J.K. Rowling — from state benefits to multi-millionaire in 5 years.
  • Made famous by her Harry Potter series, she is now one the highest paid authors of all time.
  • The first book was released in 1997, after being rejected many time. The last book was released in 2007, which became the fastest-selling book of all time. It sold 11 million copies in the first day of release.
  • She was a single mother living on state benefits when she first started writing.
  • She remained a billionaire until 2012, when a combination of high British taxes and an estimated $160 million in charitable donations.
  • Today, in 2017, Harry Potter is a global brand worth $15 billion and Rowling has a net worth of $650 million.
  • The movie franchise grossed $7.7 billion and there are now theme parks in California, Florida, and Japan.
  • Rowling established the Volant Charitable Trust in 2001, which helps combat poverty and social inequality. It helps fund organisations that aid children, one parent families, and multiple sclerosis research.
  • Most recently, on 12th December, Rowling was inducted into the Order of the Companions of Honour, for her services to literature and philanthropy. A century-old honor, founded by King George V, as a reward for outstanding achievements in the arts, literature, music, science, politics, industry or religion.