PORTSMOUTH - You’re compiling a list of the most powerful celebrities in the world. Where do you rank a man who wrote a book that has outsold nearly everything short of the Bible?
Forbes Magazine says 12th.
In its annual list of the 100 most powerful celebrities, the magazine decided to place Rye’s Dan Brown ahead of the likes of David Letterman, Lance Armstrong, Michael Jordan and Will Ferrell.
Oprah Winfrey tops the list, followed by Tiger Woods and Mel Gibson.
Brown has enjoyed success that most authors dream of with his nove* The Da Vinci Code."
The book has sold 25 million copies in 44 different languages worldwide.
The novel chronicles Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu’s quest for the Holy Grail.
Brown attended high school at Phillips Exeter Academy. He also spent time there as an English teacher before he decided to focus his efforts on writing full time in 1996.
Brown was also recently named to Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
The Time article credits Brown’ with keeping the publishing industry alive and sparking new interest in both Leonardo Da Vinci and Christian history.
Sony Pictures is scheduled to produce a movie version of the novel starring Tom Hanks.
The film is scheduled to be released in May 2006.
NBC is producing a reality show called "Treasure Hunters" that is modeled after the hit novel.
The show will involve teams of people using history as clues to solve an intricate puzzle, much like the characters in the novel.
Last year’s version of the same list had Brown ranked 44th. At "The Da Vinci Code" had dominated The New York Times bestseller list for 64 weeks at that time. Its run has now reached 114 weeks.