J. K. Rowling, born Joanne Rowling, is a British novelist who came to prominence as the author of fantasy series Harry Potter, the best-selling book in UK with over 400 million copies sold out. After gaining international attention and various awards, the book was adapted into an eponymous series of films and helped her become the twelfth richest woman in the United Kingdom according to the 2008 Sunday Times Rich List. She was also listed as one of Time magazine's Most Influential Woman in Britain in 2010.
She began writing stories when she was six. She graduated from Exeter University before working as an English teacher in Portugal in 1990. During that time, she also spent six years write the book titled Harry Potter. After her Harry Potter's manuscript was sent to two agents and one publisher, it caught attention from an agent named Christopher Little.
On 16 October 1992, she got married to Portuguese television journalist Jorge Arantes with a child named Jessica Isabel Rowling Arantes (born1993). However, they ended their marriage in divorce three years later. In 2001, she and anesthetist Dr.
Neil Murraytied the knot in Scotland and have two children together, David (born 2003) and Mackenzie (born 2005).