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Magical earnings for JK Rowling
JK Rowling
JK Rowling made 77 a minute in 2005 according to Forbes
Harry Potter author JK Rowling has been named the celebrity world's ninth highest earner.

The Edinburgh-based writer made 41m in 2005 according to US business magazine Forbes.

Her books about the boy wizard and accompanying endorsement deals made her the only non-American on the list.

The magazine, who named Hollywood director and producer Steven Spielberg as the highest earning celebrity, said Rowling made 77 a minute last year.

Personal fortune

The 41-year-old is working on the seventh and last instalment of the wizard's adventures at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Worldwide sales of the Potter books are reported to have topped 300 million.

The first four film adaptations have helped make Rowling one of the UK's richest people with an estimated personal fortune of 500m.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates remained the overall richest man in the world, with a net worth of 27bn.

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