English author who wrote the Harry Potter urban fantasy series, which has sold over 400 million copies.
While growing up, she wrote fictional stories about a rabbit for her younger sister.
She went from depending on welfare programs to becoming a millionaire within five years, and was ranked the 12th richest woman in the UK in 2008.
She married Portuguese broadcast journalist Jorge Arantes in 1992, and had a child named Jessica Isabel Rowling on July 27 1993.
Daniel Radcliffe played the protagonist in the film adaptation of her Harry Potter books.