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J.K. Rowling Loses Billionaire Status by Being a Lovely and Charitable Person

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Just when you thought J.K. Rowling couldn't be any more magical, she goes and gets booted from the Forbes list of the World's Billionaires after giving away a huge sum of her earnings to charity. Her charitable donations, coupled with Britain's high tax rates, have cost the author an estimated $160 million (does anyone know the galleon conversion rate on that?). Rowling continues to show up on Forbes' list of powerful women, however, ranking in at number 61.

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J.K. Rowling Is No Longer A Billionaire, Booted Off Forbes List [Business Insider]

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mcwhadden
Cherith Cutestory

Eh, I guess that is good but what has she done for me lately? I demand an eighth book!

But seriously, as naive and dumb as this sounds I am not surprised because I don't think anyone could write those books and not be a good person. I am embarrassed to say that. Truly. But there is something about the refusal to make it all good v evil (with Umbridges of the world being just as scary as the pure evil Voldemort) that shows an understanding that the world will always be a difficult place and we all have to do our part to overcome that.

It isn't even that I am a huge Potter freak. Love the books but not too passionately. I just always felt that there was an acknowledgment that being good is about the choices you make everyday.

/hate myself for being sincere.