J. K. Rowling or Joanne Rowling bio Wednesday, Apr 21 2010 


Joanne “Jo” Murray, OBE (née Rowling; born 31 July 1965), better known under the pen name J. K. Rowling, is a British author best known as the creator of the Harry Potter fantasy series, the idea for which was conceived whilst on a train trip from Manchester to London in 1990.

Joanne Rowling bio

Joanne Rowling bio

The Potter books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, sold more than 400 million copies, and been the basis for a popular series of films.

Aside from writing the Potter novels, Rowling is perhaps equally famous for her “rags to riches” life story, in which she progressed from living on welfare to multi-millionaire status within five years.

The 2008 Sunday Times Rich List estimated Rowling’s fortune at £560 million ($798 million), ranking her as the twelfth richest woman in Britain.

Forbes ranked Rowling as the forty-eighth most powerful celebrity of 2007, and Time magazine named her as a runner-up for its 2007 Person of the Year, noting the social, moral, and political inspiration she has given her fandom.

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Forbes Richest Celebrities 2010 Friday, Apr 16 2010 


The world has a new richest man 2010, according to Forbes.

Mark Zuckerberg – $4 Billion

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Mark, 25, is the youngest billionaire in the world. He’s the face behind Facebook, and the undisputed champ of social networking. Speaking of which, he’ll be portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg in ‘The Social Network,’ due in theaters this fall.

Oprah Winfrey – $2.7 Billion

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah is arguably the most powerful person in entertainment. She turns authors into instant celebs, down home chefs into chain restauranteurs and doctors into blockbuster gurus. She’s turned us into believers, and you know we’ll tune in when the Oprah Winfrey Network launches later this year

Mikhail Prokhorov – $13.4 Billion

Mikhail Prokhorov

Mikhail Prokhorov

If this galavanting Russian industrialist isn’t quite a celebrity yet, he will be shortly. The 6’7″ 44-year-old recently bought a controlling stake in the NBA’s New Jersey (soon to be Brooklyn) Nets. He’s notoriously single — see his arrest on “pimping” charges in 2007, for which France recently apologized. Basically, he’s about to be the King of New York.

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