An entrepreneur creates value from ideas. Surely that makes authors the ultimate entrepreneurs. Being an author is a very creative field to be in, but some of them have definitely taken this up by a notch by building empires out of their books. For these novelists it wasn’t enough to just write bestsellers — their books and names became huge brands.
1. J K Rowling
Well who would be unaware about this one. J K Rowling conceived the idea of the wizardly world of Harry Potter which eventually made her one of the world’s richest author. Rowling sold the film rights to the Potter series to Warner Bros, and the theme park rights to Universal Studios. She’s the founder of Pottermore, a website, digital publishing, e-commerce and entertainment company. Her net worth is around $1 billion.
2. Jim Davis
James Robert “Jim” Davis is an American cartoonist, best known as the creator of the comic strips Garfield and U.S. Acres, the former of which has been published since 1978 and has since become the world’s most widely syndicated comic strip. He is well known across the world for drawing and writing Garfield comics, TV shows and movies. He is the president of Paws, Inc., a comic book studio and production company that manages all licensing rights for the lasagna-loving feline. His current net worth is around $800 million.
3. James Patterson
James Brendan Patterson is an American author. He is largely known for his novels about fictional psychologist Alex Cross, the protagonist of the Alex Cross series. He has been churning out thrillers at a rapid clip. Patterson broke the Guinness World Record for most New York Times #1 bestsellers. His businesses include JIMMY Patterson, a children’s book imprint at Little, Brown & Company. Patterson publishes over a dozen books a year with various co-authors. His net worth is around $490 million.
4. Stephen King
Stephen Edwin King is an American author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy.He is very well known for scaring the bejesus out of his readers with his terrifying novels. His bestsellers have been adapted into 39 movies, 21 TV series and numerous comics, plays and songs. His net worth is around $400 million.
5. Nora Roberts
Nora Roberts is an American bestselling author of more than 209 romance novels. She writes as J. D. Robb for the in Death series, and has also written under the pseudonyms Jill March and for publications in the U.K. as Sarah Hardesty. Being America’s most prolific and popular romance writer she has written 219 books and adapted nine of them to Lifetime movies. She and her family own an inn, bookstore, pizza parlor and restaurant in her tiny hometown of BoonsBoro, Md. Her current net worth is around $340 million.
6. Danielle Steel
Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel, better known by the name Danielle Steel, is an American novelist, currently the best selling author alive and the fourth bestselling author of all time, with over 800 million copies sold. She is well known for romance novels about the fabulously rich and hopelessly doomed. She’s published 99 novels and 18 children’s books— 22 have been adapted to TV—and has a long-term deal with New Line Home Entertainment to develop, produce and distribute straight-to-DVD movies based on her stories. Her net worth is around $310 million.
7. John Grisham
Joh Grisham is an American bestselling writer, attorney, politician, and activist best known for his popular legal thrillers. His books have been translated into 42 languages and published worldwide. His legal thrillers have sold over 275 million copies worldwide and seven have been adapted into films. His net worth is around $200 million.
8. Stephanie Meyer
Stephenie Meyer is an American young-adult fiction writer and film producer, best known for her vampire romance series Twilight. She is well known for penning modern-day vampire love stories for teens. The Twilight books and movies were best sellers and blockbusters respectively. Founder of Fickle Fish Films, which produced the Twilight films and The Host. Her current net worth is around $123 million.
9. E. L. James
Erika Mitchell known by her pen name E. L. James, is an English author. She wrote the bestselling erotic romance novels trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed, along with the companion novel Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian. She is well known for making BDSM acceptable for housewives and business women. The Fifty Shades book trilogy and movie has earned over $50 million. Her Fifty Shades of Grey merchandise ranges from a “Vibrating Love Ring” sold at Target to a Vermont Teddy Bear with handcuffs. Her current net worth is around $80 million.
10. George R. R. Martin
George Raymond Richard Martin, often referred to as GRRM, is an American novelist and short-story writer in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres, a screenwriter, and television producer.He is well known for the Game of Thrones series. He earns $10 million a year in royalties from his book series and $15 million from the HBO series and his current net worth is $65 million.