J.K. Rowling, the beloved author the "Harry Potter" books who was once knocked out of Forbes' billionaires club for giving too much of her wealth away, has been again named one of Britain's most generous celebrities.
The Sunday Times released its annual "Giving List" for 2014 last weekend, placing Rowling (with $15.1 million in donations) in second place behind Elton John (with $38.5 million in donations). Rowling likely concentrated a majority of her donations to her Lumos children's charity and her Volant charitable trust, which funds medical research into diseases like multiple sclerosis.
The 49-year-old, who is estimated to have a net worth of at least $1 billion, has expressed many times her belief in using her good fortune to help others.
“You have a moral responsibility when you’ve been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently," she said.
While a vast majority of Rowling's fortune comes from her Potter series and recent detective novels, the author is also placing the finishing touches on a screenplay for her “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” spin-off. The film trilogy, based in New York City, is “neither a prequel or a sequel, but an extension of the wizarding world,” according to the author.
This past week, fans of the world of Harry Potter went mad with excitement after Rowling posted a cryptic tweet that many interpreted as a possible return for the boy wizard.
Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won’t tolerate this nonsense.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 6, 2014
As it turned out, the tweet was a clever anagram that Rowling published as a kind of riddle for her fans. One lucky follower finally figured it out yesterday evening, revealing a nod to a character from "Fantastic Beasts."
.@EmyBemy2 YES!!!!!!!!!!!! People, we have a winner!— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 7, 2014
OK, the next riddle is... kidding. As I said (was it only 2 days ago?) I've got a novel to finish and a screenplay to tweak.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 7, 2014
With other projects in the works (and a never-say-never for future Harry Potter novels), expect Rowling to remain at the top of Britain's most charitable celebs for years to come. Check out the full report on Britain's philanthropy here.
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