Let me introduce you to James Patterson, the richest author in the world, who is known for selling 9.5 million domestic copies in a year. His total net worth is $87 million.
Background and academics
According to James Patterson’s own website, Patterson comes from a humble background. Born to an insurance salesman, who was a school teacher as well, James was raised in Newburgh, New York. Writing came to him naturally and he started writing casually at the tender age of 19.
After graduating from Manhattan College in 1969, he went on to join the graduate program in English from Vanderbilt University, but soon dropped out. Later on, he joined an advertising agency and started working as a junior copywriter. He was quite hard working and ambitious. Soon, he was promoted as the CEO of its North American company.
Patterson’s total net worth is $87 million and he is famous around the world for his earnings as an author.
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TV shows and filmsbased on his work Several of his works have been considered for screening on television and adaptation as films. Recently, as a remarkable breakthrough in his career as a novelist, he has signed an estimated seven figure agreement for co-writing his upcoming thriller novel, “The President Is Missing”, with former President Bill Clinton. It will be the first novel co-authored by Clinton. Its television version will be developed by Showtime. The novel is expected to be unveiled on 4th June, 2018.
By January 2016, Patterson had sold more than 350 million copies of his books globally.
He also maintains the Guinness Book of World Records, for the maximum number of New York Times best sellers.
Apart from thriller novels, he loves writing for kids, middle-aged people and youngsters.
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Patterson’s first novel was published in 1976, when he was still working with J Walter Thompson. Initially, he had to struggle to get his first novel published. His novel ended up winning Edgar Award as his exemplary debut novel. In 1993, his novel Along Came a Spider that featured Alex Cross, became his first NYT bestseller in fiction.
In 2001, the movie adaptation of Along Came a Spider featured Morgan Freeman as Alex Cross. Another movie adaptation of Patterson’s novel Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life was released in multiplexes across the US in the year 2016.
Patterson is also known for his extraordinary philanthropic work. It’s majorly focused toward encouraging young children to become avid readers.
Patterson received the following awards
Edgar Award The International Thriller of the Year Award Children’s Choice Award for Author of the Year National Book Foundation’s 2015 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community National Parenting Publications Honors Awards International Reading Association’s Young Adults’ Choices Booklist London Times Book Sense Children’s Pick 2011 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award, Nominee Children’s Choice Book Awards Author of the Year 2010 for Max Nominee, 2011 Teen Choice Book of the Year (Fang) and 2012
James Patterson is not just a writer, he is a man with a mission. His passion and hard work to promote reading habits has paid off. He will continue to surprise us in the years to come through his work.
Born on July 31st 1965, in Chipping Sodbury Near Bristol, England, Joanne Rowling, also known as JK Rowling is a famous British author, who is known worldwide for her popular Harry Potter children’s book series.
Her net worth
JK Rowling is also famous for amassing a fortune of $850 million, which makes her one of the richest persons in the world. On paper, she is considered even richer than Queen Elizabeth II. The source of her wealth is the royalty earned through her Harry Potter series of books of which she has sold more than 450 million copies and also its movie franchise that has earned her around $8 billion. She is also known for her generous charities. She has donated about $150 million to different charities.
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Her struggleas a single mother
Just like other successful authors, Rowling also had her fair share of trials and difficulties in life. You won’t believe it but when she was writing her first book, she was struggling as a divorcee and a single mother in Scotland. Her moment of glory came, when her first novel Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone was published.
With unprecedented response and success of this fantasy novel worldwide, JK Rowling had also become a popular author, who bagged a place in the New York Times bestseller list. She is doing well both in the publication industry and in her film franchise business. In 2016, two of her movies “Where to find them” and “Fantastic Beasts” were released along with the play titled as “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”.
Part of her success as writer is due to the fact that Rowling is able to touch readers at an emotional level.
Joanne Rowling spent her childhood in different British cities such as Winterbourne, Gloucestershire until she was nine and then her family moved to Chepstow, Wales. JK Rowling was quite fond of reading books since her childhood. She was always surrounded by books as reading was her passion. You will be surprised to know that she wrote her first book when she was just 6 years old and the title of the story was “Rabbit”.
Her journey as a writer
She wrote a novel about seven cursed diamonds and the people who owned them, when she was barely 11 years old. In 1990, she lost her mother. In 1991, she moved to Portugal to teach English language. Romance was in the air and she fell in love with a Portuguese journalist Jorge Arantes and got married to him. She gave birth to a beautiful daughter Jessica in 1993. The marriage didn’t last and she was divorced by her husband after a heated argument. This completely changed her life she took her little daughter and moved to live with her younger sister Dianne in Edinburgh. In Edinburgh, she used to write in café’s when her child had a nap.
JK Rowling joined University of Exeter and studied French and classics. Her knowledge of classics came in handy, when she was writing the spells in Harry Potter. She first got an idea for Harry Potter in 1990. She kept on writing for the next five years and planned to write a seven book series on the topic. Her initial work was in the form of scattered notes. In 1993, when she had already written a few chapters of the book “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, she found herself struggling financially as a single mum.
She shared the manuscript of her book with various publishers and after initial rejections got some positive response. The books saw the light of the day when Bloomsbury decided to publish it in 1997. Rowling, had become an international celebrity writer in 1999, when the first three books of Harry Potter series occupied all the top 3 slots at the New York Times International bestseller list.
J.K. Rowling’s Website
JK Rowling had launched a website Pottermore in 2014, in which she publishes stories and additional information about her book series and movies related to Harry Potter.
J K Rowling calls herself a Christian, as far as her faith is concerned, but sometimes she doubts her faith. She shares a bitter sweet relationship with media. She has taken numerous actions against press and she dislikes the nature of their reporting. Currently, she lives in Scotland with her Scottish husband Neil Murray, her son David (born 2003), youngest daughter Mackenzie (born 2005) and eldest daughter Jessica (born 1993) from her former husband. By nature, she is quiet and introspective and loves her privacy.
“As long as we are persistent in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time.” Denis Waitley
A born philanthropist
It won’t be an exaggeration to say that Devin Thorpe is a born philanthropist. However, he could not choose a career in philanthropy or writing during his academics, because that was not considered a lucrative career those days. He instead chose finance as it was considered more rewarding. He did well in finance and worked for a big multinational company as a CFO. He also founded an investment bank, which was later registered on NASDAQ. But, all that couldn’t satisfy him as a person.
He always wanted to go back to his favorite activity i.e. helping people and making this world a better place. It was probably his divine call. It took him three decades to realize his dream, but the wait was worth it.
A writer, a philanthropist and a public speaker
At present, Devin Thorpe is a columnist at Forbes magazine. He also runs a YouTube channel. He advocates and works for social welfare around the globe. Born and brought up in Salt Lake City, Utah, he first discovered his passion for social welfare, when he was just 11 years old.
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Thorpe got an opportunity to digging muck from the basements of a neighborhood near Idaho that was flooded. Initially, he was not very serious about the task, until he had a blissful feeling after performing this task. The feeling was so intense that he resolved to do it more and more. Later on, he never missed an opportunity to serve people.
Devin Thorpe was passionate about writing as a career during his childhood, but it was a common understanding at the time that it will not bring decent income and so the idea was dropped. He joined the bank at the young age of 21, when he was just an undergraduate in the University of Utah pursuing a degree in finance.
Later on, he completed a government internship in banking. Later on, he completed his MBA degree from Cornell University. He learnt a lot about finance and entrepreneurship during his stint as a CFO. His finance career was full of growth and brought him many financial rewards, but somehow he was not fully satisfied. He always wanted to achieve his childhood ambition.
Pursuing his favorite career
In 1997, Devin Thorpe decided that he should pursue his childhood dream and wrote his first book. In 2011, he was fired from the senior position of CFO at a food and beverages company, but that was the last nail in the coffin of his finance career.
Devin Thorpe soon began helping people around the world as his newfound passion. He was also working on his book “Financial Planning” at the time he visited China with his wife to teach in a university. Luckily he was connected with Forbes through a publicist, which provided a boost to his ambition to become an author. He also launched his YouTube channel at the same time. Till now, he has interviewed more than 600 celebrities including billionaires and top executives.
One thing that is common among these celebrities is that they all wanted to make a difference in the world. He is also a passionate speaker and regularly speaks at various seminars, workshops, and conferences globally. He also volunteers 20 hours a week to his Rotary district.
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He spends the rest of the time in writing, conducting interviews, and sharing these interviews on podcasts. He accomplishes a flow state of mind, when he is writing what he is extremely passionate about. He says that speaking sessions consume a lot of energy and need a lot of preparation.
The ultimate objective of any speaker is to wow his audiences. It needs hours of preparation before one is ready to speak. He also spoke at UN and that became a milestone in his career. He was quite excited that business leaders were genuinely interested in using businesses for good and give back to the people.
His regrets and advice to young people
Devin Thorpe regrets the fact that he opted for finance as a career because of peer pressure. He says that one should follow their inner call and should not listen to anyone as far as choosing their career is concerned. To succeed in any stream of career, you must be passionate about it. If you don’t feel passionate, you can never achieve ultimate success in that domain. Here is a list of some of the books they Devin Thorpe has written.
Devin Thorpe’s Books
925 Ideas to Help You save Money, Get Out of Debt and Retire a Millionaire: So You Can Leave Your Mark on the World (Dec 19, 2012)
Want to be happy with your money? This book by Thorpe is a collection of more than 150 essays on personal and family finance to help you fix your financial woes. It contains tips to be frugal and how invest smartly. 925 Ideas is an incredible book that will help you live a life of financial freedom and peace. It contains tips on topics such as finding agreement between you and your spouse on money matters, teaching your kids about the value of money, financing your children’s college education, and living life like a millionaire.
Don’t Just Build a Network, Build a Movement (2 August 2016)
A collections of essays from author Devin D. Thorpe that contains tons of ideas about building a sales network, especially for a social cause and turn it into a movement like force.
Crowdfunding for Social Good: Financing Your Mark on the World (Jul 27, 2013)
A Devin Thorpe’s account of practical and inspiring stories from real life about crowd funding for Social Welfare! How they successfully raised huge funds using crowd funding and actionable tips to enable you to do it.
Your Mark On The World: Stories of service that show us how to give more with a purpose without giving up what’s most important. (Jul 20, 2012)
This book will help you to become the best version of yours. Devin Thorpe has worked very hard to compile his experiences and knowledge to give you practical insights about earning the best returns on your investments without indulging into unnecessary risks. He also offers tips about saving more for your future without compromising with the quality of your life. So, the book will not only help you to live a wealthy life, but also prepare you to leave your mark on the world.
Building Wealth for Building the Kingdom: A Financial Planning Guide for Latter-day Saint Families (Jan 10, 2012)
It’s a simple but practical book from Devin Thorpe about personal finance that will help you to achieve all your financial goals, i.e. how to retire rich and how to finance the higher education for your kids, etc. It will help you take decisions that will change your life forever by learning to save hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Adding Profit by Adding Purpose: The CFO’s CSR Handbook (May 8, 2016)
Do you want to grow a corporate social responsibility program? If you are a CEO or CFO, it can be the ultimate source of information for you. Focused towards C Suite, Devin’s compelling book has actionable tips and ideas for office workers, entrepreneurs and executives alike.
Changing the world as an author, speaker and champion of social good
Devin Porte has achieved a lot in a short span of time as an author, educator and speaker. He calls himself a champion of social good.
He is striving hard to solve some of biggest and most complex universal problems through his work, such as poverty, healthcare issues and environment. His books on personal finance, crowd funding and CSR are read by more than 1 million readers worldwide.
Apart from his keynote at the United Nations, he gets various opportunities to speak in countries like Russia, Brazil, Canada, Australia and many other nations in the world, apart from the US. He has also worked in U.S. Senate Banking Committee staff.