Top 10 Richest Authors In The World 2020

Are you a writer? Are you in search of the richest authors in the world, wealthiest people with the same mindset as yours? Then, this article is meant for you.

Creativity is a gift from the Almighty. Therefore, not many individuals are creative. One of the most creative talents to have as an individual is the ability to write. Everybody can write but not everybody can embed creativity in it.

Because it is a creative talent, writers have always been respected as they are known to give birth to their points on the paper using pen, pencil or keyboard as the case may be. However, some individuals endowed with the talent also explore accompanying opportunities like riches etc associated with it.

Writing alone is not a talent but also a means of livelihood in so far the writer has the essential skills needed to explore such opportunities. If you know how to write in a creative way, you are close to making a livelihood out of your God-given talent.

There are many authors in the World today that have made a thorough breakthrough in writing due to their serious dedication and continuous skills acquisition. Most of these Writer are competing with other World known richest individuals in the World.

This post aims at providing for you these writers and how much they have made so far (I. E their net worth) according to the Forbes List 2020

Top 10 Richest Authors In The World 2020

 Rank No.  Wealthiest Authors  Net Worth  Date Of Birth
 1.  J. K. Rowling  $1 Billion  July 31, 1965
 2.  Jim Davies  $800 Million  July 28, 1945
 3.  Candy Spelling  $600 Million  September 20, 1945
 4.  Stephen King  $400 Million  September 21, 1947
 5.  Danielle Steel  $375 Million  August 14, 1947
 6.  James Patterson  $310 Million  March 22, 1947
 7.  Tom Clancy  $300 Million  April 12, 1947
 8.  Olivia Harrison  $275 Million  May 18, 1948
 9.  John Grisham  $200 Million  February 8, 1955
 10.  Jackie Collins  $180 Million  October 4, 1937

Top 10 Richest Authors In The World 2020

J. K. Rowling
  • 1. J. K. Rowling

    • Worth: $1 Billion
    • Country: UK

J. K. Rowling, a renowned and richest Writer, was given birth to on the 31st of July, 1965 in Yate, United Kingdom. Apart from the fact that she is the richest author today, her writing story is a form of motivation. She has been rejected on many occasions by publishers. However, because of her dedication and the urge to make an impact on humanity, she continues until she was accepted. J. K. Rowling is well known for her award-winning book titled Harry Potter, which has, of course, fetched her millions of dollars and fame. The book was later converted into a movie which is a blockbuster hit, just like the book. She also owns a beautiful mansion in Tasmania and a church cottage in Tutshill. Currently, she is one of the richest individuals in the United Kingdom.

Jim Davies
  • 2. Jim Davies

    • Worth: $800 Million
    • Country: USA

Jim Davies was given birth to in Marion, Indiana, the United States on the 28th of July, 1945 as an average normal child. However, after exposing himself to more skills acquisition, he became a professional comic Writer and a Cartoonist. He usually converts most of his writing works into cartoons, thereby touching the lives of millions. He is well known for the creation of ‘Garfield’ which he has used to showcase most of his creativity. Infact, his creativity is turning the Cartoon into an Icon of the Century. On his own, he has produced many Garfield TV Specials.

Candy Spelling
  • 3. Candy Spelling

    • Worth: $600 Million
    • Country: USA

Candy Spelling is not only a birth mate of Jim Davies but also a country mate has she was also given birth to in the United States. However, her hometown is Marion, California and her date of birth is 20th September 1945. Being an entrepreneur, heiress, and a socialite, Candy Gene Spelling (popularly known as Candy Spelling) is a prolific writer that has to earn over what she actually worth. This is because she has many money inflows as she was also married to a television producer called Aaron Spelling. Together as a couple, they owned many properties including mansions, shares, etc. Post Aaron death, she became one of the richest author and celebrity in the United States.

Stephen King Among The Richest Authors In The World
  • 4. Stephen King

    • Worth: $400 Million
    • Country: USA

Taking the 4th position on our list is Stephen King who was given birth to in Maines, United States on the 21st of September, 1947. He is known as a novelist, columnist, screenwriter, and a prolific writer as he has sold over 350 million copies of his novels and short stories across the globe. On many occasions, most, if not all, of his stories have been converted into movies as he is known for producing contents of fantasy, Gothic and suspense in nature. Some of his books turned into movies include Stand By Me, Carrie, The Shawshank Redemption, etc. The latter was an award-winning movie and stands out as one of the best movie industry till date.

Danielle Steel
  • 5. Danielle Steel

    • Worth: $375 Million
    • Country: USA

Given birth to in New York, United States on the 14th of August, 1947, Danielle Steel is one of the renowned writer the World has ever witnessed. She has earned a sale of over 800 millions of copies of her stories across the globe. Most of her stories fall into the categories of fiction, non-fiction, Children novels, and Romance. She is a constant fixture in The New York Times as one of her books was the best selling for 381 weeks consecutively. Steel has also been listed in the Guinness Book of Records. She is indeed one of the female authors that every emerging writer should look up to.

  • 6. James Patterson

    • Worth: $310 Million
    • Country: USA

James Patterson is a citizen of Newburgh and was given birth to on the 22nd of March, 1947. If you are looking for a successful writer, you should look for James Patterson. He is well known for producing thriller novels. He has over 19 best-selling books listed on the New York Times. In addition, most of his fame stemmed from his series about American Psychologists Alex Cross and Micheal Bennett. He has also produced many other thriller and romance novels that have earned him different awards. Most of his fans described him as a man that knows what will fly off the sleeves as he has produced many best selling books.

  • 7. Tom Clancy

    • Worth: $300 Million
    • Country: USA

Born on the 12th of April, 1947 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States, Tom Clancy is one of the most celebrated authors before his demise. He was known for producing stories on military science, spy fiction, techno-thriller genre, etc. Some of his well-known books include The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, and Without Remorse and many more. As part of his properties, he has a beautiful mansion worth $12.6 Million in Baltimore. Despite being dead, his books have touched the lives of many and also form an important source of historical facts, most especially on military science and technology.

  • 8. Olivia Harrison

    • Worth: $275 Million
    • Country: Mexico

Born on the 18th May 1948 in Mexico City, Mexico, Olivia Harrison is the wife of the deceased George Harrison, who is a Beatles Guitarist. On many occasions, she has co-authored many books with her husband before his demise. One of them is Living In The Material World which is a documentary based on Martin Scorsese. The British-Mexican author is well known for her introductory book in 2002 titled I, Me and Mine, which has earned her numerous awards. In addition to her properties, She also owns a beautiful lush green landscape which is based in Australia’s Whitsunday Islands.

  • 9. John Grisham

    • Worth: $200 Million
    • Country: USA

John Graham was given birth to in Jonesboro, Arkansas, United States on the 8th of February, 1955. He is one of the successful writers that focus their attention on legal thriller stories and crime fictions. Currently, he has over 250 millions of copies of his books being sold across the globe. In addition to being the 8th richest author in the World, he has other properties that include luxurious houses in Mississippi and Virginia. Because his area of specialization is less exploited, he has gone home with numerous awards. Also, he has touched the lives of many through the facts embedded in most of his stories.

  • 10. Jackie Collins

    • Worth: $180 Million
    • Country: United Kingdom

Taking the 10th position on our list is Jackie Collins who was given birth to on the 4th of October, 1937 in London, United Kingdom. Apart from being among the top 10 richest authors in the World, she is also an English Novelist that has over 500 million copies of her work sold across the globe. In addition, she is one of the writers that have produced 29 stories that have been successfully converted to 40 languages and listed on many occasion in The New York Times. Just like Danielle Steel, she is also one of the female writers that emerging writers should look up to.

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Writing is a talent that is not given to all individuals. However, being a writer doesn’t automatically make you one of the richest individuals on earth. You still have to acquire the necessary skills needed to soar higher in the talent. All of the above-listed writers are individuals that emerging writers ought to look up to as they have taken the bull by the horn and even drive it to a safe place. As a writer, it is highly recommended that you have a mentor. This is not to design your life based on his or her own but to serve as guidance through your journey of writing. Experience is better learned from those that have experienced it in order to forsake any bad circumstances along the way. You don’t want to get experience in a harsh way, right? In essence, making it big in writing is about exploring the right opportunities at the right time in the right ways.

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