List of richest Chinese writers revealed

The top winner is 34-year-old Zhang Jiajia, writer and playwright who soared to fame with a collection of short stories that is circulated widely and known for its soothing power for young readers struggling to find their place in society: China Daily

The richest Chinese writer reaped 19.5 million yuan ($3.14 million) in royalty gains in 2014, as the China Writers Rich List was launched on Dec 20 in Chengdu, Sichuan province.

According to the list, 50 Chinese writers have gained more than 1 million yuan in royalties from their works in print.

Among them, the country’s Nobel laureate, Mo Yan, ranked 13th with 6.5 million yuan. Established writers like Yu Hua and Jia Pingwa respectively took 33rd with 2.65 million yuan and 47th with 1.5 million. Two top teen icons, Han Han and Guo Jingming, obtained the 6th and 7th places, with 15 million yuan and 13 million yuan, respectively.

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