Making $70 million in just the last five months, author James Patterson is America's, and the world's, richest author. The catch? He employs a team of five people to write his books. "Patterson is a contentious victor. The American is no stranger to criticism and has admitted that he doesn't even write his own books. Although his name is splashed on the covers of the eight titles, which include thrillers and children's and young adults' books, that he churns out each year, he relies on a team of five to help him bash out the plots. Not that this minor detail has dented his popularity."