J.K. Rowling is world's highest-paid author

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, British author J.K. Rowling poses for photographers during the unveiling of her new book, entitled: 'The Casual Vacancy', at the Southbank Centre in London. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, FILE)

Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling has been named the highest-paid author of 2017, raking in an estimated $95 million.

The British writer replaces James Patterson atop the annual Forbes magazine poll, which ranks the scribes' earnings over the past 12 months.

The continued success of Rowling's boy wizard franchise has helped Rowling take the number one spot, thanks, in part, to last year's prequel movie "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," and its West End stage play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," as well as payouts from Potter theme parks in Florida, California and Japan.

Crime novelist Patterson slips to second place with $87 million, while "Diary Of A Wimpy Kid's" Jeff Kinney is a distant third with a $21 million fortune.

"The Da Vinci Code's" Dan Brown and horror master Stephen King round out the top five in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Others to make the list are: John Grisham, Nora Roberts, Paula Hawkins, E.L. James, and Danielle Steel and Rick Riordan, who tie at 10 with $11 million each.

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