'Fifty Shades' of Green! E.L. James Tops Forbes’ Top-Earning Authors List
E.L. James is rolling in dough, thanks to her kinky “Fifty Shades of Grey” romance trilogy, which just landed her in first place on Forbes’ top-earning authors list after raking in $95 million between June 2012 and June 2013.
In addition to the hot sales, James also pocketed $5 million for the rights to a film version of the sexy story.
Fellow author James Patterson took the No. 2 spot on the Forbes list, earning a cool $91 million, for his massively popular thrillers and newly added young adult fiction.
“Hunger Games” author Suzanne Collins was in third with $55 million, while FOX News host Bill O’Reilly came in fourth with $28 million. Danielle Steele, queen of the romance novel, was close behind with $26 million.
For the full list, visit Forbes.com.