy: Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed

No.33 - Tom Brokaw - $80 Million

Books: The Greatest Generation, The Greatest Generation Speaks, An Album of Memories, A Long Way from Home: Growing Up in the American Heartland, Galen Rowell: A Retrospective, Boom!: Voices of the Sixties Personal Reflections on the '60s and Today, The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation About America, A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope

No.34 - Dr. Seuss - $75 Million

Books: The Pocket Book of Boners, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, The Seven Lady Godivas, The King's Stilts, Horton Hatches the Egg, McElligot's Pool, Thidwick the Big-Hearted Mouse, Bartholomew and the Oobleck, If I Ran the Zoo, Gerald McBoing Boing, Scrambled Eggs Super!, Horton Hears a Who!, On Beyond Zebra!, If I Ran the Circus, The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Cat in the Hat Comes Back!, Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories, Happy Birthday to You!, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, The Sneetches and Other Stories, Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book, Dr. Seuss's ABC, Hop on Pop, Fox in Socks, I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew, The Cat in the Hat Song Book, The Foot Book, I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! and Other Stories, My Book about ME, I Can Draw it Myself, Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? Dr. Seuss's Book of Wonderful Noises, The Lorax, Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!, Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?, The Shape of Me and Other Stuff, There's a Wocket in My Pocket, Great Day for Up!, Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!, The Cat's Quizzer, I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!, Oh Say Can You Say?, Hunches in Bunches, The Butter Battle Book, You're Only Old Once!, I Am NOT Going to Get Up Today!, The Tough Coughs as He Ploughs the Dough, Oh, the Places You'll Go!

No.35 - Gary Larson - $70 Million

Cartoons: Cartoon strip: The Far Side

Books: There's a Hair in My Dirt!: A Worm's Story

No.36 - Meg Cabot - $70 Million

Kid/Tween: Return to Genovia and the World of the Beloved Princess Diaries series: From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess, Royal Day Out, Royal Wedding Disaster

Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls series: Moving Day, The New Girl, Best Friends and Drama Queens, Stage Fright, Glitter Girls and the Great Fake Out, Blast from the Past

Meg Gives Back series: Foretold, What You Wish For, Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume, Friends: Stories About New Friends, Old Friends, And Unexpectedly True Friends, Girls' Night In, Girls' Night Out, Metropolis Found, Midnight Feast, 13: Thirteen Stories That Capture the Agony and Ecstasy of Being Thirteen, Shining On: 11 Star Authors Illuminating Stories, Prom Nights from Hell, Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out, Fear: 13 Stories of Suspense and Horror, Zombies vs. Unicorns

Teen/Young Adult Books: Awaken, The Princess Diaries, Runaway, Avalon High Coronations, The Mediator, Vanished, All American Girl, Jinx

Adult Books: Royal Wedding, Remembrance, The Bride Wore Size 12, Insatiable, Overbite, Queen of Babble, Queen of Babble in the Big City, Queen of Babble Gets Hitched, The Boy Next Door, Boy Meets Girl, Every Boy's Got One, The Boy is Back, She Went All the Way, Ransom My Heart

Heather Wells Mysteries: #1: Size 12 Is Not Fat, #2: Size 14 Is Not Fat Either, #3: Big Boned, #4: Size 12 and Ready to Rock

Patricia Cabot Books: Where Roses Grow Wild, Portrait of My Heart, An Improper Proposal, A Little Scandal, The Christmas Captive, Lady of Skye, Educating Caroline, Kiss the Bride,

No.37 - George R.R. Martin - $65 Million

Novels: Dying of the Light, Windhaven, Fevre Dream, The Armageddon Rag, Dead Man's Hand, A Song of Ice and Fire series: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons, The Winds of Winter, A Dream of Spring, Shadow Twin, Hunter's Run, World of Ice and Fire

Children's Books: The Ice Dragon

No.38 - Suzanne Collins - $65 Million

Novels: The Hunger Games series: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay, Year of the Jungle, Gregor the Overlander, Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane, Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods, Gregor and the Marks of Secret, Gregor and the Code of Claw, When Charlie McButton Lost Power

No.39 - Alan Macfarlane - $60 Million

Books: Witchcraft, Witchcraft in Tudor and Stuart England, Witchcraft in Tudor and Stuart Essex, The Root of All Evil...

And other 'themed' books: Family, Kinship and Marriage, Population, Resources and Disease, Individualism, Capitalism and Modernity, Law and Justice, Technology and the Material World

No.40 - Eric Carle - $60 Million

Children's Books: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, 1,2,3 to the Zoo, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Pancakes, Pancakes!, The Tiny Seed, Tales of the Nimipoo, The Boastful Fisherman, Feathered Ones and Furry, The Scarecrow Clock, Do You Want to Be My Friend?, Rooster's Off to See the World, The Very Long Tail, The Very Long Train, The Secret Birthday Message, Walter the Baker, Do Bears Have Mothers Too?, Have You Seen My Cat?, I See a Song, My Very First Book of Numbers, My Very First Book of Colours, My Very First Book of Shapes, My Very First Book of Words, Why Noah Chose the Dove, All About Arthur, The Hole in the Dike, The Mixed-Up Chameleon, Eric Carle's Storybook, Seven Tales by the Brothers Grimm, The Grouchy Ladybug, Watch Out! A Giant!, Seven Stories by Hans Christian Andersen, Twelve Tales from Aesop, The Honeybee and the Robber, Otter Nonsense, Catch the Ball! Let's Paint a Rainbow, What's For Lunch?, Chip Has Many Brothers, The Very Busy Spider, The Foolish Tortoise, The Greedy Python, The Mountain that Loved a Bird, All Around Us, Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, My Very First Book of Sounds, Food, Tools, Touch, Motion, Growth, Homes, Heads, All in a Day, A House for Hermit Crab, The Lamb and the Butterfly

No.41 - Wendy Williams - $60 Million

Books (Fiction): Drama is Her Middle Name: The Ritz Harper Chronicles, Vol 1, Is the Bitch Dead, Or What?: The Ritz Harper Chronicles, Book 2, Ritz Harper Goes to Hollywood! (Ritz Harper Chronicles), Hold Me in Contempt: A Romance

Books (Non-Fiction): Wendy's Got the Heat, The Wendy Williams Experience, Ask Wendy: Straight-Up Advice for All the Drama in Your Life

No.42 - Dave Ramsey - $55 Million

Books (Financial Advice): Financial Peace: Restoring Financial Hope to You and Your Family, The Financial Peace Planner: A Step-by Step Guide to Restoring Your Family's Financial Health, How to Have More than Enough: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Abundance, More than Enough: The Ten Keys to Changing Your Financial Destiny, Financial Peace Revisited, The Total Money Makeover: A Prover Plan for Financial Fitness, Total Money Makeover Workbook, The Money Answer Book: Quick Answers to Everyday Financial Questions, Priceless: Straight-Shooting, No-Frills Financial Wisdom, EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches, Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money

Kids' Books: The Super Red Racer: Junior Discovers Work, Careless At The Carnival: Junior Discovers Spending, The Big Birthday Surprise: Junior Discovers Giving, My Fantastic Fieldtrip: Junior Discovers Saving, A Special Thank You: Junior Discovers Integrity, Battle of the Chores: Junior Discovers Debt

No.43 - Anne Rice - $50 Million

Novels: Beauty's Kingdom, The Wolf Gift Chronicles: The Wolf Gift, The Wolves of Midwinter, The Vampire Chronicles: Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned, The Tale of the Body Thief, Memnoch the Devil, The Vampire Armand, Merrick, Blood and Gold, Blackwood Farm, Blood Canticle, Prince Lestat, New Tales of the Vampires: Pandora, Vittorio the Vampire, The Lives of the Mayfair Witches: The Witching Hour, Lasher, Taltos, The Life of Christ: Christ the Lord: Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, Christ to Lord: The Road to Cana, Songs of the Seraphim: Angel Times, Of Love and Evil, The Sleeping Beauty series: The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty's Punishment, Beauty's Release, Beauty's Kingdom, Other Novels: The Feast of All Saints, The Master of Rampling Gate, Cry to Heaven, Exit to Eden, Belinda, The Mummy, Servant of the Bones, Violin

Non-Fiction Books: Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession

No.44 - Chetan Bhagat - $50 Million

Books: Five Point Someone, One Night @ the Call Centre, The 3 Mistakes of My Life, 2 States, Revolution 2020, What Young India Wants, Half Girlfriend, Making India Awesome

No.45 - Chris Oyakhilome - $50 Million

Rhapsodies of Realities: Devotional Study Bible: King James Version, None of These Diseases

No.46 - Cindy Adams - $50 Million

Books: Sukarno - An Autobiography, My Friend the Dictator, Jolie Gabor, Lee Strasberg - The Imperfect Genius of the Actors Studio, Iron Rose - The Story of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy and Her Dynasty, The Gift of Jazzy, Living a Dog's Life - Jazzy, Juicy, and Me

No.47 - Jeff Kinney - $50 Million

Books: Diary of a Wimpy Kid series: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard luck, Old School (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever, The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary, The Wimpy Kid School Planner

No.48 - Mort Walker - $50 Million

Newspaper Comic Strips: Beetle Bailey, Hi and Lois

No.49 - Seth Godin - $50 Million

Books: The Smiley Dictionary, eMarketing: Reaping Profits on the Information Highway, Permission Marketing: turning strangers into friends, and friends into customers, If You're Clueless About Selling: And Want to Know More, Unleashing the Ideavirus, The Big Red Fez: How to Make Any Website Better, Survival is not enough: zooming, evolution, and the future of your company, Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable, Free Prize Inside!: The Next Big Marketing Idea, All Marketers Are Liars: The Power of Telling Authentic Stories in A Low-Trust World, The Big Moo: Stop Trying to be Perfect and Start being Remarkable, Small is the New Big: and 193 other Riffs, Ranks, and Remarkable Business Ideas, The Dip: A Little Book that Teaches You When to Quit (and when to Stick), Meatball Sundae: Is Your Marketing Out of Sync?, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Poke the Box, We Are All Weird, The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?, V is for Vulnerable: Life Outside the Comfort Zone, Whatcha Gonna Do with That Duck?: And Other Provocations, What To Do When It's Your Turn (and it's always your turn)

No.50 - Stan Lee - $50 Million

Comic Books: DC Comics: Superman #1, Aquaman, Batman, Catwoman, Crisis, Flash, Green Lantern, JLA, Robin, Sandman, Secret Files and Origins, Shazam!, Superman, Wonder Woman

Marvel Comics: The Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers, Captain America, Daredevil, Epic Illustrated, Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Nightcat, Ravage, Savage She-Hulk, Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos, Silver Surfer, Solarman, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Strange Tales, Tales to Astonish, Tales of Suspense, Web of Spider-Man, What If (Fantastic Four), The X-Men

No.51 - Stieg Larsson - $50 Million

Novels: The Millennium Trilogy: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest

List 'net worth' source: Top 51 richest authors and their net worths as estimated by '' - the most accurate celebrity net worth estimating site on the internet.

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What Research for this Collective List Has Shown

It's Not About the Mass of Books That the Author Writes (Although, At Times This List Has Shown This To Be A Factor), But Rather the Quality of the Writing and Originality in Stories That Makes For the Most Successful and Wealthiest of Authors

Many of todays richest authors are clearly ambitious and hard working when it comes to their tremendous efforts in literature writing.

The top of the chart for these richest authors have written some of the highest number of books on this list, and quite rightfully so, as all of that hard work and endless hours writing deserves the greatest reward. Financial security is something that all of the authors on this list now have and much, much more.

In case there is any question over whether or not all of the bibliography for these authors was written book-for-book in this collective list, then the answer would be positively yes. It was interesting to list all of the authors' bibliography under their net worth showing, as it shows the types of books that they were writing, and of course many familiar book titles popped up along the way.

Not all of the authors on this list are purely authors where their careers are concerned, as many are involved in other areas of the entertainment business, such as film and TV show work. Others also partake in side-work for journalism (or had previously done-so) and column-work for newspapers and online media sites. Interesting side-projects for them to do between writing their next books.

Then, there are of course those authors who have made their fortunes from comic book writings and comic strip creations within newspapers from the glory days of the (news) papers.

Whatever these authors have been doing besides their book writings one thing is for sure, and that is that for the majority of these authors they have made the large chunk of their net worth fortunes from their literature successes in the book publishing world.

Harry Potter - The Most Successful Movie Franchise of all Time, Adapted from the Most Successful Book Series of all Time (it's a win-win scenario)
Harry Potter - The Most Successful Movie Franchise of all Time, Adapted from the Most Successful Book Series of all Time (it's a win-win scenario) | Source
Twilight - Another Book Series Turned into a Movie Franchise, Both Extremely Successful, and It Is Through This Series That Vampires and Were-Wolves were Once Again Made Popular in the Fantasy Scene, for Both Books and Movies
Twilight - Another Book Series Turned into a Movie Franchise, Both Extremely Successful, and It Is Through This Series That Vampires and Were-Wolves were Once Again Made Popular in the Fantasy Scene, for Both Books and Movies | Source

Summary for The Richest Authors in the World

Authors Today Are Making Money Quicker Than Ever Before Thanks to Extreme Fads, With the Likes of Twilight (New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn), The Hunger Games (Catching Fire, Mockingjay), and Fifty Shades (of Grey, Darker, Freed) Being at the Pinnacle Point of this Overflowing Mountain

It seems that the successful authors of today gain larger sums of money on their income thanks to tie-ins with movie releases. Not that these movies earn them all that much, unless they are wise and reserve rights for potential follow-ups if the first movie release is a success, as this way if the movie becomes a franchise (like Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Twilight, etc.) then the author will make much more money off the respective film studios for the right to use their stories (from their books).

However, the point to make here is that where their is a successful movie release (adapted from the author's book), this increases the marketing for the book itself, a happy bonus to such a deal, as this will increase the book sales and in return make the author much more money on their income. Something, J.K Rowling (author of Harry Potter series), Stephanie Meyer (author of Twilight series) and Suzanne Collins (author of The Hunger Games) are well aware of.

Then, there are those other few authors who have had a pick-up in their marketing for their books thanks to other franchise opportunities that came their way for the usage of their stories, like with George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones series of books, which have been adapted into a (now 'hit') TV series.

And, Stan Lee, whose comic books have been adapted into some of the year's biggest blockbusters, from his DC comics and Marvel comics series, something many will be all but too aware of, as a lot of these (now) movie titles have gone on to make billions at the global box office.

However, there is a plentiful number of authors on this list whose book sales have got the big-ticket number all by themselves without any film or TV series adaptations to act as a boost in marketing. Something which makes them all the more intriguing where their book sales are concerned as their net worths have entered into the tens of millions, leaving it to the imagination to guess just how many books they have sold throughout the duration of their (most likely) lengthy writing careers.

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