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The hugely popular Fox News presenter Bill O’Reilly is next entrant on this list. Going by the prolific work he has done in the non-fiction genre, his books titled ‘Killing Lincoln’ and ‘Killing Kennedy’ have helped him to cement his position as an author. With earnings of $28 million, his ardent followers are looking forward to his next titled ‘Killing Jesus’.
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The creator of the hugely successful book and film franchise ‘The Hunger Games’, Suzanne Collins, enjoys the third spot on this list. With earnings of $55 million, she is also famed for ‘The Underland Chronicles’. This 51 year old author is soon going to see the release of the movie adaptations of her nest two instalments of ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy. Going by the success of the first movie, the next two are sure going to do exceedingly well.
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James Patterson follows E.L. James in the second spot on this list. This 66 year old author has penned the widely successful novel ‘Maximum Ride and Witch and Wizard’. Raking in $91 million dollars for this literary piece, James Patterson, who has already been enjoying this status on best seller lists for the past 37 years is widely known for the creation of the cult series called ‘Cross’. This novel on a character called ‘Alex Cross’ has also been made into a movie named after the titular character.
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After penning a success story like the Fifty Shades trilogy, it is but natural that the 50 year old English author would make it to the top of this list. With earnings of $95 million, she enjoys the top spot. The BDSM based novel has been flying off the shelves and has also inspired a movie adaptation. The first book of the trilogy, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is soon going to turn into a movie and is eyeing release on the 1st of August 2014.
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This woman has been a part of the growing up years of any girl’s life. Her first tryst with literature would have begun with the sentimental novels of Steel like, ‘Zoya’, ‘Mixed Blessings’, ‘Full Circle’, ‘Daddy’, and many more. Over the years these have become bestsellers, and have helped Danielle Steel to sell more than 600 million copies. The 66 year old author currently enjoys the fifth position on this list with earnings of $26 million.
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Post ‘The Da Vinci Code’, there is not a soul in the literary world who has not read or heard about Dan Brown. While churning out bestsellers based on the titular character of Professor Robert Langdon, Dan Brown’s immensely successful novels have often invoked the ire of the church as well. But that has not stopped the author from earning $22 million and coming in at the eighth position on this list.
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The lawyer turned author, John Grisham, concludes the list of the 10 highest earning authors. Earning $18 million, John Grisham has enjoyed celebrity status since the time his novels were adapted for the big screen. Known for his impeccable knowledge of law, Grisham’s bestseller ‘The Racketeer’ has helped to cement his position among authors of repute.