American author Dan Brown was born on 22 June 1964. Dan Brown is best known for the 2003 bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code. His novels are treasure hunts set in 24-hour time periods which feature the recurring themes of cryptography, keys, symbols, codes, and conspiracy theories. His books have been translated into over 40 languages he sold over 80 million copies.

The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, have been adapted into feature films. The Da Vinci Code was his 4th novel. It went to the top of the New York Times Best Seller list during its first week of release in 2003. The Da Vinci Code credited with being one of the most popular books of all time, with 81 million copies sold worldwide as of 2009.

Forbes magazine placed Dan Brown at #12 on their 2005 “Celebrity 100” list, and  the Times estimated his income from Da Vinci Code sales as $250 million. Dan Brown’s 3rd novel, The Lost Symbol, was released in 2009 and sold over one million in hardcover and e-book versions on its first day Characters in Dan Brown’s books are often named after real people.