E.L. James has an estimated net worth of $60 million dollars
British author E.L. James has an estimated net worth of $60 million. James is 5’3” and weighs 120 pounds. Her best-selling Fifty Shades series has propelled her to literary prominence. Erika Mitchell was born on March 7, 1963 in London, England. Her father was a BBC cameraman and her mother was Chilean. Mitchell’s pen name is E.L. James. She grew up in Buckinghamshire and attended the University of Kent where she studied history. She would go on to become a studio manager’s assistant at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield.
James’ life followed a pretty standard path through most of her half-century. She worked as a television studio executive, married screenwriter and director Niall Leonard in 1987 and has two teenage boys. But something happened along the way to menopause. She read the Twilight series and it sparked the writing bug in her, big time. James began writing fan fiction of Twilight, under another pen name, Snowqueens Icedragon, and published some of it online. Part of that first work eventually turned into the runaway hit, Fifty Shades of Grey which she published in 2011. The book, characterized as an erotic romance, has set a number of records, and combined with the follow-up Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed has sold over 70 million copies.
Almost overnight, James’ has become a worldwide celebrity embarking upon book tours and, despite getting heavy criticism from other authors, has become the flag bearer for modern authors and one of the best ever compensated. Forbes listed James as the top earning author in 2013 with over $95 million, including $5 million for the film rights to Fifty Shades of Grey. Her first book became the fastest selling paperback in history and Time magazine named her one of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People” in 2012. She is currently working on her fourth novel.
E.L. James’ Net Worth Could Buy:
E.L. James has enough net worth to give every person in the United Kingdom $.94.