Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code is Capitalist of the Week.
Born June 22, 1964 in Exeter, New Hampshire, Brown attended Amherst college. After graduation he dabbled in music and teaching before becoming a full-time writer in 1996. He had mediocre success with his first three novels, selling fewer than 10,000 copies in each of their first printings, but The Da Vinci Code, his fourth, went to the top of the New York Times Best Seller List during its first week in 2003 and has now sold well over 60 million copies.
In 2005 Forbes magazine estimated Brown's annual income to be about $76.5 million and his income from The Da Vinci Code to be $250 million. Brown sold the film rights for another $6 million.
Nicely done, Dan.