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J.K. Rowling : Success story of the ‘Harry Potter’ author.
One of only five self-made female billionaires, and the first billion-dollar author.

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Joanne Rowling, writing under the pen names J. K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith is a British novelist best known as the author of the Harry Potter book series. The books were translated into 73 different languages and sold more than 450 million copies. They have become the best-selling book series in history. Also, they have been the basis for a series of films, which is ranked as the second highest-grossing film series in history.


Rowling has lived a "rags to riches" life story, in which she progressed from living on state benefits to being the world's first billionaire author. She lost her billionaire status after giving away much of her earnings to charity, but remains one of the wealthiest people in the world. She is the United Kingdom's bestselling living author, with sales in excess of £238M. The 2016 Sunday Times Rich List estimated Rowling's fortune at £600 million, ranking her as the joint 197th richest person in the UK.

Divorce, and Returning Home

In December 1993, Rowling and her then infant daughter moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, to be near Rowling's sister with three chapters of what would become Harry Potter in her suitcase. Seven years after graduating from university, Rowling saw herself as a failure. Her marriage had failed, and she was jobless with a dependent child, but she described her failure as liberating and allowing her to focus on writing. During this period, Rowling was diagnosed with clinical depression and contemplated suicide. Her illness inspired the characters known as Dementors, soul-sucking creatures introduced in the third book. Rowling signed up for welfare benefits, describing her economic status as being "poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless."

At that time, it seemed that band of misfortunes and poverty would never end. All of the problems that had fallen on her head knocked her out of the rut. Joanne could forget about everything only sitting at the writing desk. However, all those failures helped her to become stronger, or else Rowling would never know how to succeed.

Successful Publication of the First Book

In June 1997, Bloomsbury published Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with an initial print-run of 1,000 copies. 500 copies of the book were distributed to libraries. Today, such copies are estimated between £16,000 ($25,000) and £25,000 ($39,000). On the day of the presentation, Joanne had to read out the passages from her book to the visitors of the shop. Just a few people came to listen to the unknown writer. Nevertheless, she felt herself triumphal. When readers tasted the tale, the boom began. Five months later, the book won its first award, a Nestlé Smarties Book Prize.

Rich and famous

Together with her ‘Harry Potter’ Film Series, she would be very rich and famous. In 2017, Rowling was worth an estimated £650 million according to the Sunday Times Rich List. She was named the most highly paid author in the world with earnings of £72 million ($95 million) a year by Forbes in 2017.

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Her 1988 TaYun was bad with Bing 丙 fire revealed.
Her 1998 TaYun was good with Ding 丁 fire revealed.
Her 1998 TaYun was her best TaYun with fire (丁 instead of 丙).
Both with fire why one was so bad and the other was so good? Why, her three earlier TaYun all with favorable Ten Gods 十神 revealed but she was not successful? This is a difficult one.

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