FILE PHOTO - British writer JK Rowling poses during the launch of new online website Pottermore in Londo
FILE PHOTO - British writer JK Rowling poses during the launch of new online website Pottermore in Londo
FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, British author J.K. Rowling poses for photographers during the unveiling of her new book, entitled: 'The Casual Vacancy', at the Southbank Centre in London.  Rowling's first novel about the wizarding legend Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was published in Britain on June 26, 1997, meaning the books which spawned a series of eponymous tales has turned 20-years old. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, FILE)
FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, British author J.K. Rowling poses for photographers during the unveiling of her new book, entitled: 'The Casual Vacancy', at the Southbank Centre in London. Rowling's first novel about the wizarding legend Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was published in Britain on June 26, 1997, meaning the books which spawned a series of eponymous tales has turned 20-years old. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, FILE)
JK Rowling
JK Rowling

LONDON - JK Rowling has been named the world’s highest paid author – after earning a spell-binding £72 million (R962 million) in the past year.

The author topped the Forbes list following the success of hit film Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, for which she wrote the screenplay, and award-winning West End play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

The 52-year-old – who has previously been said to have a fortune of around £650 million – beat the likes of Dan Brown, Stephen King, Danielle Steel and John Grisham on the list of the ten highest-earning authors. Forbes estimates that Miss Rowling earned £72,183,000 in the year to 31 May – equivalent to £140 per minute.

Miss Rowling previously topped the list in 2008 with earnings of around £170 million, following the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in July 2007.

In second place was American author James Patterson, earning £66 million, ahead of Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney, who came in third with considerably lower earnings of £16 million.

 - DAILY MAIL