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Which author made the most money in 2016?

authors who made the most money in 2016Which author made the most money in 2016? The name is James Patterson and before reading this report, I didn’t even know about him. And do you have any idea how much he made in 2016? According to Forbes, he made a cool $95 million. Talk about the starving writer.

Beyond a point money is irrelevant but what impressed me was the number of books he is able to churn out. On an average he writes 11 books every year. He seems to be a one-man book-writing factory.

While James Patterson gets to be the author who made the most money in 2016, there is a big gap between the top earning author and the one who comes after him – Jeff Kinney with $19.5 million. Surprisingly, JK Rowling and Stephen King come at third and fifth. John Grisham earns more than Stephen King which is quite surprising but more surprising is that Danielle Steele makes as much money as Stephen King.

Here are the top 10 authors who made the most money in 2016, according to Forbes:

  1. James Patterson  $95 million
  2. Jeff Kinney $19.5 million
  3. JK Rowling $19 million
  4. John Grisham $18 millionn
  5. Stephen King $15 million
  6. Danielle Steel $15 million
  7. Nora Roberts $15 million
  8. EL James $14 million
  9. Veronica Roth $10 million
  10. John Green $10 million

Surprisingly, again, George RR Martin makes quite less compared to the top authors who made the most money in 2016 considering the fact that The Game of Thrones is a rage.

The author who made the most money in 2016, James Patterson – I didn’t even know he existed. Tells me how little I have read or how biased or selective my reading has been so far.