EL James, 50
Suzanne Collins, 51
J.K. Rowling, 48

These writers provide the intellectual property for the most anticipated and currently popular franchises. James is moving her hit series Fifty Shades of Grey (70 million-plus copies sold) to the big screen via Universal. Rowling signed a mega-deal for a new Potterverse film franchise based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Collins' The Hunger Games: Catching Fire scored November's biggest opening weekend ever with $110.2 million.