Meet the brain behind the Harry Potter fantasy series, JK Rowlings, the billionaire, who has no regrets in dropping to a millionaire status, thanks to her generous heart.
In 2011, she was one of Forbes top world billionaires. Did you know she was the first billionaire author of all time?
The British author, screenwriter and and film producer became a success story with the Harry Potter fantasy series.
The books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies. They have become the best-selling book series in history. (Wikipedia).
JK Rowlings has shared her painful experiences before the billionaire status. She went through a heartbreaking divorce and a rough time with little financial means.
The talented and tenacious lady did not give up on herself. As fate would have it, the efforts given to the Harry Potter story took her to the high points of success.
She became a billionaire beyond her own imagination but was not keen on keeping up with the status. Rowlings says she has no regrets for bouncing off the Forbes billionaire list.
Speaking about it, she said:
“You have a moral responsibility when you’ve been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently.”
Having gone through hard times herself, her priority was more on reaching out to people who are going through the ordeals that she had gone through as well.
According to Forbes, Rowlings, in one year has given away a whooping $160 million to charity.
“New information about Rowlings’ estimated $160 million in charitable giving combined with Britain’s high tax rates bumped the Harry Potter scribe from our list this year.” – Forbes
She most particularly supports charities that cater to children’s welfare and single parent families. She helps to provide free childcare facilities to these families; as well as helping the parent and the children acquire jobs and education respectively.
She extends her generosity also to causes that battle illiteracy, poverty and multiple sclerosis.
JK Rowlings is a source of inspiration for many entrepreneurs. She has become a model for putting charity first before money.