J. K. Rowling
|Born:||July 31, 1965|
|Notable Works:||Harry Potter series,|
Joanne “Jo” Rowling (pen names: J. K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith) is a British novelist, best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series. The Potter books have gained worldwide attention, won awards, sold more than 400 million copies to become the best-selling book series in history and been the basis for a popular series of films, in which Rowling had overall approval on the scripts as well as maintaining creative control by serving as a producer on the final instalment. Rowling got the idea for the series on a trip from Manchester to London in 1990.
Rowling has led a “rags-to-riches” life story, in which she progressed from living on social security to multi-millionaire status by five years. As of March 2011, when its latest world billionaires list was published, Forbes estimated Rowling’s net worth to be US$1 billion. The 2008 Sunday Times Rich List estimated Rowling’s fortune at £560 million ($798 million), ranking her as the twelfth richest woman in the United Kingdom. Forbes ranked Rowling as the forty-eighth most powerful celebrity of 2007, and Time magazine named her as a runner-up for its 2007 Person of the Year, noting the social, moral, and political inspiration she has given her fans. In October 2010, J. K. Rowling was named “Most Influential Woman in Britain” by leading magazine editors.