Meet James Patterson: America’s Richest and Most Prolific Author

You’ve heard the name, and judging by how many books he’s sold, chances are you’ve probably read at least one of his. If not, then you’ve at least seen his name, embossed and shimmering, in big, bold text, in supermarkets, airport kiosks, and bookstores. Basically, his books are everywhere, and there’s a simple reason for that. James Patterson is simply one of the most prolific, if not the most, writers on this planet.

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He just has a knack for making books people love to read. With over 305 million copies of his 150 books (currently) in print, Patterson has been the top-selling fiction writer (either living or dead). He even holds a Guinness World Record for being the first author to sell over one million e-books. The man makes $70 million a year at this point, okay? He’s also the seventh-highest-paid celebrity in the world (more than Taylor Swift and LeBron James).

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