50 Shades of Grey made author EL James a household name and a fortune - she has been named the world's third highest earning celebrity
50 Shades of Grey made author EL James a household name and a fortune – she has been named the world’s third highest earning celebrity.
The author has landed in the top three on Forbes’ highest-earning celebrities list, garnering a fortune of $95million (or £61.5million) in the past year, and tying with media mogul Simon Cowell and US shock-jock Howard Stern.
The 50-year-old author, who created the captivating Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey characters that fans are so eager to see hit the big screen, is credited with launching the Mummy Porn literary genre and has sparked trends in everything from sex toys and lingerie to 50 Shades-inspired workouts.
Earlier this month, it was revealed the erotic fiction writer had topped Forbes’ highest-earning authors list thanks to the erotic trilogy, beating beloved writers like Stephen King, Danielle Steele and JK Rowling.
Madonna and Steven Spielberg took first and second place as the highest-earning celebrities this year, according to Forbes.
The highly anticipated movie adaption of the 50 Shades books is due to hit cinema screens next year, and while rumours are swirling about casting decisions, we’re still awaiting confirmation on who will bring Anastasia and Christian’s steamy relationship to life.