J.K. Rowling’s first marriage to a Portuguese television journalist ended in divorce after less than one year. She then moved with her infant daughter to Edinburgh, Scotland, where she lived on welfare benefits in an apartment infested with mice. It’s hard to believe that in under 10 years someone can go from surviving off of government assisted living to becoming one of the richest people in the world. She did so by creating the Harry Potter teenage wizard book series, selling over 350 million copies in 55 languages, including Latin and Ancient Greek. Rowling has parlayed Harry Potter into a global brand worth an estimated $15 billion. She is the 136th richest person in the world and the thirteenth richest woman in Britain. Forbes Magazine named her the 2nd richest female entertainer in the world and the 48th most powerful celebrity. She’s one of only five self-made female billionaires and the first billion-dollar author. The empire has grown to include movies, toys, videos, clothing, Band-Aids, cologne, and even gross-out Jelly Belly beans infused with such Hogwarts flavors as earwax, dirt and booger.