The wealthiest authors in the world write a wide range of topics. From romance to financial management, these authors found a hungry audience and satisfied them with their words. It’s not all that surprising. For hundreds of years, authors have played a key role in society; they entertain, inform, and amuse their readers. Some have even changed the world with their words. Of course, not all authors are insanely rich. Quite the opposite. Many authors, if they’re lucky, might be able to pay the utility bill off their writing. But, not these authors. Against all odds they struck it rich. But who are they and how much are they worth? Here are 25 wealthiest authors in the world.
Paula Hawkins - $16 Million
This British author is best known for writing the hit novel “The Girl on the Train” in 2015. It’s a psychological thriller dealing with domestic violence and alcohol abuse.
John Green - $17 Million
YouTuber and writer of the hit novel, “The Fault in Our Stars,” Green has written several other novels, many of which have won literary awards like Michael L. Printz Award.
Rick Riordan - $35 Million
Widely known as the author of the “Percy Jackson” young adult fantasy book series, Riordan also penned several other young adult fiction books, including “The 39 Clues” and “The Kane Chronicles.”
George R.R. Martin - $65 Million
Before writing his epic fantasy “The Game of Thrones,” Martin was a writer on the television shows “The Twilight Zone” and “Beauty and the Beast.” He’s won several awards, including the Hugo Awards, Nebula Awards, and Locus Awards.
Jeff Kinney - $70 Million
Once a newspaper cartoonist, Kinney published “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” in 2007, turning him into a New York Times best-selling author. Since then, he’s published several sequels and turned it into a popular movie series.