Harry Potter Writer J.K. Rowling Receives Diamonds from Warner Bros CEO
7/24/2011 7:28:11 AM Shira
Author J.K. Rowling, of global Harry Potter series fame, was recently given a white gold antique diamond bracelet valued at millions of dollars by Warner Bros. CEO Barry Meyer. The bracelet, which incorporates forty diamonds, was meant as a thank you and appreciation gift—Warner Bros. has produced the highly successful Harry Potter movie series, which has grossed billions of dollars worldwide and is one of the most successful filmfranchises of all time.
Meyer gifted the bracelet to Rowling during the after-party of the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2—the eighth and final installment of the Harry Potter book series— in London. Sources claim that Rowling was uncomfortable with the prospect of wearing the bracelet before having it insured.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has already grossed about $500 million, worldwide. Rowling’s personal fortune is valued at over $800 million, more than that of England’s Queen Elizabeth (Rowling is Scottish).
Rowling’s spokesperson has not commented on the bracelet, although Rowling has commented on her discomfort with frivolity in the past. Rowling, who is now 45, attained her great wealth relatively late in life and is apparently turned off by the excesses of celebrity culture and style and has been described as an “uneasy millionaire”.
"I’ve got a mental amount that I can’t spend beyond,” she has said. “I still have a limit to what I think I would be justified in spending on frivolity.’’