Paulo Coelho de Souza is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist, best known for his novel The Alchemist. In 2014, he uploaded his personal papers online to create a virtual Paulo Coelho Foundation. In 1982, Coelho published his first book, Hell Archives, which failed to make a substantial impact. In 1988, Coelho wrote The Alchemist and published it through a small Brazilian publishing house that made an initial print run of 900 copies and decided not to reprint it. He subsequently found a bigger publishing house, and with the publication of his next book Brida, The Alchemist took off. HarperCollins decided to publish the book in 1994. Later it became an international bestseller. Since the publication of The Alchemist, Coelho has generally written at least one novel every two years. His work has been published in more than 170 countries and translated into eighty languages. Together, his books have sold in the hundreds of millions.
Paulo Coelho has an estimated net worth of $500 million.
Date of birth:
August 24, 1947
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