James Patterson is the highest-paid author in the world, with an estimated income of $87 million last year. He is best known for his bestselling Alex Cross series, which has sold over 375 million copies worldwide.

Patterson was born in Newburgh, New York, in 1947. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1969 with a degree in English. After college, he worked as an advertising executive before turning to writing full-time in the late 1970s.

Patterson has written over 100 novels, including the Alex Cross series, the Women’s Murder Club series, the Maximum Ride series, and the Middle School series. He has also written non-fiction books, including The Day America Told the Truth and The Day America Told the Truth Again.

Patterson’s books have been adapted into movies, television shows, and video games. His Alex Cross series has been adapted into four movies, starring Morgan Freeman and Tyler Perry. His Middle School series has been adapted into a movie starring Griffin Gluck and Lauren Graham.

Patterson has won numerous awards for his writing, including the Edgar Award, the International Thriller Writers Award, and the Children’s Choice Book Award. He has also been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.

Patterson is a philanthropist and has donated millions of dollars to education, literacy, and the arts. He has also established the James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarship at Manhattan College, which provides scholarships to students studying to become teachers.

Patterson is the highest-paid author in the world, and his books have sold millions of copies. He is a prolific writer, philanthropist, and an inspiration to aspiring authors everywhere.