JK Rowling OBE, author of the famed Harry Potter series, has led a "rags to riches" life story, in which she progressed from living on social security to multi-millionaire status within five years.
Time magazine named her as a runner-up for its 2007 Person of the Year, noting the social, moral, and political inspiration she has given her fans. In October 2010, J. K. Rowling was named 'Most Influential Woman in Britain' by leading magazine editors. She has become a notable philanthropist, supporting such charities as Comic Relief, One Parent Families, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain, and Lumos (formerly the Children's High Level Group). Jo K Rowling says “You have a moral responsibility when you’ve been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently”
Her philanthropic work is an interesting case study: she was someone who was labelled as a single parent living in Edinburgh on Social Benefits. Even when she was already a millionaire this was still the label that every reporter and journalist put on her and she decided to turn it on its head by becoming a Champion for women like her. Since those days her involvement in philanthropic work has grown and grown and is now very visible and she’s highly involved in the causes that she supports and champions. JK Rowling doesn’t just give, she’s an activist in creating change and improvements for her fellow women.