E.L. James is one of 2013's highest-earning celebrities(Read article summary)
James recently topped Forbes's 2013 list of highest-earning authors. She's now also tied for third on its list of highest-earning celebrities.
E.L. James recently came in at number one on Forbesâ€™s list of the highest-earning authors of 2013. Now sheâ€™s hovering near the top of another Forbes ranking.
James tied for third with â€śX Factorâ€ť judge Simon Cowell and radio host Howard Stern on Forbesâ€™s list of the top-earning celebrities. James released the first novel in her â€śFifty Shades of Greyâ€ť trilogy in 2011.
Forbes estimates the amount of money celebrities earn over the course of twelve months. According to the magazine's calculations, James would have taken in something close to $95 million between June 2012 and June 2013. In addition to the massive sales of her erotic series, a movie is now in the works that will be based on â€śGrey.â€ť
The author to come the closest to James on the highest-earning celebrities list was James Patterson, who placed fourth on the Forbes celebrity list this year, directly behind James, Cowell, and Stern. Glenn Beck, author of such books as â€śArguing with Idiots,â€ť placed fifth behind Patterson. Dr. Phil McGraw, author of the book â€śLife Code,â€ť came in at number 11.
In terms of non-author placings, singer Madonna came in at number one and director Steven Spielberg placed second.
Last year, Patterson placed eighth on the list of highest-earning celebrities and was the highest-ranked author, while Beck ranked eleventh and McGraw ranked seventeenth.