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[edit] Biography

Joanne "Jo" Rowling, OBE[2] (born 31 July 1965),[3] better known as J. K. Rowling (play /ˈroʊlɪŋ/ roh-ling),[4] is a British author best known as the creator of the Harry Potter fantasy series, the idea for which was conceived on a train trip from Manchester to London in 1990.[5] The Potter books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, sold more than 400 million copies[6] and been the basis for a popular series of films, in which Rowling had overall approval on the scripts[7] as well as maintaining creative control by serving as a producer on the final instalment.[8]

Rowling is perhaps equally famous for her "rags to riches" life story, in which she progressed from living on benefits to multi-millionaire status within five years. As of March 2011, when its latest world billionaires list was published, Forbes estimated Rowling's net worth to be US$1 billion.[9] The 2008 Sunday Times Rich List estimated Rowling's fortune at £560 million ($798 million), ranking her as the twelfth richest woman in Great Britain.[10] Forbes ranked Rowling as the forty-eighth most powerful celebrity of 2007,[11] and Time magazine named her as a runner-up for its 2007 Person of the Year, noting the social, moral, and political inspiration she has given her fandom.[12] In October 2010, J. K. Rowling was named 'Most Influential Woman in Britain' by leading magazine editors.[13] She has become a notable philanthropist, supporting such charities as Comic Relief, One Parent Families, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain, and Lumos (formerly the Children's High Level Group).

[edit] Date of Birth

July 31, 1965

[edit] References

Biogrphical Information from J K Rowling's Website