Find out who makes the list of the top 10 richest authors in the world. While these authors may not have been the highest-paid this year, they have amassed the most current wealth to date according to our research.
1. Elisabeth Badinter - $1.3 Billion
Elisabeth Badinter is a French author known for her philosophical treatments of feminism and women's roles in society. Some of her most famous works include The Myth of Motherhood, Wrong Turn, and Masculine Identity.
2. JK Rowling - $1 Billion
JK Rowling is the famous British author of the Harry Potter series that has captured the attention of fans worldwide for almost two decades.
3. James Patterson - $560 Million
James Patterson is an American author most famous for his thrillers, non-fiction titles, and romance books. Some of his most famous works include Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women's Murder Club, Maximum Ride, Daniel X, NYPD Red, Witch and Wizard, and the Private series.
4. Stephen King - $400 Million
Stephen King is an American author of supernatural fiction, horror, suspense, crime, science-fiction, and fantasy books. He has sold more than 350 million copies of his works worldwide and many of his titles have become films and TV series. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, and many have been adapted into films, television series, miniseries, and comic books.
5. Nora Roberts - $390 Million
Nora Roberts is an American author of more than 225 romance books.
6. Danielle Steel - $310 Million
Danielle Steel is an American author best known for her romance books. She is the current bestselling author alive and the fourth bestselling fiction author of all time, having sold over 800 million copies. She has written 179 books.
7. Barbara Taylor Bradford - $300 Million
Barbara Taylor Bradford is a British-American author. Her first novel, A Woman of Substance, was published in 1979 and has sold over 30 million copies globally. She has written 35 novels to date.
8. Nigel Blackwell - $293 Million
Nigel Blackwell is a British author best known for his thriller books involving main character Jess Kimball.
9. John Grisham - $220 Million
John Grisham is an American author, attorney, politician, and activist. He is best known for his popular legal thrillers. His books have been published in 42 languages around the world.
10. Jeffrey Archer - $195 Million
Jeffrey Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare is a British author and former politician.