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James Patterson, Stephenie Meyer Top Richest Authors List

8/23/2010 6:30pm EDT

James Patterson"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.

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