JK Rowling: From rags to riches

Jul 31, 2012, 08:49 IST | Special Features

The creator of Harry Potter has certainly come a long way from when she was living on welfare to becoming Britain's 13th wealthiest woman. As JK Rowling celebrates her birthday today, CS gets up, close and personal with her:

>> Originally, Rowling wrote ‘Harry Potter’ to pay off her gas bills while living in a tiny flat with her baby daughter.

>> She wrote ten versions of the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

>> Whilst at University she had little money so, for friends’ birthdays, she wrote them personal little stories.

>> According to Forbes magazine in 2006, she is the first author billionaire. 

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