Three children's authors join Sunday Times Rich List

Three children's authors join Sunday Times Rich List

Three children's authors have been featured on the annual Sunday Times Rich List for the first time. Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Julia Donaldson and Adam Hargreaves and family (inheritors of the estate of Rogers Hargreaves, the creator of the Mr Men books) have all been included on the Authors section of the list, covering wealth in 2016. Wilson is put highest at 13th on the Authors' List with £40m, while Hargreaves and family fly the Mr Men flag at number 16 with £32m. Donaldson is 17th on the Authors' List (£30m). 

J K Rowling's fortunes have risen by £20m to £600m and she remains the richest author on the Authors' List, slipping four places to 197 on the overall  ST Rich List.

Chef Jamie Oliver remains in second place on the Authors' List, although his fortune is down £20m to £160m, with Barbara Taylor Bradford once again third with £149m, followed by Lord Archer who is up £2m to £142m, and then Lonely Planet founders Tony and Maureen Wheeler (who show a combined wealth of £112m). Wilbur Smith is joint sixth with a £100m fortune, alongside E L James who (£80m, £5m up from last year). Ken Follett (£67m) and Jack Higgins (£60m) come eighth and ninth respectively. 

Authors placed between 10th and 19th on the list are all newly featured entries. Delia Smith and Michael Wynn-Jones show combined wealth of £55m through football and media and come halfway through the list. Hypnotist Paul McKenna comes 11th (£50m) followed by Richard Parsons (£42m), Lee Child (£40m), and Bernard Cornwell (£40m) whose novels are currently being adapted for the BBC's "The Last Kingdom".

John le Carré shares the 17th spot with Wilson (£30m) while Martine Cole finishes the list with £28m.

Meanwhile former maths teacher Richard Parsons, who isn't included on the Authors' List, is now worth £42m due to the exam revision guides published by his company Coordination Group Publications (CPG). 

A number of other publishing figures appear on the overall list. Viscount Cowdray and the Pearson family are worth £240m according to the Sunday Times, which puts them about halfway down the list at number 437, and £10m down from last year. They have a reported £40m stake in the Pearson media company. 

Former Blackwell chairman Nigel Blackwell is said to be worth £195m after the sale of the Oxford-based publishing group to US group John Wiley and Sons in 2006.

Peter Kindersley and his family are worth £112m, up £10m from last year according to the supplement. The founder of the Dorling Kindersley group, he made £105m from its sale and invested in an organic farm in Berkshire.

The annual list features the 1,000 wealthiest individuals and families in the UK based on public information, showing the wealth of people based on the previous year. The full list can be viewed here.