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By Andrew Sims (@sims) at 6:53 pm, March 9, 2012

No wonder she’s writing a new book! Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is no longer a billionaire, according to a new list out from Forbes.

As noted by Entertainment Weekly, it’s likely her fortune sunk since last year after a considerable number of donations to charity (upwards of $160 million) and those nasty income taxes.

Is this an issue for Rowling? Of course not. But we’re sure projects like her new book and future Potter ventures will continue to keep her financially fruitful.

  • Jason

    J.K. Rowling isn’t a billionaire anymore? *Looks up biblical signs of the apocalypse*

    • http://twitter.com/Ashia86 Ashia A


  • http://dervish-banges.tumblr.com/ Tariq

    One thing she’ll never have to worry about is having enough money. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000918686388 Peaceful Pearce

    Who cares? She continues to be a kind person and that’s all that matters.

  • http://www.facebook.com/louieschuth Louie Schuth

    Good Heavens!

  • http://twitter.com/Fluffsy S.J.

    The fact that one of the reasons is ” the donations of over 160 million” the past year, I mean how can you not respect her even MORE after reading that? <3 

    • gleeky-potterhead


    • Liderc

      Bill Gates gave 37 billion away so far heh, but agreed.  She’s definitely starting to do some amazing work, especially for MS patients.

      • Gary65

        Ummmmmmm……….Bill Gates is 100x richer than Rowling so the fact that he gave more money is hardly news. Also it’s 160m in 1 year. That doesn’t count previous years. And she’s not just starting. She’s been giving massive amounts of money to charity for the best part of a decade. Just sayin’

        • Liderc

          It’s hardly news that Gates has given away 37 billion dollars? Please, get off the JK fanwagon.  She’s an amazing person, but take your blinders off.

          • Gary65

            No it’s not news. Anyone who knows anything about Bill Gates knows how charitable he is. And telling me to take my blinders off is a tad hypocritical dyt?

  • Hermione

    At least her money went to Charity, not to some stupid thing….

    • glee_hp_hungergames_fan

      Exactly. So many people lose their money by buying fancy cars, designer clothes, mansions, etc.

    • Bridget

      right? i thought the article was going to say she spent too much or something. much better to hear it was for charity

  • Matt P

    Oh no, I’m not sure how she’ll survive! :) All hail Queen Rowling!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1411098731 Mello Oller

    I adore this woman so much!

  • Luna

    doesn’t mean that’s why she’s writing a new book

    • Flightstorm

      I think Andrew was joking..:P

    • Blair Warren


  • Amelia

    yeah, right. like money is all she cares about. so THAT must be the reason why she’s writing a new book. xD

    160 million+ in donations to charities… *bows to the goddess*

  • Metheresa1

        She  Is  Such  An  Awesome   Author  !!!  Not  To  Worry , She  Is  One  Of  The  Best  !!!!

  • http://twitter.com/JCman7 James Donnellon

    Shes such an amazing person! Love that she keeps on giving to those in need

  • akacj18

    If she’s giving away so much money she’s not a billionaire anymore MORE POWER TO HER. I hope she’s never a billionaire again.

  • Maliat24

    This may change once Harry Potter eBooks are realeased on Pottermore ;)

  • http://twitter.com/SlySound Brett H

    I bet she’ll be a billionaire again by next year. 

    • LilyLuna

      All thanks to that new book. ;)

  • Eoin

    Oh no!!! she only has almost 900 million now!!!!!!! Just kidding. I’m glad she made such large donations to charity she could be greedy with her money but she isn’t.

  • http://www.facebook.com/louieschuth Louie Schuth

    I guess Bruno Mars has something in common with Jo now! (Lame, I know. Jo obviously doesn’t care about being a billionaire.)

  • Bridget

    this is news.

  • Tsbhangu

    Instead of trying to cause controversy, maybe Hypable should actually state the good things in the title….

  • moonshoespotter1712

    Well, good on her for the charity work! She’s still rich beyond measure though, and if it means we’re getting a new book, we’re not complaining!

  • Smoresluver13

    Oooh! ONLY a couple hundred million dollars! what a tragedy! Still, ALL HAIL QUEN ROWLING!

  • Ivi

    Go Jo, I’m so proud of the good things she is doing with her money rather than blowing it all on materialistic things. Just reaffirmation that she is amazing :)

  • Wade Stew

    After being nearly homeless for a couple of years, I hardly think J.K. Rowling really cares about being a billionaire

  • A Very Potter Fan

    Oh my Rowling!

  • Maggie

    Rags to riches story. :) HOMELESS TO A BILLIONAIRE. amazing

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1128995453 Lauren Spellman

    she’s no logner a billionare because she paid her taxes and donated money to charity. gosh, i have so much respect for that woman

  • Hermione Granger

    Of all the people in the world she deserves the money she’s made. She knows exactly what it was like to be at the very bottom–monetarily and emotionally, and she continues to be an advocate for people who are struggling. She never thought she’d be in the place she is, and she got there from honest hard work and talent! She is truly an inspiration for the world, and my biggest idol :)

  • stargazer

    I was ready to have my vision of my childhood role model crushed by learning she lost lots of money due to unwise spending, but then I learned she “lost” the money due to taxes and donations to charity, and my childhood role model rose to new heights.

  • Tiarnán Shortt

    It doesn’t matter if she is not a billionaire! As long as she keeps up her charity work and writes great books it doesn’t matter how rich she is!  

  • https://www.youtube.com/TheBabarSuhail Babar Suhail

    She will be a billionaire again once her new book is out. It’s gonna sell like crazy.

  • http://spoonspace.yolasite.com Lucien

    she must be so peeved that she gave all her money away!

  • Amy

    Oh how dreadful for her :/

  • emilyful

    This title made me laugh for some reason!?! 

  • http://twitter.com/acjub CK

    One of the few people I feel deserve to be filthy rich.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001458753554 Dylan Fox

    You’d think DHP2 grossing over $1bil would have generated a nice little paycheck her way. Again, I often say that success and quality don’t correlate. So even if Jo were to go completely bankrupt, it wouldn’t matter. That doesn’t have anything to do with the quality of Harry Potter itself. People put such a heavy emphasis on box office, midnight showing box office, how many books sold, how rich the author is, etc. and it doesn’t really matter in the end. All that matters is the product itself. You’d think in a world of Justin Bieber and Twilight people would understand that success and quality very loosely correlate. 

  • Alohomora

    Not being a billionaire because you gave lots of money to charity just raises JKR’s status as a role model. 
    And I don’t think she’d care because she’s not on the Forbes billionaire list!

  • http://twitter.com/when_she_smiles lindsay

    I love her so much.

  • Tonks


  • HPForever3 :)

    When I clicked on this I read, “JK Rowling is no longer a billionare,” I seriously thought I was going to read, “She’s a trillionare instead.” She’s still a great writer and the fact that she spent her money for the benefit of those who need it most makes her more than just a filthy rich writer! :) Plus, she could still sell her spellbooks instead…

  • scar1026

    I feel so sorry for her. Not having a BILLION DOLLARS? Hard life. Especially when she chose to give it all away. Good for you, Jo.

  • http://twitter.com/charlenesambroo charlenesambrooks

    well for some to have so much money inspiring

  • http://twitter.com/Andrew_ww Andrew W

    It doesn’t matter. Shes given so much and I respect her for that.

  • Sarah D.

    She just became an even more amazing human being in my eyes. How can anyone ever think otherwise? She’s all about giving and helping those less fortunate. She continues to remember how hard life can be, and she does what she can to help this world. You rock J.K. Rowling!!!!!

  • Marieriddle20

    If she really needed to write a book for money she’d just right another hp book and manke millions just on  presells….good for her giving money away even if part of it is for tax breaks

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