I think Patricia Cornwell needs to sell a lot more of her books to Hollywood, because she is running out of money fast. At one point, her personal fortune was estimated to be about $100M. Now she is down to her final $13M. The thing is she and her wife spend money like crazy. $5M a year on private jets, you know, because first class is too shabby. Have you noticed the Beckhams have a ton of money and a bazillion kids, but rarely fly private because it sucks the money out of you so fast. They fly it only when someone else is paying. Patricia and her former business managers are involved in a lawsuit where she says they stole her money and they say she spent money like a drunken sailor. So far, their side seems to be making the best points. $500K a year just on HOA fees at Trump Tower. The $11M country estate in Massachusetts.