Forbes Magazine on Friday announced American actress, Sofia Vergara, as the world’s highest-paid actress.
The latest list released Forbes showed that Vergara, who is currently a judge on America’s Got Talent, earned $43 million in the past 12 months in salary and endorsements.
The magazine revealed that most of Vergara’s earnings came from Modern Family and America’s Got Talent, which she padded up with endorsement deals. She made $500,000 per episode for the show, while America’s Got Talent makes her $10 million per season
Also included in the top 10 are Angelina Jolie ($35.5 million), Gal Gadot ($31 million), Melissa McCarthy (25 million), Meryl Streep ($24 million), Emily Blunt ($22.5 million), Nicole Kidman ($22 million), Ellen Pompeo ($19 million), Elisabeth Moss ($16 million) and Viola Davis ($15.5 million).
The coronavirus pandemic paralysed Hollywood, forcing crews to stop production and shutting movie theatres, thereby delaying so many big-budget films. But actresses who make most of their money from television and/or streaming services made up the bulk of the list.
In total, the top 10 paid actresses in the world in 2020 earned $254 million in the 12 months leading up to June, Forbes said. That was down 20 per cent from last year.
Compared to the top 10 highest-paid male actors released last month, the male actors made $545 million, almost double. Dwayne Johnson topped the male list, with $87.5 million. Akshay Kumar was the only Indian actor on either list.
The men’s list also included Ryan Reynolds, Mark Wahlberg, Ben Affleck, Vin Diesel, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Will Smith, Adam Sandler and Jackie Chan.