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World’s highest earning authors 2013

on August 31, 2013

Source: Arabian Business

The list is compiled by Forbes magazine and is based on sales between June 2012 and June 2013.


16. George RR Martin, author of the Game of Thrones book series: $12m


15. JK Rowling, creator of the bestselling Harry Potter book series: $13m


14. Rick Riordan, best known for the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series: $14m


13. David Baldacci, thriller writer of classics such as Absolute Power: $15m


12. John Grisham who specialises in legal thrillers such as A Time to Kill and The Firm: $18m


11. Horror and mystery writer Dean Koontz: $20m


10. Stephen King, creator of classic such as Misery and Carrie: $20m


9. The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown: $22m


8. Romance writer Nora Roberts: $23m


7. Janet Evanovich, most famous for the Notorious Nineteen series: $24m


6. Jeff Kinney, the pen behind the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series: $24m


5. Danielle Steel, renowned novelist who has sold over 800 million books: $26m


4. Bill O’Reilly, Fox news presenter and author of bestselling books on US presidents Lincoln and Kennedy: $28m


3. Suzanne Collins, the brains behind The Hunger Games book series: $55m


2. James Patterson has sold 270 million books and created the Alex Cross series: $91m


1. EL James created a whole new phenomenon with her erotic trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey: $95m


2 responses to “World’s highest earning authors 2013

  1. Two surprised me–Game of Thrones and Shades of Grey

    • I was somehow expecting Shades of Grey would be in the list (although not #1). It’s like everyone I know have already read that book except myself and have talked about it in the social media for quite some time.

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