E.L. James is highest-ranked author on the Forbes Celebrity 100(Read article summary)
James came in at number 42 on Forbes's list, the highest spot of any author, with writer James Patterson close behind.
A writer who was unknown as little as three years ago is now the highest-ranked author on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list.
â€śFifty Shades of Greyâ€ť writer E.L. James came in at the 42nd spot on the Forbes list, the highest of any author. James, whose real name is Erika Leonard, released her first book in the trilogy in 2011. James was also named to Time Magazineâ€™s 100 Most Influential People list in 2012. The selection of the writer as the Publishing Person of the Year in 2012 by Publishers Weekly â€“ the first author ever to receive that honor â€“ caused a bit of an outcry. (The New York Daily News headline on the story: â€śCivilization ends.â€ť)
While James comes in at 42 on the Forbes list, other writers made the cut as well. James Patterson, author of â€śSecond Honeymoonâ€ť among many other titles, came in at number 49, while list mainstays Stephen King and J.K. Rowling occupied the 75th and 82nd spots, respectively, and â€śThe Hunger Gamesâ€ť author Suzanne Collins ranked at number 87.
Overall, media titan Oprah Winfrey was number one on the list, while singer Lady Gaga took the second spot, and director Steven Spielberg came in at number three. Singer Beyonce was the fourth on the list, while Madonna came in at number five.
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