I’m sure this is no shock to anyone but the new Forbes list of top earning actresses is out and while some women earn a ton of money from acting and endorsements, they make way les than their male peers.
The top female earner was Angelina Jolie with $27 million. The top male earner was Harrison Ford at $65 million. The top 10 actors earner earned $393 million compared with $183 million for actresses.
Right behind Jolie is Jennifer Aniston at $25 million, and surprisingly and happily Meryl Streep is third with $24 million. I’m going to say that again. Meryl Streep made $24 million last year. A 60 year old female actress made $24 million. How cool. Even though Meryl has always been on top with nominations she has never been a big earner and now at 60 she is making some serious bucks. It definitely helps that Mamma Mia! has earned over $603 million worldwide.
The only woman of color in the top 20 is Halle Berry who earned $7 million.
Angelina Jolie- $27 m
Jennifer Aniston- $25 m
Meryl Streep- $24 m
Sarah Jessica Parker- $23 m
Cameron Diaz- $20 m
Sandra Bullock and Reese Witherspoon- $15 m
Nicole Kidman and Drew Barrymore- $12 m
Renee Zellweger- $10m
Cate Blanchett- $8m
Anne Hathaway and Halle Berry – $7m
Scarlett Johansson- $5.5m
Kate Winslet- $2m
Hollywood’s Top Earning Actresses (Forbes.com)