Nope. Guess again.
James Patterson. According to Business, he earned $70 million in the past year.
Of course, that number does include his contract to write 17 books total by the close of 2012. That deal alone is worth about $100 million. Overall, Patterson, 63, has sold more than 170 million books worldwide.Meyer came in second at $40 million, then Stephen King at $34 million, followed by Danielle Steele at $32 million. Ken Follett came in fifth with $20 million. The other five in the top ten are: Dean Koontz, Janet Evanovich, John Grisham, Nicholas Sparks and J.K. Rowling.
This ranking was put together by Forbes. According to Entertainment, Forbes based the earnings on “books, film rights, television, gaming deals and other income from June 1, 2009, through June 1, 2010.”
Poor J.K. Rowling didn’t release a book this year, so her numbers were down and she only made it into the tenth spot. I’d still settle for her $10 million, though. Actually, I’m not at all envious of any of these best-selling authors. They set the bar that the rest of us aspire (dream) to jump over.