How much can an author make? That question comes up a lot, and the answer varies greatly — like, from about $0 (or even losing money) to millions of dollars. Writing is a career in which it is notoriously difficult to achieve success.
Here are the 10 richest authors in the world (Based on Forbes 2017 List)
1 JK Rowling (UK) – $95m 2 James Patterson (US) $87m 3 Jeff Kinney (US) $21m 4 Dan Brown (US) $20m 5 Stephen King (US) $15m 6 John Grisham (US) $14m 7 Nora Roberts (US) $14m 8 Paula Hawkins (UK) $13m 9 EL James (UK) $11.5m 10 Danielle Steel (US) $11m 10 Rick Riordan (US) $11m