Hollywood exists as the sparkling town of tinsel and gold where people walk around in a post-monetary state. We always hear about how big of a paycheck guys like Robert Downey Junior and Leonardo DiCaprio are cashing in. However, it’s these butt kicking women who are really making the surprising money. From rising starlets to seasoned talk show hosts, these high paid actresses have it all. The net worth of these entertainers ranges from the modest $40 million mark to way over $5 billion dollars. Can you guess who the highest paid actress is?
32. Amy Adams: $35 Million
Amy Adams has come a long way from playing bit parts in early ’00s television shows like That ’70s Show and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This famous red head has already been nominated for five Oscars while holding down the fort in box office juggernauts like Man of Steel.
31. Milla Jovovich: $36 Million
Milla Jovovich is the tough chick of Hollywood. This Ukrainian born superstar burst onto the scene as Leeloo in The Fifth Element before cementing herself as an action star in the juggernaut Resident Evil series. The final installment of the Resident Evil films is due to drop in the near future.
30. Edie Falco: $40 Million
From The Sopranos and Oz to Nurse Jackie, Edie Falco is one of the most prolific and talented television actors of all time. Falco cemented herself as an all time great thanks to her role as Tony Soprano’s wife, Carmela, in the aforementioned hit show The Sopranos. Falco has already captured two Golden Globe awards in her career and there are probably more to come in the future.
29. Jennifer Garner: $40 Million
Jennifer Garner is a Golden Globe winning actress with starring turns in films like Dallas Buyers Club and hit TV shows like Alias. Garner is a perennially underrated talent whose star seems nowhere near done with bursting.
28. Marisa Tomei: $43 Million
Joining our list is one of the hottest faces from ’90s cinema: Marisa Tomei. Tomei has been the starry eyed lover in over 72 different films and television shows. Along the way the Brooklyn born actress landed an Oscar for her work in My Cousin Vinny. Right now she is experiencing a career renaissance thanks to being brought into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as beloved Aunt May.
27. Helen Mirren: $50 Million
Dame Helen Mirren is one of the most respected entertainers to ever step foot in front of a camera. This talented Brit has earned critical acclaim at almost every turn, even scoring an Oscar win for her work in The Queen. Mirren has racked up 124 different credits in her career thus far.
26. Kiera Knightley: $50 Million
She broke into Hollywood as a child actress in the ’90s before breaking into our hearts as Elizabeth Swann in the blockbuster trilogy, Pirates of the Caribbean. While Knightley hasn’t had the kind of post-blockbuster success her co-stars have experienced, the English actress is still landing regular work.
25. Natalie Portman: $54 Million
Natalie Portman was born in Israel before moving to New York with her family. Portman made an incredible acting debut in Leon: The Professional where she played a child assassin. Portman would go on to attend Harvard University where she graduated with honors.
24. Penelope Cruz: $55 Million
Penelope Cruz is probably one of the most popular foreign actresses in the predominantly American Hollywood. Born in Madrid, Cruz would eventually make the transition into American cinema in the late ’90s. She would go on to rack up her first Oscar in 2008 after having starred in 60+ films.
23. Emma Watson: $60 Million
Emma Watson is the actress who can do no wrong. Watson grew up under public scrutiny thanks to her role in the blockbuster series, Harry Potter. She would transition from child actor to worldly diplomat upon taking a job with the United Nations. Now Watson is trying to change the world through her political and social advocacy while continuing to act.
22. Halle Berry: $70 Million
Halle Berry had her moment in the spotlight during the early ’00s as one of the true leading ladies in the industry. Berry would grab a Golden Globe nomination and an Oscar win for Monster’s Ball while also racking up paychecks as Storm in the X-Men series by Brian Singer.
21. Jennifer Lawrence: $75 Million
Jennifer Lawrence is Hollywood’s it girl right now. She’s won Academy Awards by the handful, including a coveted Oscar, all before the age of 27. Lawrence has held down the fort in blockbuster franchises like The Hunger Games and X-Men all without giving up the artistic roles that made her famous.
20. Sofia Vergara: $100 Million
Now we are breaking into the true heavy hitters section. Sofia Vergara has become a national treasure thanks to her role as the over-the-top mother, Gloria, in the series, Modern Family. Since Modern Family premiered in 2009, Vergara has been nominated for 4 Golden Globes and 4 Emmy’s. Vergara is the highest paid actress on television and a true global superstar.
19. Charlize Theron: $110 Million
Charlize Theron is a South African born entertainer who began her acting career in the early ’90s. Since then she has scored critical acclaim and box office success in equal parts. Theron reached superstar status in 2015 thanks to her work on the action film, Mad Max: Fury Road.
18. Jane Fonda: $125 Million
Jane Fonda is a true Hollywood legend thanks in large part to her lineage, being the daughter of Henry Fonda. Jane would make her screen debut in 1960 in the film Tall Story. Since then she would go on to become a potent political activist, an award winning actress, and a critically acclaimed novelist.
17. Nicole Kidman: $125 Million
Many may define Nicole Kidman by her former relationship with Tom Cruise but that would be doing the superstar entertainer an injustice. Kidman is a celebrated actress with an Oscar on her mantle thanks to the 2002 film The Hours. Kidman has also racked up two Golden Globe wins and seven additional nominations. She is currently married to country singing superstar Keith Urban.
16. Drew Barrymore: $125 Million
Drew Barrymore made her on-screen debut before she could even walk, scoring a commercial at just eleven months old. Barrymore would go on to pretty much define the term ‘child actor’ with roles in E.T. and Firestarter. Barrymore went off the rails for awhile, struggling with substance abuse, but she has since recovered in a prolific way.
15. Demi Moore: $150 Million
Demi Moore broke into Hollywood in the early ’80s with a standout role in St. Elmo’s Fire. Since then the New Mexico born talent has gone on to score two Golden Globe nominations as well as a Primetime Emmy nomination. Moore has a slew of projects ready for release in 2016 and ’17.
14. Jennifer Aniston: $150 Million
From Friends to Forbes, Jennifer Aniston went from a leading lady on television to becoming one of the wealthiest actresses of all time. Aniston is a California native, from the Sherman Oaks area, with an affinity for comedy. She most recently stole the show in the hit film We’re the Millers before tabbing a follow up film in Horrible Bosses 2.
13. Julia Roberts: $175 Million
Julia Roberts was born in rural Georgia where folks didn’t typically dream of becoming Hollywood legends. Still, Roberts found her way to success thanks to her clear talent in films like Pretty Woman and Erin Brockovich. Roberts has been nominated for eight Golden Globes (3 wins) and four Oscars (2 wins).
12. Julia Louis-Dreyfus: $200 Million
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a human steroid for television ratings. She played an integral part in the success of the most influential show of all time (Seinfeld) and now holds down one of HBO’s most beloved programs, Veep. Dreyfus will be earning royalties for the rest of her life thanks to the syndication of Seinfeld. Did we mention that she’s also the daughter of billionaire Gerard Louis-Dreyfus?
11. Sandra Bullock: $200 Million
Sandra Bullock was born in Arlington, Virginia where she would be raised before making the jump to Los Angeles. Bullock is revered worldwide for her talent in both romantic comedies (Miss Congeniality) and straight up action projects (Gravity). Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuaron, would go on to bring in $723 million worldwide.
10. Angelina Jolie: $200 Million
If Brad Pitt is Hollywood’s leading man then Angelina Jolie is Hollywood’s leading lady. Jolie is an Oscar winning entertainer who has found immense success on both sides of the camera. Jolie reached the next level in Hollywood after starring in the hit action series, Tomb Raider.
9. Sasha Alexander: $215 Million
Sasha Alexander defines what makes television work so special. While Alexander never really caught on in feature films she has been a stalwart in the realm of syndicated television thanks to her work on Rizzoli & Isles, Shameless, and NCIS.
8. Paget Brewster: $245 Million
Paget Brewster hit the next level in her career thanks to a recurring role on the TV series Friends. She would then parlay this experience into recurring roles on other juggernaut series such as Criminal Minds (128 episodes) and Grandfathered (leading role). Brewster is a prolific TV and voice actor with several shows in syndication.
7. Mia Wasikowska: $275 Million
Australian born Mia Wasikowska stole the hearts of children everywhere when she landed the leading role of Alice in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Thanks to her work on Alice in Wonderland the film would go on to score over $1 billion at the box office. Since then the 26 year old starlet has become a legitimate leading lady with various roles in tentpole productions.
6. The Olsen Twins: $300 Million
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen stole our hearts as child actors in the series Full House. Though the sisters stayed in Hollywood for a few more years they have since moved on to the fashion industry where they have their own label, The Row.
5. Jessica Alba: $350 Million
Jessica Alba began cutting her teeth in Hollywood at the age of 13 (Camp Nowhere) before landing the TV show Dark Angel at just 19 years old. Now a genuine superstar, Alba brings in money through her new business The Honest Company. The Honest Company creates non toxic cleaning products and is heavily involved with charity.
4. Candace Bailey: $500 Million
Candace Bailey has done it all in her life. The wealthy model used to host Attack of the Show on G4 but before that she was a Junior Olympic Gymnast and a superstar child actor with roles on The Sopranos and Jericho.
3. Madonna: $800 Million
Madonna has transcended the label of ‘entertainer’ and now resides in the public eye as an icon. She is a superstar musician, an accomplished actress, and a proud member of the ‘almost billionaire’ club.
2. Oprah Winfrey: $3.2 Billion
The most shocking thing about this list is that Oprah Winfrey is in second place. Winfrey is a celebrated actress thanks to her starring role in The Color Purple back in 1985. Winfrey is also one of the most attuned business moguls on the planet as she owns her own television network which generates billions of dollars in revenue.
1. Dina Merrill: $5.1 Billion
We’ve reached the summit. Dina Merrill is a 92 year old socialite who used to dip her toes in acting. Merrill starred in over 20 films during her career, spanning from 1957 to 1979. At one time Merrill was considered the ‘next Grace Kelly’. Now she is comfortably retired and focused on her philanthropy.
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