Nora Roberts Net Worth

Net Worth:$450 Million

What is Nora Robert’s Net Worth?

Nora Roberts is an American Author who has a Net Worth of $450 Million. She has written more than 250 in almost all genres. Nora Roberts writes under many pseudonyms, she writes as J.D Robb for the In Death series, and she also writes as Jill March and Sarah Hardesty.

Her novels had appeared on The New York Times Best Seller list for 861 weeks by 2011. Her books spent a total of 176 weeks at the number spot on the list. She was also the first author to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame.

Nora Roberts began writing around 1978, but Harlequin publishing house refused to publish her work. Silhouette Books agreed to publish her works, and between 1982 and 1984, she published about 23 novels with them.

“Playing the Odds” which she published in 1985 became her first bestseller. She went on to write for Putnam books and Bantam books. She has since established herself as her own publisher. Nora Roberts’s novels have appeared in the New York Times Bestseller list a total of 861 times, and 200 weeks out of the 861 weeks, her books were at the top of the list. Nora Roberts earns about $30 million a year as one of the highest-paid authors in the world.

Early Life

Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland on 10th  October 1950. She is the youngest of five children. She is of Irish descent and has often described herself as an Irish woman.

Nora Roberts grew up around books as her family was made up of keen readers. She did not write as a child even though she grew up reading, but she has admitted to telling really good lies, some of which her mother still believes.

Nora Roberts attended the local public school Montgomery Blair High School, this was where she met Ronald Aufdem-Brinke whom she married in 1968 against the wishes of her parents. She got married to Ronald Aufdem-Brinke soon after high school graduation.

After the wedding, the newlyweds settled in Boonsboro, Maryland. Nora Roberts was a stay-at-home wife, and her husband worked in her parent’s lighting company. She has two sons with Aufdem namely Jason, and Dan, the marriage was dissolved in 1983.

Early Writing Career

Nora Roberts was housebound with her two children in the February 1979 blizzard, so she began writing some stories which led her to fall in love with writing. While housebound, produced six manuscripts which she submitted to Harlequin. Harlequin was the leading publishing company at the time, they repeatedly rejected her scripts saying that they already had a writer,  Janet Dailey.

Janet Dailey in the later years would be entangled in a plagiarism scandal for lifting pages from Nora Roberts’s Novels.  The publishing Company, Silhouette Books was founded in 1980, they took up all the manuscripts rejected by Harlequin. Irish Thoroughbred which was Nora Roberts’ first novel was published in 1981 by Silhouette books.

Nora Roberts is actually a pen name, her real name is Eleanor Marie Robertson, the pen name was formed under the assumption that all writers ought to have a pen name. Between 1981 and 1984, Nora Roberts had written 23 books for Silhouette books. In 1985, her first book for the Macgregor Family series “Playing the Odds” was published and was immediately named a best seller.

She began to write for Bantam Books in 1987, she moved on to write for Putnam books five years later. She wrote both hardcover novels and paperback novels. Montana Sky which was written in 1996 became her first hard-cover bestseller.

Nora Roberts was at a time described as a “Master of the romance novel form”, she has also been said to “exude a wry sense of humor ” in her novels.


Nora Roberts got famous when she published her one-hundredth novel “Montana Sky”.  Four of her novels made it to the USA Today bestselling romance novels of the year list in 1999 and 2000. She made her first appearance on the New York Time Best Sellers List in 1991, she went on to appear 68 more times by 2001.

Nora Roberts’ novels hit the number one spot on the New York Times Best Seller List for the first time in 2001. Seduction in Death was number 2 and Time and Again was number one on the list.

By 2009, Nora Roberts had sold about 400 million of her books in print, in 2005 alone, 12 million copies were sold. Her novels have been published in 35 countries of the world. All of Nora Roberts’s novels have always made it to the Best Sellers list since 1991.

She is the first author to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame, she is also a founding member of said organization. Roberts was also given the Life Time Achievement Award from the Organization in 1997. She has won 21 RITA Awards which is the highest any romance writer has ever received.

Her novels Sanctuary and Magic Moments were adapted into movies. Four of Nora Roberts’ novels: Blue Smoke, Montana Sky, Carolina Moon, and Angels Fall were adapted into movies and released consecutively in 2007. Four of her other novels: Northern Lights, High Noon, Midnight Bayou, and Tribute were also adapted and released in 2009. Nora Roberts has been named one of the most influential people in TIMES in 2007.

Pseudonyms/Pen Names

J.D Robb

Nora Roberts’ output was getting more prolific by the day, so the suggestion for Nora Roberts to adopt a second pseudonym was suggested. This suggestion was made in order to enable her to publish more of her works. This happened when she moved to Putnam books in 1992.

The Pseudonym J.D. was derived from the initials of her two sons and Robb was a shortened form of Roberts. Nora Roberts used the pseudonym J. D. Robb to publish her In Death series which is the story of Eve Dallas and Roarke. There are 54 novels in the In Death series.

Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts’ real name is Eleanor Marie Robertson, she chose the pen name Nora Roberts when she joined silhouette books. She assumed that every author has to have a pen name, the name were coined from her name Eleanor Marie Robertson. She has since published more than 200 books under that pseudonym.


Nora Roberts used the pen name Jill March to write the story “Melodies of Love” for a magazine. When the Born In series was published, she used the Pen name Sarah Hardesty instead of Nora Roberts.


Janet Dailey admitted in 1997 that she had plagiarized Nora Roberts’ works severally. The plagiarism was exposed by a reader who read both Janet Dailey’s Notorious and Nora Roberts’ Sweet Revenge. On noticing the similarities, this reader posted some of the pages on the internet.

Janet Dailey later admitted to plagiarizing Nora Roberts’ work and blamed it on a mental disorder. She also admitted that her other novel Aspen Gold was also plagiarized, as a result, the books were pulled from the market. After this case was settled in 1998, Nora Roberts donated the settlement proceeds to the Literacy Volunteers of America.

Charitable Causes

Nora Roberts has been listed as one of the most charitable celebrities repeatedly on the “Giving Back Fund’s” annual list. She also founded a foundation called the Nora Roberts Foundation to support literacy, children, and the arts.

Net Worth

Nora Roberts has a Net Worth of $450 million. She makes roughly $30 Million a year from book sales both in print and virtually.

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