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JK Rowling pockets more than queen

JK Rowling
Rowling earned more than Madonna and Kylie

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The top 10 female earners this year were:
* JK Rowling: 48 million
* Madonna: 27 million
* Robin Saunders: 11.7 million
* Anne Robinson: 11 million
* Catherine Zeta-Jones: 10.5 million
* Jackie Collins: 10 million
* Sharon Osbourne: 9.8 million
* Barbara Cassani: 9.5 million
* Kylie Minogue: 8 million
* Jane Leeves: 7.9 million

LONDON, England -- Harry Potter helped make his author JK Rowling the UK's richest woman with earnings six times higher than the queen, a survey has found.

Rowling is estimated to have made about 48 million last year, outstripping superstars like Madonna and Kylie Minogue.

The author's money came from book sales as well as box office earnings from the follow-up films, the British Mail on Sunday newspaper's annual female-only rich list said.

The queen's earnings are estimated at 7.7 million, though researchers did not include her civil list payment as this solely covers the expense of being monarch.

Only two businesswomen featured in the top 10, dominated by singers and television personalities.

Pop star Madonna, who qualifies for the British survey because she lives in London with film producer husband Guy Ritchie, finished second to Rowling with an annual haul of 27 million.

Much of this success was owed to her lucrative deal with software giant Microsoft ,which used her Ray of Light song to launch its Windows XP product.

The Mail on Sunday's top 100 list, the eighth study of women's earnings in the UK, concentrates only on annual pay rather than accumulated wealth.

Outside the top 10, Eighties pop star Sheena Easton made 4 million, beating contemporaries such as Victoria Beckham and Sophie Ellis Bextor.

Meanwhile, investment banker Robin Saunders was third with 11.7 million, while quiz show host Anne Robinson showed there was not Weak Link in her earnings, taking home 11 million.

In fifth place was Hollywood star Catherine Zeta-Jones with 10.5 million, followed by author Jackie Collins who earned 10 million.

The latest star of reality TV, Ozzy Osbourne's wife Sharon was in seventh place with a haul of 9.8 million.

Barbara Cassani, the former boss of budget carrier Go, made 9.5 million, pint-sized pop princess Kylie Minogue earned 8 million and Jane Leeves, star of U.S. sitcom Frasier, made 7.9 million.



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