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Patterson tops rich authors list

Patterson tops rich authors list
Author James Patterson attends the cocktail hour for the Quill Award ceremonies in New York on October 10, 2006. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen) | License Photo

NEW YORK, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. crime novelist James Patterson is the top-earning author in 2011-12, earning $94 million thanks to the 14 new titles he published, Forbes reported.

Coming in at No. 2 is Stephen King with $39 million, followed by Janet Evanovich at No. 3 with $33 million, John Grisham at No. 4 with $26 million and Jeff Kinney at No. 5 with $25 million.

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Rounding out the top tier are Bill O'Reilly at No. 6 with $24 million, Nora Roberts at No. 7 with $23 million, Danielle Steel at No. 8 with $23 million, Suzanne Collins at No. 9 with $20 million and Dean Koontz at No. 10 with $19 million.

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