J.K. Rowling has an estimated net worth of $1 billion
J.K. Rowling is a British author with an estimated net worth of $1 billion. She is best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series. Rowling is 5′ 5″ and weighs 130 lbs. Joanne Rowling was born on July 31, 1965 in Yate, England. Rowling’s father was an aircraft engineer and her mother a housewife. She has a younger sister and would read her sibling stories she wrote starting at about six years old. Her adolescence was fairly typical and she did not distinguish herself in her studies, as she was rejected by Oxford University, although she did attend the University of Exeter.
After college, Rowling worked for Amnesty International in London but when she and a boyfriend decided to move to Manchester in 1990, she says she first got the inspiration for what would be her Harry Potter books on a delayed train trip. Although she did not have a pen with her, she thought about the story in detail and when she reached her apartment several hours later she began to write immediately. Not long after, Rowling would move to Portugal to teach English and would continue to write intermittently. She would finish the book in 1995 and set about finding a publisher. In 1997, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone would be published with a run of 1,000 books. Less than half a year later, the book received some awards and the next year it was published in the United States.
The book caught on and Rowling was contracted to continue writing, which she did releasing a book every year from 1997 to 2000. The fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was released at the same time in the US and England and broke sales records in both countries, with 372,775 copies being sold in the UK in the first day and 2 million copies in the first 48 hours in the US. It would be three years till the fifth book, and then two years in between for the sixth and final book in 2007. The film rights to the first two films were bought for over a million dollars in 1998, with subsequent rights exponentially higher. In 2004, Forbes named Rowling the first person to become a billionaire by writing books. She is the 1,062nd richest person in the world. She has published two books since the Potter series ended. Rowling was married from 1992 to 1995 and then again in 2001. She has two daughters and a son.
J.K. Rowling has enough net worth to buy:
1. 17,094,017 Harry Potter Special Edition Paperback Box Sets ($58.50 each)
2. 23,463,163 Wizard Robe costumes ($42.62 each)
3. 85,324,232 Merlin Wig and Beard sets ($11.72 each)
J.K. Rowling has enough net worth to give everyone in the United States $3.15.