J.K. Rowling No Longer A Billionaire, Just An Awesome Person

J.K. Rowling Charity

via Huffington Post Books

J.K. Rowling was the first female novelist to make the Forbes billionaire list--but she's since been booted from the prestigious lineup.

Between the high tax rate in the United Kingdom and a lot of charitable giving, she's not a billionaire anymore.

Rowling, who has a mysterious new non-Potter novel coming this summer, was once a single mother on welfare, and it seems she hasn't forgotten her roots. She's been a frequent--and apparently, heavy--contributor to One Parent Families. She also founded her own charity, Lumos, which helps children in Eastern Europe. 

The author told Mother Nature Network:

“You have a moral responsibility when you’ve been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently," Rowling said.

Good on you, J.K.

Image of Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)
Author: J. K. Rowling
Price: $52.99
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books (2009)
Binding: Paperback, 4167 pages

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Jimothy Scott from Canada is reading The Anatomy of Story by John Truby March 15, 2012 - 2:13pm

Good for her. If more billionaires/ millionaires had a likewise mindset a lot of good could be done

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz March 15, 2012 - 2:37pm

That is so cool.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated March 15, 2012 - 3:04pm

I can even understand the desire to be a billionaire, but why would anyone want to be a multibillionaire? What are they saving up for a space shuttle?

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misskokamon from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit Mind March 15, 2012 - 5:05pm

She's a billionaire... in my heart.

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PandaMask from Los Angeles is reading More Than Human March 15, 2012 - 5:10pm

Nice article.

Love the quote also. Great mindset, not a money hoarder.

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JonnyGibbings March 17, 2012 - 12:40am

She also said "How can I take so much money off childen and not use it to better the life of children." She is a sorted woman. I also love the fact she has remained a resident of England, Rather than becomming a resident of some tax haven like monaco, while living in England for 350 days and selling / working here. Says a lot about the integrity of a person to understand, while paying tax is painful, some of it does go to schools, hospitals and the such.

Respect to her.