British author, humanitarian, film producer, TV producer, and screenwriter JK Rowling’s net worth is $1 billion.
She is renowned for writing the fantasy series Harry Potter which has sold over 500 million copies and has won numerous awards.
Harry Potter is one of the best-selling novel series in history.
The famous Harry Potter movies are based on the books over which Rowling had total consent on the scripts and was also a producer on the final films.
Besides the Harry Potter series, Rowling also writes under the name Robert Galbraith.
Rowling used to work as a researcher and bilingual secretary for Amnesty International when she imagined the idea of the Harry Potter series in 1990 while she was on a late train from Manchester to London.
She published the first novel in the series “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” in 1997.
She had to face serious problems over the seven-year period that followed her mother’s death, her first child’s birth, divorce from her first husband, and even poverty until the first novel was published.
The last sequel of the series was released in 2007. Since the series ended, Rowling has published numerous books for adult readers, such as 2012 The Casual Vacancy under her alias Robert Galbraith.
Rowling has lived the true rags to riches life in which she began from living on benefits to being named the world’s first billionaire author by Forbes.
Despite her name appearing as J.K Rowling on the books, her name was Joanne Rowling before remarriage.
However, to target the young audience, the publishers did not want to read a book written by an older woman; the publishers asked her to use two initials instead of her full name.
As she didn’t have a middle name, she chose K as the second initial from her parental grandmother.
Joanne Rowling was born on July the 31st, 1965, in Yate, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Her mother Anne was a science technician, and her father, Peter James Rowling, was a Rolls-Royce aircraft engineer.
When Rowling was about 2 years old, her parents had her younger sister Dianne. When Rowling was four years of age, the family moved to the nearby village of Winterbourne.
Rowling attended St Michael’s Primary School for primary schooling; after that, she went to Wyeden School and College.
In due course, Rowling took A-levels in English, German and French. She achieved two As and a B and was also s head girl.
Later in her career, she attended the University of Exeter and obtained BA in French and Classics.
|Full Name||Joanne Rowling|
|Net Worth||$ 1 Billion|
|Birth Date||July 31, 1965|
|Known as||J.K Rowling|
|Age||58 years old|
|Birth Place||Yate, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom|
|Education||St Michael’s Primary School, University of Exeter|
|Father’s Name||Peter James Rowling|
|Mother’s Name||Anne Rowling|
|Height||5 Feet and 4 Inch|
|Profession||Author, Film Producer, Philanthropist|
|Active Years||1990 – Present|
|Ex-Husband||Jennifer Esposito (1992-1993)|
|Social Media||Facebook, Twitter|
|Last Update||December, 2023|
Net Worth and Income
Author, Screenwriter, film producer and philanthropist J.K Rowling have a net worth of a staggering $1 billion as of 2021.
She is one of the richest private citizens in the UK and the first author in the world to be included in the billionaires’ list.
However, she has constantly denied her being a billionaire.
She earned fame and fortune from the fantasy novel franchise “Harry Potter,” which has sold over 500 million copies since published for the first time back in 1997.
The books procreated different business empires, including multi-billion dollar movie franchises, theme parks, and merchandise.
Besides Harry Potter, she has authored numerous other books under a different name, and though they are not as equally successful, they still bags her millions.
She was also on the list of producers in Harry potter’s final chapter.
As for income for the books, J.K Rowling’s pay for each Harry Potter sold is not public yet, but if she did go with industry-standard, she might have received 15% per book sold.
Taking into account the total revenue generated by the book, which was about $7.7 billion.
15% of the total revenue is $1.15 billion. Just, for instance, each new paperback sold at $7 would make $1 for Rowling.
The last two books on the series of Harry Potter “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” were sold nine and eleven million copies respectively within twenty-four hours of release.
If we turn back time to check how much the greatest author of all time was paid in advance for the first Harry Potter Book back in 1997, then you might get shocked.
Bloomsbury Publishing paid J.K Rowling just about $3,500 for the first Harry Potter book.
Rowling earns an average of $55-$100 million in a given year from her various activities.
She earned $90 million between June 2018 and June 2019.
J.K Rowling Earnings over the years
|2021||$50 million (Average)|
|2020||$50 million (Average)|
|2019||$55 million (Average)|
She has earned multiple billions in book royalties, movie advances, movie rights, merchandise, and more during her career to date.
Besides the book sales and movie production J.K Rowling earns from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park. Forbes estimates that she bags double-digit million from the park.
Net Worth of J.K Rowling in Different Currencies
Let’s have a look into J.K Rowling’s net worth in different currencies as of December, 2023.
|Pound Sterling||£ 721,850,000|
|Australian Dollar||A$ 1,337,055,000|
|Canadian Dollar||C$ 1,251,250,000|
|Indian Rupee||₹ 74,543,500,000|
J.K Rowling Houses and Cars
Earls Terrace Home, London (Former Home)
The first extensive home she ever bought was the Earls Terrace is a street in Kensington, London. The 19th century home had 5,017 square feet of living space.
The six-story house additionally featured a 33-foot indoor swimming pool, a steam room, and a gym. It had underground parking for two cars.
The house was sold for $13 million. At one point, Madonna also owned the property.
Tasmania mansion, Australia (Former Residence)
The mansion is located nearby to the town of Perth on the South Esk River. She purchased this 19th-century mansion for $10.7 million. It has seven bedrooms, multiple living rooms, and three bathrooms.
Situated at the river bank, the house has a farm around and several additional buildings on its territory.
Edinburgh home (Former Home)
This 19th-century Victorian mansion was sold back in 2012 for $3.6 million. She wrote four of her seven Harry Potter books in this house.
The house looked old and classic from the outside, but it featured extremely modern amenities from the interior.
The two-floor house boasted eight bedrooms, an office room, a spacious kitchen, a summer house, and a double-car garage.
Her then-husband also built a treehouse in the backyard for children, which alone cost $3 00,000.
The couple had to apply for a planning permission to knock down $1.3 million next to theirs to build the treehouse.
At one point, the house was known as fortress Rowling because of its fences, security, and reinforced doors.
Killiechassie House, Scotland (Current Residence)
J.K married her current husband, Dr. Neil Murray, in the library of this home.
She later purchased all the surrounding property to ensure that the house was protected from media attention, spending close to 2 million pounds in the process.
However, the purchase price for the house was kept undisclosed.
The house was built in 1865, and it features seven bedrooms and extended two bedrooms, making it a total of nine bedrooms.
The property has a state of the art security with CCTV cameras all around with 24/7 surveillance.
Besides these, JK also owned the church cottage in Gloucester, United Kingdom.
Rowling owns two beautiful and luxurious wheels. In fact, the cars she owns can be regarded as the epitome of luxury.
Let’s check them out
Rolls Royce Phantom
As its name signifies, Rolls Royce is the benchmark of luxury and coolness. Her father used to be the engineer for Rolls Royce that might be the reason she laid her hands on one of these bad boys or the other way around.
The car costs about $400,000 and comes equipped with a 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12 engine that pumps 563 brake horsepower and 664-pound feet of torque.
But don’t let its luxury and size fool you. It still can go from 0-60 in just 5.5 seconds and has a top speed of 240 km per hour.
Rolls Royce Phantom is not the only British automobile she owns. She is also the proud owner of Range Rover. This luxury and capable SUV costs over $70,990 and comes equipped with a 5.0-liter V8 engine that generates 565 brake horsepower and 700-pound feet of torque.
It is also capable of 0-62 miles an hour in 5.9 seconds and can reach the top speed of 140 miles an hour.
Most successful authors in the world have a pretty disciplined daily routine and lifestyle.
She is pretty down-to-earth despite being the richest author in the world. Her biggest hobby is as we all know, is writing. On a typical writing day, she starts working at around 9 in the morning and continues until 3 in the afternoon before taking a break. That means she writes for six hours straight.
She also says that the earlier she starts the day, the more productive she gets.
Authors like being in a quiet and peaceful environment to write no wonder she buys her neighborhood.
Everyone knows the success of J.K Rowling, her living in a million dollars mansion, driving half-million dollars exotic cars, but only a few know the struggle of Joanne Rowling those sleep nights, a hungry stomach, and frustrated minds.
Rowling had gone thru bad days in her life when she moved to Edinburg back in 1993 with a four-month-old daughter, no job, and in her bag three chapters of a novel about wizards.
She would carry her baby into a stroller and walk until the baby fell asleep, then sit in a café and write as much as she could. Also, her mother’s death and recent divorce kept roaring in her head.
But fortunately, those days are history. She’s been married to Dr. and is living a blissful life with fame and fortune.
In her free time, she likes giving back to the unfortunates.
As for her fashion, she loves SUPER Lucia Sunglasses, Christian Louboutin Bianca Platform Pump, Lanvin Resort, Dolce & Gabbana, and Giuseppe Zanotti Platform Gladiator Sandals.
As for her charity, let’s start with her total charity so far.
Until today she has personally donated not less than $150 million to charity. If that’s not philanthropy, then you tell me what is?
Rowling has utilized her hard-earned wealth to support numerous charitable foundations and causes.
She founded the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic at the University of Edinburgh.
The clinic is named for her mother, who underwent several sclerosis; J.K. funded the clinic with an initial $16 million donation.
Similarly, in 2001 she established the Volant Charitable Trust with the main motive of fighting childhood property.
She has been actively involved in multiple poverty and social inequality charitable foundations.
Likewise, she demanded that Coca-Cola, who won the product tie-in race for the film series, donate $18 million to the American charity Reading is Fundamental and other community programs.
Movies and Book Publications
As far as it is concerned with appearing on the screen, JK Rowling likes working behind the screen.
She has 53 credits altogether as a writer, according to IMDB. Similarly, she has 11 credits as a producer.
She is known as the story creator of the blockbuster Harry Potter and all its franchises.
- 2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
- 2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- 2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- 2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- 2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- 2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- 2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
- 2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Apart from Harry Potter, Warner Bros, and Rowling declared a scheduled series of five films to be scripted and co-produced by Rowling in 2013, about the character Newt Scamander author of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them.”
The first on the series was released in 2016, followed by the second in 2018.
As for producing movies, Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them 3 is under post-production.
Similarly, two movies have been announced: Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them 5 and Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them 4.
Box Office collection of J.K Rowling
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Author J.K Rowling has written over 19 books that we know of, including seven series of Harry Potter, few crime books under the alias Robert Galbraith and few children books.
She is the record-breaking highest-selling author in the entire world. Her books have been sold over 500 million copies and have been translated into numerous languages globally.
Some of the books written by the author with their release date
- Harry Potter Franchise (26th July 1997-21 July 2007)
- 10 November 2020 The Ickabog
- 12 October 2021 The Christmas Pig
- 2012 The Casual Vacancy
Rowling first got married to a Portuguese journalist Jorge Arantes in 1992. They had a child named Jessica in Portugal on July 27, 1993.
Unluckily the marriage did not work out, so the couple separated the year their child was born.
Later that year, Rowling, along with her daughter, moved to Edinburgh, Scotland.
She was a single mom on welfare and used to work on the first book on the series “Harry Potter” the entire time.
This was a really hard time for her. She struggled with severe depression and even contemplated suicide.
She published her first book for the series in 1997.
In 2001 she married Dr. David Murray, and the couple has two children along with the daughter from a previous marriage.
Mother’s death heavily influenced Rowling’s writing and can be felt in the character of Harry and how he dealt with his loss.
Facts about J.K Rowling
- Rowling is protective about her family in 2003; she hired a former SAS officer as her bodyguard to patrol her Perth home and protect her family.
- The books on Harry Potter have been translated into 65 languages around the world.
- After Rowling graduating, she moved to Porto, Portugal, to become an English teacher.
- Only one character of Harry Potter is inspired by a real person Gilderoy Lockhart, the boisterous, fraudulent professor.
Was Harry Potter Stolen Idea?
Some speculations have been made that Rowling stole the idea from the British author’s book The Adventures of Willy the Wizard but are no proof.
But if one comes up with the proof, it would be a billion-dollar lawsuit.