Honours list: JK Rowling’s rise to global star and philanthropist

JK Rowling
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THE creator of Harry Potter is one of the world’s most successful authors, and admired for her philanthropy. But two decades ago, JK Rowling was a single mother, reduced to writing in cafes.

She said the idea for the series “fell” into her head years earlier while on a crowded train to London after a weekend flat-hunting with her boyfriend.

The first edition had a print run of only 500, but her fortune is now put at £650m and she is placed third on the Scotland Giving List for her charity work. She has raised many millions through the sale of her books for charities.