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'Potter' author, actors on new Forbes lists Popular (1226) Source: Forbes J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series is includedopens in new window on the newly updated Forbes "World's Billionaires" listopens in new window with a net worth of $1 billion dollars. Actors Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson made the "Hollywood's Most Valuable Young Stars" list as well. J.K. Rowling: Net Worth: $1.0 bil Fortune: self made Source: Harry Potter Age: 43 Country Of Citizenship: United Kingdom Residence: Edinburgh Industry: Media Education: University of Exeter, Bachelor of Arts / Science, Marital Status: married, 3 children World's richest author. Harry Potter author named highest earning celebrity last year by Forbes, for taking home $300 million. Her 7 books in the series about a teenage wizard and his school chums has sold 400 million copies worldwide. A box office blockbuster, the 5 Harry Potter films released so far have grossed more than any other motion picture franchise in history. Sixth film scheduled for release this summer. Sales of Potter-related products, of which she gets a cut, has been reported to be in excess of $15 billion. Says she won't write any more Harry Potter books but released wizard fairytale book, Tales of Beedle the Bard, in December 2008; proceeds from that book will go to a children's charity. Her personal story is nearly as magical as the fiction she writes: single mother living on welfare in a coldwater flat in Edinburgh, Scotland, Rowling completed her first story of the teenage wizard in 1997. A year later Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was published in the U.S. and became a children's literary sensation.