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JK Rowling world’s best-paid author

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has been named as the world’s best-paid author, with an earning of £3 million a week.

books Updated: Oct 04, 2008 11:46 IST

Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling has been named as the world’s best-paid author, with an earning of three million pounds a week.

Rowling earns as much as nine of the best-selling authors put together, and she has been able to make much of the profit from the 375 million Harry Potter books that have been sold.

Added to the sale of the books, the 43-year-old mum of three also gets an undisclosed cut from the profit made out of the Potter films, and earns an estimated 100million pounds from toy merchandise.

Besides these, she makes profit from the video games and the Potter images that appear on everything from sticking plasters to sweets.

On October 2, Forbes named Rowling as one of the true “magic stories” of publishing.

“On the big screen, her Potter franchise has already generated 2.1billion pounds at the worldwide box office — and she still has three flicks to come,” the Sun quoted Lacey Rose, a spokeswoman, as saying.

Rowling, believed to be worth 560million pounds, is very humble about her status.

“I know I’m the luckiest woman in the world. I am immensely privileged,” she said.