Rowling & Radcliffe on Forbes 'Celebrity 100' list
June 11, 2008 at 8:55 PM ET
HPANA (via Forbes.com)
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Once again, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling graces a list from Forbes magazine. Ms. Rowling, as well as actor Daniel Radcliffe, are both included in this year's Forbes 'Celebrity 100' list and join such notables as Oprah Winfrey, Miley Cyrus, Tiger Woods, Angelina Jolie and The Police.
Ms. Rowling entered the list at number 9:
It was wizardry that transformed J.K. Rowling from a destitute single mother on welfare into a best-selling billionaire. Her adventures of teenage magician Harry Potter and his classmates at Hogwarts became a children's literary sensation in 1998 with the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. It and the six subsequent books have now sold 375 million copies worldwide. The final one, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, has sold 44 million since it was published last July, including 15 million in the first 24 hours.
Meanwhile, actor Daniel Radcliffe was number 64 on the list:
Last summer the British-born boy wizard, 18, signed a jaw-dropping contract worth an estimated $50 million to continue his leading role in the last two installments of the Harry Potter series. (The final story, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, has since split into two movies, meaning even more cash for him.) He also played the title role in the BBC's TV movie My Boy Jack, a World War I story about Rudyard Kipling's ill-fated son, and he'll be baring all on Broadway in Equus.