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Joanne "Jo" Rowling (pron.: /ˈrlɪŋ/), OBE FRSL[3] (born 31 July 1965[4]), pen name J. K. Rowling,[5] is a British novelist, best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series. The Potter books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies.[6] They have become the best-selling book series in history,[7] and been the basis for a series of films which has become the highest-grossing film series in history.[8] Rowling had overall approval on the scripts[9] as well as maintaining creative control by serving as a producer on the final instalment.[10]

Born in Yate, Gloucestershire, Rowling was working as a researcher and bilingual secretary for Amnesty International when she conceived the idea for the Harry Potter series on a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990.[11] The seven-year period that followed entailed the death of her mother, divorce from her first husband and poverty until Rowling finished the first novel in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997). Rowling subsequently published 6 sequels—the last, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007)—as well as 3 supplements to the series. In 2012, Rowling parted with her agency and resumed writing in the form of a tragicomedy novel aimed at adult readership, entitled The Casual Vacancy. Rowling has said she is currently working on two books—one aimed for adults, the other for children younger than the Harry Potter audience, and she expects the latter to be published first.

Rowling has led a "rags to riches" life story, in which she progressed from living on social security to multi-millionaire status within five years. She is the United Kingdom's best-selling author since records began, with sales in excess of £238m.[12] The 2008 Sunday Times Rich List estimated Rowling's fortune at £560 million ($798 million), ranking her as the twelfth richest woman in the United Kingdom.[13]Forbes ranked Rowling as the forty-eighth most powerful celebrity of 2007,[14] 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 fans.[15] In October 2010, Rowling was named the "Most Influential Woman in Britain" by leading magazine editors.[16] She has become a notable philanthropist, supporting such charities as Comic Relief, One Parent Families, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain and Lumos (formerly the Children's High Level Group).

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J.K. Rowling Loses Billionaire Status by Being a Lovely and Charitable Person

J.K. Rowling Loses Billionaire Status by Being a Lovely and Charitable Person | J.K. Rowling | Scoop.it
Just when you thought J.K. Rowling couldn't be any more magical, she goes and gets booted from the Forbes list of the World's Billionaires after giving away a huge sum of her earnings to charity.
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J.K. Rowling

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J.K. Rowling official website. Welcome to J.K. Rowling's new website, the home of information about the author's life and work.
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Did you know the author of "Harry Potter" is a woman? Did you know she was born in England?

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What does JK Rowling do with her money?

She doesn't blink at splashing out £75,000 on a week's holiday, but refuses to pay designer prices for clothes. So what does JK Rowling (worth £600m) really do with all that money?
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JK Rowling's Charitable Giving Boots Her From 'Forbes' Billionaire List

JK Rowling's Charitable Giving Boots Her From 'Forbes' Billionaire List | J.K. Rowling | Scoop.it
Even Harry Potter's wizardry couldn’t have prevented this blow. JK Rowling, the first female novelist billionaire, recently lost her exclusive status because of some very good deeds.
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