J. K. Rowling Net Worth
Joanne Rowling, known to the world as J.K Rowling is a common name in the list of the best fantasy writers the world has ever seen. Her renowned fantasy series The Harry Potter made her a common name through the earth. According to The Sunday Times Rich List writer’s earnings are estimated at $798 million. The Potter novels have earned admiration from people globally and are equally renowned among the kids along with the grownups. They made J.K Rowing a star overnight. The novels were afterwards made into movies which became the highest-grossing film series. Now Harry Potter is an international brand with a worth of $15 billion!
ARRIVAL AND EARLY LIFE
Her dad worked as a Rolls-Royce aircraft engineer. In her childhood times, Rowling often composed fantasy stories which she frequently read out to her younger sister Dianne, who was born when Rowling was just 23 months old. Rowling and her family early lives went in rags. Their family found it challenging to make both their ends meet. Moreover, her mother suffered with sickness and a poor relationship with her dad as they had ceased talking to each other.
As a child, Rowling loved English subject which later inspired her to compose down some fantasy stories. She then went to Wyedean School and Cottage. She also composed the entrance exam for Oxford University but was not taken into the university. She then completed her BA in French and Classics in the University of Exeter. After completing her graduation, she remained in Paris for a couple of days where she expanded her studies. She then moved to London, where she did various occupations which included working as a secretary where she was supposed to send the rejection slips.
She was married to Jorge Arantes, a Portuguese journalist on October 16, 1992. She gave birth to a child whom she called Jessica Isabel. She split from her husband within 13 months of their union. She fought with single parenthood, poverty and depression.
HARRY POTTER- Her bestselling book series
In the summer of 1990, she was going from Manchester to London on a train where she conceived the notion of The Harry Potter. Yet, it took her seven years to actually compose down her idea. Harry is a lad who soon realizes his potentials as a magician who has magic in his blood. His parents were killed by Lord Voldemart who is the bad wizard when he was very young. He is raised by his uncle. He then seeks entry in Hogwarts School of witchcraft and wizardry. She also says that Hermione is a caricature of her own character. Various sequels of the book happen to be released which have been a big hit all over the globe.
The first edition of the book was launched in June 1997 by Bloomsburry. The book was titled as Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s stone. Initially the book was printed in 1000 copies out of which 500 were distributed to the libraries. The book won its first award after five months, a Nestl’s Smarties Book Prize.
Shortly after a year, i.e., July 1998 Rowling released its sequel, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets which again won The Smarties award. The book won the Smarties award once again making J.K. Rowling as the first author to win the award three consecutive times.
She, nevertheless, removed her fourth Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire from The Smarties contest to allow other writers earn an equal and fair opportunity of bagging the prize. Goblet of Fire was released simultaneously in the US and UK in July 2000. The book sold around 372,775 copies in the UK on the very first day. And some three million copies in US within two days. This broke all the records global.
In 2003, Rowling released the fifth edition, Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix and in July 2005 the sixth sequel, Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince was launched. Once more the book smashed all the records as around nine million copies of the book were sold within the first 24 hours. This book was awarded with the British Novel of the Year award in 2006.
The last and the most awaited book of the Harry series was launched on December 21st, 2006. This book became the fastest selling book of all time with 11 million copies sold on the first day in the UK and US. The book was later made into a movie which was produced by Rowling herself.
Rowling, in a interview to Oprah Winfrey said that the force behind her novels’ success was no one else than her mom who died with multiple sclerosis.
NAME, FAME, CASH AND ASSETS
The Harry Potter series made her the highest earning girl by 2000. She earned more than $29 million. In 2001 she earned some $34 million. Her earnings are believed to have crossed the $100 million boundary.
She is among the richest female on earth who owns a property worth in billions. She also owns Tasmania Mansion in Perth worth 10.7 million U.S. dollars and a Church cottage located in Tutshill. Her whole asset is around 576 million pound sterling.
Besides the Smarties and The British Novel of the Year, she was awarded with The Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the Queen.