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Wizard year as JK Rowling tops author earnings list

By Francesca Gosling

Harry Potter creator JK Rowling has been named the world's most highly-paid author.

The British writer had earnings of $95m (approximately £72m) this year.

She beat the likes of Dan Brown, Stephen King and John Grisham to top Forbes' list of the 10 highest earners in the global industry for the first time in almost 10 years.

The announcement comes soon after her legions of worldwide fans celebrated the 20th anniversary of her first instalment of the boy wizard series.

She has written a further six Harry Potter titles, which have been turned into eight blockbuster feature films, and she last year made her screenwriting debut with a prequel movie, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.

The 52-year-old began writing about the wizarding world while struggling to make ends meet living as a single mother on benefits in Edinburgh. The books' popularity soon made her a multi-millionaire.

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