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World’s highest earning authors 2013

The list is compiled by Forbes magazine and is based on sales between June 2012 and June 2013

World’s highest earning authors 2013
16. George RR Martin, author of the Game of Thrones book series: $12m
World’s highest earning authors 2013
15. JK Rowling, creator of the bestselling Harry Potter book series: $13m
World’s highest earning authors 2013
14. Rick Riordan, best known for the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series: $14m
World’s highest earning authors 2013
13. David Baldacci, thriller writer of classics such as Absolute Power: $15m
World’s highest earning authors 2013
12. John Grisham who specialises in legal thrillers such as A Time to Kill and The Firm: $18m
World’s highest earning authors 2013
11. Horror and mystery writer Dean Koontz: $20m
World’s highest earning authors 2013
10. Stephen King, creator of classic such as Misery and Carrie: $20m
World’s highest earning authors 2013
9. The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown: $22m
World’s highest earning authors 2013
8. Romance writer Nora Roberts: $23m
World’s highest earning authors 2013
7. Janet Evanovich, most famous for the Notorious Nineteen series: $24m
World’s highest earning authors 2013
6. Jeff Kinney, the pen behind the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series: $24m
World’s highest earning authors 2013
5. Danielle Steel, renowned novelist who has sold over 800 million books: $26m
World’s highest earning authors 2013
4. Bill O'Reilly, Fox news presenter and author of bestselling books on US presidents Lincoln and Kennedy: $28m
World’s highest earning authors 2013
3. Suzanne Collins, the brains behind The Hunger Games book series: $55m
World’s highest earning authors 2013
2. James Patterson has sold 270 million books and created the Alex Cross series: $91m
World’s highest earning authors 2013
1. EL James created a whole new phenomenon with her erotic trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey: $95m