James Patterson, Stephenie Meyer Top Richest Authors List
"Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer and James Patterson have topped Forbes magazine's best-paid authors list.
The "Along Came a Spider" writer earned an estimated $70 million in the last year, while Meyer, whose vampire novels have been transformed into a hit Hollywood franchise, was paid $40 million.
Horror author Stephen King was third on the list with $34 million and Danielle Steel placed fourth, with $32 million.
They were followed by Ken Follett, Dean Koontz, Janet Evanovich and John Grisham.
Meanwhile, "The Notebook" writer Nicolas Sparks and "Harry Potter's" J.K. Rowling rounded out the top 10.