James Patterson Is The World's Third-Richest Celebrity

James Patterson Is The World's Third-Richest Celebrity

When you page through a slideshow of this year's richest celebrities, you have certain expectations. Taylor Swift? Duh. One Direction? If you've got a collection of haircuts like that, you're either flat broke or rich as hell.

What you might not expect is to find an author on the list. Pretty high up, in fact.

Enter James Patterson.

Between June of 2015 and now, James Patterson has pulled in a reported $95 million, putting him in the third place slot behind both the aforementioned Taylor Swift and the sentient collection of haircuts commonly referred to as One Direction.

The way Patterson operates isn't a big secret. He cranks out something like a dozen titles a year and adapts a lot of stuff to the screen. He's also a rarity in the world of books in that he's an author who knows a lot about business and marketing, and he isn't shy about pimping his work.

Just below Patterson is Dr. Phil with $88 million, and the rest of the top 10 celebrity earners include some soccer players, Adele, Kevin Hart, and Howard Stern.

Who read a Patterson title last year and put a couple bucks in the man's pocket? Someone did. Sound off. Which title? How was it?

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Joshua Chaplinsky's picture
Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading Stories of YOUR Life July 13, 2016 - 9:44am

For a second I read that as "third-world's" richest celebrity.

Melina.'s picture
Melina. from Brazil is reading At Night We Walk in Circles (by Daniel Alarcón) August 8, 2016 - 9:42am


Have you ever thought about interviewing James Patterson? I’ve read your articles here and ended up on your website / podcast. That would be pretty cool. I think you should try to contact him.