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Yep, sex sells!

Success is a great aphrodisiac — and E.L. James is looking pretty hot right now. The Fifty Shades of Grey author leads Forbes's new list of the world's top-earning authors.

Forbes' looked at earnings between June 2012 and June 2013, and E.L. ended up with a whopping $95 million. As they noted, “The e-book format was a key factor, giving readers an easy way to purchase the sex-filled sequels — and a discrete way to read them in public.” Why so shy? Obviously a lot of people are reading the Fifty Shades series, so go ahead and be open about it.

Here's the top 10:

1. E.L. James, $95 million

2. James Patterson, $91 million

3. Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games), $55 million

4. Bill O'Reilly: $28 million

5. Danielle Steel: $26 million

6. Jeff Kinney: $24 million

7. Janet Evanovich: $24 million

8. Nora Roberts: $23 million

9. Dan Brown: $22 million

10. Stephen King: $20 million

Check out the full list here.

Surprised? Not surprised?

Source: Forbes