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It's Official

According to Forbes, JK Rowling is a billionaire, the 552nd richest person in the world. From rags to riches in 11 years:

1993

By the time her daughter Jessica is born Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is one-quarter finished. Rowling leaves her husband and moves to Edinburgh, Scotland, to be near her sister. Tight finances force her to go on public assistance, she receives 69 pounds per week (around $100 at that time) and lives in a grimy, mouse-infested apartment.

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