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Sunday, 22 April, 2001, 08:07 GMT 09:07 UK
Magician author's Potter gold
JK Rowling
J K Rowling at Buckingham Palace last month
The magical adventures of Harry Potter have helped Edinburgh-based author J K Rowling conjure up a place in the Sunday Times Rich List for Scotland.

The 35-year-old author is one of 10 newcomers to the list, with a fortune estimated to be 65m.

Other Scots on the list for the first time include Iain and Sheena Graham who run a Renfrewshire company which develops software for call centres with a fortune of 150m.

Walter Scott, of Edinburgh investment management group Walter Scott & Partners, is also a new entrant with 72m.

Ms Rowling is one of only 69 women who make up the list of the UK's 1,000 wealthiest.

Girls reading Harry Potter books
30 million books have been sold worldwide
Harry Potter has become one of the world's best known children's characters.

Coca-Cola signed a 103m deal in February to secure the global marketing rights for the first Harry Potter film - Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone.

Ms Rowling - who has sold more than 30 million books - was at Buckingham Palace last month to receive an OBE for services to children's literature.

Top of the Scottish newcomers list is Paul van Vlissingen - the largest foreign landowner in Scotland.

His fortune is estimated at 420m by The Sunday Times and comes from SHV Holdings, a Dutch oil, gas, transport, retail and financial services group.

Glasgow-born Dave King - of Dave King Finance - is second with a fortune of 200m.

Of the 1,000 entrants on the main rich list, 68 were born, live or have interests centred in Scotland. That compares with 67 last year.

The valuations for this year's rich list were carried out in January and the combined wealth of the 1,000 entrants, who need 35m to qualify, is 157bn.

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