Although it is common to hear that it is impossible to live from literature, especially in Latin America, the truth is that in our countries there are also millionaire writers and these are the ones who earn the most.
When in countries like Colombia, a family has a son who wants to be a writer, the parents are generally concerned and advise him to study other alternative careers «that one can live on», such as journalism or a degree to teach.
This happens because we are nations that we do not have the habit of reading, or that we do it very little, which is why there are few authors of novels, short stories and poetry, among other literary genres, who can live off their talent. However, there are exceptions.
Millionaire writers? The Latino authors who have earned the most money with their literary works
According to the portal Celebrity Networthspecialized in collecting information on the richest people in the world, the top of the Latin American writers with the greatest fortunes is as follows:
4. Mario Vargas Llosa
According to said medium, The fortune of this Peruvian author amounts to 500 thousand dollars. She won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2010 and among his most recognized works are The city and the Dogs, Aunt Julia and the writer Y Pantaleon and the visitors. At the time of publication of this note (April 2022), she is 86 years old.
3. Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Although he passed away in 2014, our Gabo gets on this list with a fortune evaluated in the silly half of 10 million dollars. his novel One hundred years of solitude It is considered the masterpiece of magical realism and in part for it he also won the Nobel Prize in 1984. In addition, his love for cinema is well known; If you want to know what her favorite movies are, click here.
2. Isabella Allende
$12 million is not a small fortune for the author of The House of Spirits, a work successfully brought to Hollywood cinema. This Chilean writer (born in Peru) and nationalized American, she is one of the most prolific writers of our time, practically publishing a novel every 2 years. She is 79 years old.
And the number one spot on this list is held by one of the most widely read authors today. This is Brazilian Paulo Coelho, author of the «best seller» The Alchemista book that has sold more than 65 million copies worldwide and holds the Guinness record for the most translated book. His net worth is estimated at around $500 million. and is 74 years old.
Now that you know that you can not only live from literature, but that one could become a millionaire, what do you think? Write what you think in the comments of this noteand share it on your social networks!
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