Joanne “Jo” Rowling is a British novelist, the prolific author of the Harry Potter series of fantasy novels. She was born in Yate, Gloucestershire, on July 31, 1965. Besides being a novelist, Rowling is also a film producer and screenwriter. The pen names she used were J.K. Rowling and, occasionally, Robert Galbraith.
JK ROWLING NET WORTH – $1 BILLION
Birth Name – Joanne Rowling
Date of birth – 31 July 1965
Zodiac Sign – Leo
Birth Place – Yate, Gloucestershire, England
Nationality – English/British
Height – 5′ 5″
Profession – Screenwriter, Film producer, Author, Novelist
Her books conquered the attention of readers worldwide and won her several awards, selling in over 400 million copies worldwide. The Harry Potter series was the best-selling series in history and served as a basis for the film series with the same name, starring Daniel Radcliffe, considered the second most successful series in the world. J.K. Rowling was the one to approve the film scripts and was also one of its producers.
Rowling used to work as a bilingual secretary and researcher for Amnesty International when, while on a delayed train to London, in 1990, she came up with the idea of the book series. During the following seven years of her life, Rowling saw her mother die, gave birth to a child, and saw her marriage with her first husband end.
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She also had to fight relative poverty until the first novel of the Harry Potter series was finished. This happened in 1997, and the title of this first novel was Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Other six sequels followed: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
After finishing the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling wrote four other books destined to adult readers: The Casual Vacancy – signed under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith – and three crime fiction novels published in 2013, 2014, and 2015 – The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm and Career of Evil.
This prolific career as a writer brought the J.K. Rowling net worth around $1 billion, which is much more than any writer could hope for. But, besides money, her writings also brought her a few nominations, such as the twelfth richest woman in the UK by Sunday Times, the 48th most powerful celebrity in 2007 by Forbes, or the 2007 Person of the Year by Time magazine. In October 2010, she was designated the “Most Influential Woman in Britain”.
J.K. Rowling supported numerous charity projects and Institutions, such as One Parent Families, Comic Relief, Lumos, and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain.
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