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Paulo Coelho

Brazilian lyricist
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Net worth 2018: $500 Million
Industry: Writers
Residence: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Country: Brazilian
BirthDay: 24 August 1947
Sigh: Virgo
Height: 1.8 m

Paulo Coelho was bornon 24 August 1947 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Brazilian, is Brazilian lyricist. The world famous author of several bestselling novels, Paulo Coelho is a novelist counted amongst one of the most widely read writers in the contemporary world. A hugely popular author, he holds the Guinness World Record for having the most translated books by a living author. His writings have often been criticized for lacking the finesse and depth of good literature but this factor does not seem to in any way diminish his fame as a novelist. Coelho had always loved writing and dreamed of being a writer from an early age. He was however discouraged by his parents who wanted him to become a lawyer. The rebellious young man quit law school after one term to become a hippie and got involved in a carefree lifestyle characterized by drugs, sex and rock. It was during a visit to Spain when he was 38 that Coelho experienced a spiritual awakening and realized that it was high time he listened to his intuition and pursue his dream of becoming a writer. He quit his other jobs and started writing full-time. Today he is much loved for his books not just in his home country, but also across the world in over 150 other countries.


$500 Million


Some of his more recent novels include ‘The Winner Stands Alone’ (2008), ‘Aleph’ (2010), and ‘Manuscript Found in Accra’ (2012)


The novel ‘Eleven Minutes’ was released in 2003


He welcomed the new millennium with the book ‘The Devil and Miss Prym’ (2000) in which he told of the choices people have to make when faced with temptations


He founded the Paulo Coelho Institute in 1996 which provides aid to impoverished children and elderly people


His more popular novels of the decade were ‘By the River Piedra I sat Down and Wept’ (1994) and ‘Veronika Decides to Die’ (1998)


Throughout the 1990s, he made it a point to write at least one novel every two years


The 1988 novel tells the story of a shepherd who has a recurring dream of finding treasure in Egypt


His novel ‘The Pilgrimage’ was published in 1987


In 1986 he undertook a 500-plus mile trek on the Road of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain


His first book ‘Hell Archives’ was published in 1982


He has been married to the artist Christina Oiticica since 1980


He became involved in the ‘drug, sex, and rock’ culture of the 1960-70s

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