The World's Best Paid Authors according to Forbes
J.K. Rowling #1
Worth it, IMHO. But she has been getting drunk with power as of late: see her recent lawsuits and crazy demands for her upcoming title, Tales of Beedle the Bard.
James Patterson #2
Oh, Pul-eese. Further evidence of the dumbing down of America. Publishes more books in a year than I read. Often, with co-writers, so draw your own conclusions.
Stephen King #3
Worth it. You go, big guy. But feel free to cut the vacation with the grandkids short to surpass that Patterson hack.
Tom Clancy #4
Good. I don't begrudge him this slot, but not a top favorite of mine.
Danielle Steel #5
See Patterson, James.