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J. K. Rowling
The famous English author of the Harry Potter series of books, J.K. Rowling, went from relative poverty and receiving welfare benefits to being a multi-millionaire within 5 years after finishing her first book. A single mother, jobless, and clinically depressed, she wrote her book in cafes, or wherever she could get her young daughter to fall asleep. She has described her situation during these years as being as "poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless. But rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life." With the success of her books and films, she is now among the wealthiest people in Great Britain.