#28 J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling is the second highest-paid author in the world, behind the prolific James Patterson.
The Harry Potter scribe sold nearly 2.6 million books between June 2019 and June 2020.
'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' clocked $2.3 million in ticket sales in a single week, the highest of any nonmusical in Broadway's history.
Books no longer account for most of her earnings: Rowling's biggest cash cow is Universal Studios' "Wizarding World" attractions.
Rowling, who suspects she had COVID-19, donated $1.25 million to the homeless and domestic violence victims during the pandemic.
In late May, she began publishing her new children's book "The Ickabog" in serialized installments