JK Rowling

Joanne Kathleen Rowling (with pen name, “JK Rowling”) is a British novelist best known for her popular Harry Potter fantasy series. This 50-year old woman is the world’s first millionaire author and one of the world’s wealthiest woman.

Rags To Riches Story

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      JK Rowling was born on July 1965 in Chipping Sodbury in England. She wrote her first book, “Rabbits” at the age of 6, but never published it.

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      She had difficult teenage years with her mother’s 10-year struggle with multiple sclerosis, until her death in 1991 when Rowling was just 25.

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      Her marriage to the Portuguese television journalist, Jorge Arantes lasted for only 11 months, resulting in the birth of her daughter, Jessica.

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      She struggled to raise her child on a weekly welfare check of 70 pounds and living in a mice-infested flat in Edinburgh.

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      Her first manuscript of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” was rejected by 12 publishers including, Penguin, Transworld and HarperCollins.

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      The complete Harry Potter series have sold more than 450 million copies with a global brand worth an estimated US$ 15 Billion.

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      By 2000, JK Rowling became the highest-earning woman in Britain with an income of more than 20.5 Million pounds.

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      In 1998, Warner Brothers purchased the filming rights to her first 2 novels for $ 1.5 Million. With the release of the first film, JK Rowling’s total earnings exceeded $100 Million.

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      JK Rowling owns a 4.5 Million pound-worth Georgian house in Kensington, London.

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      In 2013, she was rated as the 13th most influential woman in the UK by the Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio.