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Wealthiest Authors of 2022

Danielle Steel, photo courtesy of the author

Writing a book takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and marketing. While one person creates compelling stories, the publishing team also does the job of marketing them to a broader audience. In 2022, several well-known writers made great strides in increasing their reputation and wealth. Here are just some of the wealthiest authors in 2022:

5. Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel is an American writer and is the fifth richest author in the world. Steel is known for her romantic novels, with an estimated net worth is at least $600 million. If you’re looking for hot and heavy, then a Danielle Steel book may have a home right on your bookshelf! Some recommended reads include the following:

4. Candy Spelling

Aside from being a writer, Candy Spelling is a television personality and theater producer. She was married to Aaron Spelling, who has produced some of the most popular shows in American TV history, including “Charlie’s Angels,” “The Love Boat,” and “Beverly Hills 90210,” the latter starring their daughter, Tori Spelling. Aaron Spelling died in 2006, leaving Candy as the heir to his massive wealth.

Candy’s autobiography, Stories from Candyland,” includes how she met her husband and the glamor of living that Hollywood lifestyle.

3. James Patterson

It’s hard to think of James Patterson without thinking of the adventures of Alex Cross, a detective whose adventures keep you on the edge of your seat. Aside from Alex Cross, Patterson has also written books for other genres, including thriller, non-fiction, and romance. The first person to sell a million e-books with an estimated net worth of $750 million, readers who are not familiar with his works may start with the following:

2. J.K. Rowling

Since penning the adventures of a boy who goes on a train to a magical castle, J.K. Rowling has been on cloud nine. Aside from her Harry Potter series, Rowling has also written books under another pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Check out her books, Cormoran Strike a great crime novel series far from wizards, magic, and flying broomsticks!

1. Elisabeth Badinter 

Considered France’s most influential intellectual, Elisabeth is a French philosopher, author, and historian. She is also the largest shareholder in Publicis Groupe, a public relations and advertising company. Said company was also founded by her father in 1926, making her the wealthiest writer with an estimated net worth of $1.6 billion.


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