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Guess Which Novelists Make the Most Money?

Forbes follows up its list of hip-hop's top earners with a list of the ten highest-paid authors. James Patterson tops it, having pulled in $70 million this year; J.K. Rowling brings up the rear with $10 million. Stephenie Meyers, Stephen King, John Grisham, Nicholas Sparks, and other such paperback writers fill out the middle, though Stieg Larsson is notably absent. Takeaway: No one gets (insanely) rich writing literature. [Forbes]