Joanne “Jo” Rowling, under the pen name J.K. Rowling, is the author of the Harry Potter series. She has won countless awards, and her books have sold more than 400 million copies. Harry Potter is the best-selling book series in history, and the series of films based on the books has become the highest-grossing film series in history. She also wrote the adult novel The Casual Vacancy and is currently penning the Cormoran Strike series under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
She has led a “rags to riches” life story, going from living on state benefits to multi-millionaire status within five years. TIME magazine named her a runner-up for its 2007 Person of the Year, noting the social, moral, and political inspiration she has given her fans. In October 2010, Rowling was named the “Most Influential Woman in Britain” by leading magazine editors. She is a well-known philanthropist, supporting many different charities, including several of her own. The author currently resides in Scotland with her husband and three children.