Truly, there is clearly no business like showbusiness.
The entertainment industry is indeed one of the most publicized and highly prolific industries in the world. Not only is it prolific but it is also very lucrative. Entertainers receive one of the highest salaries in the world and the most established entertainers can easily earn a million dollars in a snap. This is the reason why many of them are living the kind of life that only millionaires can afford. The Hollywood life is indeed larger than life.
Furthermore, in Hollywood, there are stars and there are superstars. Superstars seem to always get the best deals and the meatiest parts – be it a film role, a television guesting, or a recording contract. They also get many product endorsements and enjoy special VIP treatment wherever they go.
This list dishes to you the top 10 richest female actors in the world today. Their earnings may have come from just one specific film project or from a string of high-profile film roles. These actresses actually have a long “shelf life” because one advantage of being and working in Hollywood is that your audience IS the entire world!
10. Krysten Ritter – $185 Million
Ritter is one of the most prolific actresses seen in television. Before she became a television star, she spent many lucrative years in modeling both in ramp and in magazines. After modeling, she landed pivotal roles in shows like Breaking Bad, Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars, and her current starrer – Jessica Jones.
9. Julia Louis Dreyfuss – $200 Million
Dreyfuss is one of America’s most popular female comedians. The television shows that she has starred in all became hits and top raters – including Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and currently – Veep. She has also made a number of memorable films and has won many acting awards.
8. Angelina Jolie – $205 Million
Angelina Jolie personifies Hollywood A-class. This Academy Award winner and wife to Brad Pitt has made films that were not only critically acclaimed but box-office hits as well. Her character as Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider film franchise is still by far her most memorable and most lucrative role to date.
7. Victoria Principal – $210 Million
Principal is totally television royalty. Her most popular role is in the hit 80’s drama series “Dallas.” A cunning businesswoman, an intelligent author, a philanthropic individual, and a creative actress, she remains to be an icon of the good old glory days of American television.
6. Sasha Alexander – $215 Million
Alexander is a star in both film and television. Her first memorable television role was in Dawson’s Creek and she has since then landed a prominent role in the hit television detective serial drama NCIS. She has also branched out to have a relatively successful film career.
5. Paget Brewster – $245 Million
Brewster’s career in television has been very prolific and successful. Today, she is known more prominently for her role as a lead female detective in the top-rater Criminal Minds. Other than that, she has also made several television and film appearances, with the latest being in the film Justice League: Of Gods and Monsters.
4. Mia Wasikowska – $275 Million
Wasikowska is a superstar in her native Australia where she has appeared in many landmark television series and films. In the United States, her most prominent role is in the critically hailed series In Treatment in HBO.
3. Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen – $300 Million
The Olsen twins have been Hollywood superstars in their own right. They are iconic siblings in Hollywood where families are oftentimes dysfunctional and chaotic. The sisters also have several highly-lucrative product endorsements and highly fashionable appearances.
2. Candace Bailey – $500 Million
Bailey is a superstar television personality who has appeared in many television programs both in prime time television and in syndication.
1. Dina Merrill – $5.1 Billion
Merrill is an artist that appears in television, film, and theater. Her years in show business had also accumulated for her a vast amount of wealth. Good thing she is also a good philanthropist.