JK Rowling Net Worth 2022 (Forbes) – Husband, Height, House, Quotes

With income from the Harry Potter books and films, JK Rowling has amassed a net worth of $1 Billion as of 2022.

Rowling’s story is a typical rag to riches story – from living on government assistance to becoming a multi-millionaire author. Her life took a complete 180-degree turn when the first book of her imagined dream appeared on the book table under the name “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” 

And so began the journey of Harry Potter and his creator across King’s Cross station, taking both the character and the author to the zenith of success and popularity. Today, the Harry Potter series, consisting of 7 books and 8 films, is the best-selling series of all time, worth billions of dollars, and the highest-grossing film series in history.

Today we’re going to discuss how much money JK Rowling has and how she builds her net worth.

At the end of this article, we will also tell you how to get rich like JK Rowling. So be sure to read to the end.

JK Rowling Net Worth 2022: Is She A Billionaire?

Rowling is a British author and movie producer with a net worth of $1 billion. She is the creator of the “Harry Potter” fantasy series, one of the most popular book and movie series in history. The series has sold more than 500 million copies and has been turned into a blockbuster film franchise. From her various endeavors, JK earns between $50 and $100 million each year. From June 2018 to June 2019, she earned $90 million. 

She wrote her first book while unemployed and living on welfare. Today, the Harry Potter series is worth an estimated $15 billion. As a global brand, it has set world records in literary circles and remains the most popular fiction tale. The last four books in the series have broken all records to become the fastest-selling books in history, with the last bookselling a record 11 million copies on the first day of its release in the UK and US. 

The books have been translated into 65 languages, making her the UK’s best-selling author with estimated sales of over £238 million.

In 1995, she finished the legendary book “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” She was given the green light by Barry Cunningham of Bloomsbury after being rejected by some 12 publishers and editors.

The first edition of the book was printed in 1,000 copies, 500 of which were distributed to libraries.

The phenomenal success of the first book in the Harry Potter series helped her win an £8,000 grant from the Scottish Arts Council. She also made money by selling the rights to publish the book in the United States to Scholastic Inc.

She moved into an apartment in Edinburgh and delved further into the series, depicting the life of Harry Potter, his school Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and his friends, the knotty Hermione Granger and the confused Ron Weasley.

In 1998, she published a sequel to the book titled Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The book, like its predecessor, was well received and captivated audiences, leaving them wanting more.

The wait was short, as the third book in the series, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” was published in 1999. By the summer of 2000, three of the seven books in the series had already grossed $480 million in sales, and more than 35 million copies had been printed in 35 languages.

Fan enthusiasm for the Harry Potter series was so great that it had to drop the fourth book in order to give the other books a fair chance.

Meanwhile, the Harry Potter series has become the most profitable franchise for filmmakers due to its overwhelming success. Because of the success of her writing, Warner Bros. signed a deal with her to produce a film adaptation of the series.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, her fourth book, was released on July 8, 2000. The book broke all previous records and set new ones in the literary world of fiction. More copies were sold on the very first day than of “The Prisoners of Azkaban” in its first year!

The film adaptation of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” was released in 2001. The film was a box office success, grossing $90.3 million in its first weekend. The next film in the series, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” was released in 2002.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” her fifth novel in the series, was published in 2003, and the sixth book, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” came out in 2005. With nine million copies sold on the first day, it set a new record in the world of literature.

Meanwhile, interest in film adaptations of the novels has reached a new high.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” hit theaters in 2004, followed by “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” in 2005.

The final book in the series, titled “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” was released on July 21, 2007. With 11 million copies sold on the first day of release in the UK and the US, it became the fastest-selling book of all time. The film adaptation of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” was released in the same year.

The film “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” was released in 2009. The last book in the series was filmed in two parts. While the first part was released in November 2010, the second and final part was released in 2011.

After the phenomenal success of the Harry Potter series, she took a break from writing, but returned to the shelves in 2012 with the adult-oriented The Casual Vacancy. The book, a dark comedy about a local election in the small English town of Pagford, received mixed reviews but sold about a million copies in the first three weeks of publication.

In 2013, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, she presented another book for adults, “The Cuckoo’s Calling.” The mystery novel was initially only moderately received at bookstores. However, when it became known that Rowling was the real author, sales increased by 4,000 percent.

To calculate the net worth of JK Rowling, subtract all her liabilities from her total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity she has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as student loans and credit card debt, are included in total liabilities.

Below is a breakdown of J.K. Rowling’s net worth:

Name: JK Rowling
Net Worth: $1 Billion
Monthly Salary: $7 million+
Annual Income: $90 million+
Source of Wealth: Harry Potter books, movies, amusement park deals

JK Rowling Net Worth Last 5 Years

Net Worth 2022: $1 Billion
Net Worth 2021: $0.9 Billion
Net Worth 2020: $0.75 Billion
Net Worth 2019: $0.65 Billion
Net Worth 2018: $0.5 Billion

How Much Money Does J.K. Rowling Make From Harry Potter Books?

The Harry Potter series is worth about $15 billion right now. It is a worldwide brand that has set world records in the literary world. It is still the most loved fiction story. 

The last four books in the series have sold more copies than any other books in history. The last book in the series sold a record 11 million copies on the first day it was available in the UK and the US. 

The books have been translated into 65 languages and have sold more than £238 million in the UK alone, making her the best-selling author in that country.

Below, let’s take a closer look at how Harry Potter books have contributed to the exponential growth of J.K. Rowling’s net worth. 

‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’

Rowling sold her first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, for the equivalent of around $4,000 after a series of rejections; it was released in June 1997. For American publication, the word “Philosopher” in the book’s original title was altered to “Sorcerer.”

The book was the first of a seven-part series about the adventures of teenage wizard Harry Potter and his motley band of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry classmates.

‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’

The second book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, came out in July 1998.

‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third novel in Rowling’s series, was published in July 1999. The first three Harry Potter books had made almost $480 million in three years, with over 35 million copies in print in 35 languages by the following summer.

‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’

The phenomenal response to Rowling’s books peaked in July 2000, when the fourth volume in the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, became the fastest-selling book of all time within 24 hours. The book achieved an initial print run of 5.3 million copies and advance orders of more than 1.8 million.

‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’

After a postponed release date, the fifth installment, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, hit bookstores in June 2003.

‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’

The sixth installment, released in July 2005, sold 6.9 million copies in the United States in its first 24 hours. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was the biggest opening in publishing history.

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’

The seventh and final installment in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was the most pre-ordered book at Barnes & Noble and Borders bookstores, as well as Amazon.com, prior to its release in July 2007. Rowling has no plans to write more books in the series, although she has not completely ruled out the possibility.

‘The Tales of Beedle the Bard’

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a compilation of five fables mentioned in the Harry Potter books, was launched on December 4, 2008, at a tea party for 200 kids at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Rowling donated all revenues from the book to the Children’s High-Level Group (now known as Lumos), a nonprofit she co-founded to help children in Eastern Europe who are hospitalized.

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Play

In June 2016, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a two-part play written by Jack Thorne and based on an original idea by Thorne, Rowling, and director John Tiffany, premiered on the London stage to a sold-out audience.

Although she had originally stated that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows would be the final book in the series, the play stars an adult Harry Potter and was officially announced as the eighth installment in the series.

The cast of the play differs from that of the original films. The following month, as with the previous books, fans lined up in bookstores to read Jack Thorne’s script for Harry Potter and the Enchanted Child at Midnight.

How Much Money Does JK Rowling Make From Harry Potter Movies?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, a cinematic adaptation of Rowling’s first book, was released in November 2001, directed by Chris Columbus and starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint.

The picture broke the previous box-office record in its first weekend in the United States, debuting on a record 8,200 screens and earning an estimated $93.5 million ($20 million more than the previous record-holder, 1999’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park). It was the highest-grossing film of 2001 at the conclusion of the year.

The second and third films in the series — Columbus’ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) and Alfonso Cuarón’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) — both broke box office records. Mike Newell directed Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which was released in 2005.

David Yates directed the fifth film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which was released in 2007. The script was written by screenwriter Michael Goldenberg, who took over for Steve Kloves, who wrote the first four films.

In July 2009, Yates directed the film adaptation of the sixth installment, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The final film in the series, directed by David Yates, was released in two parts: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010) and Part 2 (2011).

Here is a list of the worldwide gross for each Harry Potter movie: 

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ($878.75 million)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ($896.68 million)
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ($934.76 million)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ($942.64 million)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part I ($960.43 million)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ($974.71 million)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II ($1.342 billion)

I used the data from the Box Office History for Harry Potter Movies I found on The Numbers and took into account the inflation-adjusted domestic earnings.

With the exception of the unusually low-grossing installment (Prisoner of Azkaban) and the unusually high-grossing installment (Deathly Hallows part 2), the Harry Potter series was remarkably consistent over its 9.5-year span. Chapters 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7 earned between $879 million and $961 million worldwide, a 10% range. 

On a combined budget of $1.155 billion, they earned a total of $7.73 billion global, giving them an average rate of return of 6.7x, which is still pretty damn high for a top-tier franchise blockbuster. 

Back when $150 million was a huge budget for a big movie, some of that can be attributed to the franchise consistently earning over/under $900 million worldwide.

Regardless of whether Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone makes over $1 billion worldwide, every entry would be well over $1 billion if adjusted for inflation.

How Much Money Does JK Rowling Make From ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Film Series?

In 2013, Rowling announced a new film series with Warner Bros. According to Entertainment Weekly, Rowling explained that the movies, based on her 2001 Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, would draw from “the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years,” but “is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the ‘Harry Potter’ series, but an extension of the wizarding world.”

Developed from a script by Rowling — her screenwriting debut — and starring Eddie Redmayne, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was released in November 2016. Following in the footsteps of Rowling’s previous creations that made it to the big screen, Fantastic Beasts dazzled audiences with its depictions of sorcery and grossed more than $800 million worldwide.

The first Fantastic Beasts film – 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – grossed $814 million worldwide. The second film, Fantastic Beasts (2018): The Crimes of Grindelwald, saw a significant drop in both critics and viewers; it grossed $654 million worldwide.

However, due to the dismissal (or involuntary removal) of Johnny Depp, a series of public controversies involving both actor Ezra Miller and screenwriter/producer J.K. Rowling, and waning fan interest, the sequel has not been particularly successful at the box office.

As of 31 May 2022, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore has grossed $95 million in the United States and Canada, and $301.1 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $396.1 million.

In the United States and Canada, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore was projected to gross around $40 million from 4,200 theaters in its opening weekend. The film made $20 million on its first day, including $6 million on the Thursday night previews. It went on to debut at $42.2 million, topping the box office, but marking the lowest opening of the Wizarding World franchise.

How Much Money Does JK Rowling Make From Other Book Royalties?

Apart from the Harry Potter series, JK Rowling also earned book royalties from other books. Most publishers pay royalties based on the retail price of the book. This means that if the retail price is $20 and the royalty rate is 5%, you will earn $1 per book sold.

Although her new books are not as popular as the Harry Potter series, she has still managed to sell over a million copies and collect a considerable amount of book royalties.

Below is a list of JK Rowling’s other books:

‘The Casual Vacancy’

Rowling’s first book aimed at adults, The Casual Vacancy, was published in September 2012. The novel, a dark comedy about a local election in the small English town of Pagford, received mixed reviews.

A book review in The New York Times called the novel “disappointing” and “boring.” A review in The Telegraph, on the other hand, gave the book three stars out of five, noting that “Jane Austen herself would admire the way [Rowling] shows the news of Barry’s death spreading like a virus through Pagford.”

‘Cuckoo Calling,’ ‘The Silkworm,’ ‘Career of Evil,’ and ‘Lethal White’

Rowling made her debut in a new genre, crime fiction, with a novel published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith in April 2013. The crime novel was initially only moderately received at bookstores. However, the revelation that Rowling is the true author boosted sales by 4000 percent. 

Rowling said, according to Bloomberg News, “Because it was such a liberating experience to be Robert Galbraith, I wanted to keep this secret a little longer. It’s been fantastic to publish without anticipation and fanfare, and it’s been a pure joy to get reactions under a new name.”

Rowling published three more books under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith: The Silkworm in June 2014, Career of Evil in October 2015, and Lethal White in September 2018.

How Much Is Harry Potter Franchise Worth?

Today, the Harry Potter franchise is worth an estimated $15 billion. As a global brand, it has set world records in literary circles and remains the most popular fiction tale. 

How Much Does JK Rowling Make A year?

JK Rowling’s annual income is over $90 million.

How Much Are JK Rowling’s Cars Worth?

JK Rowling is rich, so she owns some luxurious cars:

  1. Rolls Royce Phantom – $400,000
  2. Range Rover – $70,990

JK Rowling’s father worked as an engineer at Rolls Royce. It is only logical that the richest woman in the world would choose a Rolls Royce Phantom for her car collection at home. She also owns a Range Rover, which makes her very happy.

What House Does JK Rowling Own?

JK Rowling owns several luxurious houses:

1. Edinburgh home – $3, 5 million

The house was built in the 1800s. It stands in the writer’s garden so that her three children – a daughter from her first marriage, a son and daughter from her second marriage, and a daughter from her third marriage – can walk there in the summer and rest under the tall trees. The house has two floors.

2. Tasmania mansion – $10.7 million

The house shows how the architecture looked in the 19th century. It has 7 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and several living rooms. Next to the house there is a farm and a few other buildings on the property. The house is located on the bank of the river.

How Much Money Has JK Rowling Donated?

JK Rowling has reportedly donated a lot of money over the years. With her wealth and power, JK has supported a wide variety of philanthropic causes. In particular, she demanded that Coca-Cola, who won the product tie-in race for the film series, donate $18 million USD to the American charity Reading is Fundamental and other community programs.

Rowling founded the Volant Charitable Trust in 2001, a foundation that uses its annual budget of £5.1 million to fight childhood poverty and social inequality. She also donates to organizations that help children, single parents, and multiple sclerosis research.

Having been a single mother herself, Rowling is now president of One Parent Families, a charity that helps single-parent families. Rowling was the organization’s first ambassador in 2000. Together with Sarah Brown, wife of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, she has written a book of children’s stories for the benefit of this organization.

In 2001, the charity Comic Relief asked three well-known British writers – chef and television presenter Delia Smith, the creator of Bridget Jones, Helen Fielding, and Rowling – to write three small books based on their most famous works to be published. 

The two books by Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages, are facsimiles of the books from the Hogwarts library. Since they went on sale in March 2001, the books have raised 15.7 million pounds for the fund. The 10.8 million pounds raised outside the United Kingdom went to the nascent International Fund for Children and Young People in Crisis.

In 2005, Rowling and Emma Nicholson, MEP, formed the Children’s High-Level Group. In January 2006, Rowling traveled to Bucharest to speak out against the use of caged beds in children’s psychiatric hospitals. 

To further support CHLG, Rowling auctioned off one of seven manuscripts and illustrated copies of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a series of fairy tales referenced in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. 

In the online bookstore Amazon.com, she auctioned this copy for 1.95 million pounds on December 13, 2007, making it the most expensive modern book ever sold at auction. 

Rowling distributed the remaining copies to those who have a close relationship with the Harry Potter books. In 2008, Rowling agreed to publish the book The Tales of Beedle the Bard, with proceeds going to the Children’s High-Level Group.

JK Rowling’s Awards & Achievements

The French government gave her the prestigious Legion d’honneur and the British government gave her the Order of the British Empire for her great work in the world of literature.

She is proud to have won the National Book Award, the British Book Award, the Hugo Award, the British Book of the Year award, the Locus Award, the Bram Stoker Award, the Hans Christian Anderson Literature Award, and many more. Also, a number of universities and colleges have offered her honorary degrees.

JK Rowling’s Childhood & Early Life

Joanne Rowling was born in Yate, Gloucestershire, England, to James and Anne Rowling. Just a month before Joanne turned 2, her parents were blessed with a second daughter, Dianne.

She went to St. Michael’s Primary School and did well in school before she went to Wyedean School and College. She went to the University of Exeter to get a BA in French and Classics so she could study more.

She started writing stories when she was five. Her first story, called “Rabbit,” was written when she was five. Since then, she has continued to write many stories because she loves to do so.

After she graduated in 1986, she moved to London and started working for Amnesty International as a researcher and bilingual secretary. She also wrote an essay called “What Was the Name of That Nymph Again? or Greek and Roman Studies Recalled,” which was published in the journal Pegasus by the University of Exeter.

JK Rowling’s Personal Life and Husband

On October 16, 1992, she married Jorge Arantes, a Portuguese journalist. The next year, they were lucky enough to have a girl. But they didn’t last long together. On November 17, 1993, they broke up. In August 1994, she asked for a divorce.

In 2001, she married Neil Michael Murray, an anesthesiologist, for the second time. They had a son named David Gordon Rowling Murray and a daughter named Mackenzie Jean Rowling Murray.

She is known for being a good person who helps others. Some of the charities she has helped include Comic Relief, One Parent Families, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain, and Lumos.

JK Rowling Height and Weight

JK Rowling is 5 ft 4 in (1.65 m) tall and she weighs around 54 kg. 

JK Rowling Age and Birthday

JK Rowling was born on July 31, 1965, in Yate, United Kingdom. She is 56 years old as of June 2022.

Favorite JK Rowling Quotes

I think you have a moral responsibility when you’ve been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently.

 

Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power to that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.

 

Death is just life’s next big adventure.

 

Failure means a stripping away of the inessential.

 

The moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.

 

Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.

 

Humans have a knack for choosing precisely the things that are worst for them.

 

Of all the subjects on this planet, I think my parents would have been hard put to name one less useful than Greek mythology to securing the keys to an executive bathroom.

 

It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.

 

In a novel you have to resist the urge to tell everything.

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