Joanne "Jo" Rowling, OBE, FRSL, pen name J. K. Rowling, is a British novelist, best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series
The Potter books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, sold more than 400 million copies making them the best-selling book series in history
Rowling has led a "rags to riches" life story, in which she progressed from living on social security to multi-millionaire status within five years.
In October 2010, J. K. Rowling was named 'Most Influential Woman in Britain' by leading magazine editors
She has become a notable philanthropist, supporting such charities as Comic Relief, One Parent Families, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain, and Lumos (formerly the Children's High Level Group).
Harry Potter is now a global brand worth an estimated $15 billion and the last four Harry Potter books have consecutively set records as the fastest-selling books in history
Forbes has named Rowling as the first person to become a U.S.-dollar billionaire by writing books
In regards to the possibility of an eighth Harry Potter book, she has said, "I can't say I'll never write another book about that world just because I think, what do I know, in ten years' time I might want to return to it but I think it's unlikely."
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Rowling gave credit to her mother for the success of the series saying that "the books are what they are because she died...because I loved her and she died."