It's widely known that a successful actress can earn very much money. In most cases, it takes talent and hard work and sometimes a little bit of good luck. Do you know which actresses makes the most money? Check out this list to find out the answer.
1. DINA MERRILL, NET WORTH: $5.1 BILLION
Dina Merrill is the oldest and richest on the list. She gained great popularity among the 50s and 60s with 22 films and some television appearances under her belt. However, what made her a billionaire (yes billionaire) is mainly the heir to the Post cereal fortune and some savvy business ventures she made with her several husbands.
2. JESSICA ALBA, NET WORTH: $1.7 BILLION
Jessica Alba is a very famous actress with a number of movies credits to her name and a television series appearances. Her acting career has brought her a net worth of $200 million. She is also a co-founder of The Honest Company, which is currently valued at around $1 billion and going IPO in the near future. As a result, her net worth may grow very soon.
3. SANDRA BULLOCK, NET WORTH: $200 MILLION
In acting career, Sandra Bullock has reached a point where she only works when she wants to and on the projects she wants. She was paid $56 million for one movie making her the highest-paid actress in the world.
4. JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS, NET WORTH: $200 MILLION
Julia Louis, this famous Seinfeld actress, ranks on the list by her $200 million net worth by her acting career. As the daughter of billionaire Gerard Louis-Dreyfus, she may value more when she comes into her inheritance.
5. JULIA ROBERTS, NET WORTH: $140 MILLION
Julia Roberts became famous after starring in Pretty Women. She is paid $25 million per film, being one of the highest returns of actresses in Hollywood. She has been named by People Magazine one of the most beautiful people on the planet 11 times, and her films have grossed over $2 billion in ticket sales alone.
6. JENNIFER ANISTON, NET WORTH: $200 MILLION
Jennifer Aniston is undoubtedly one of the most recognized comedic actresses in Hollywood today. She was the star of the greatly successful television show Friends. In the final seasons of the show, Aniston was making $1 million per episode which makes her one of the highest-paid television actresses in history.
7. ANGELINA JOLIE, NET WORTH: $160 MILLION
Angelina Jolie is a talented actress, earning $19 million for her role in Maleficent. She is also a dedicated activist, traveling the world speaking out on human rights issues. The rights to the first pictures of her firstborn went for over $3 million alone.
8. JANE FONDA, NET WORTH $200 MILLION
Jane Fonda is a well-known actress whose numerous roles have earned her a tidy sum of money. She has won two Academy Awards, an Emmy, and seven Golden Globes. Apart from her acting career, she also made money through several fitness videos.
9. CAMERON DIAZ, NET WORTH: $140 MILLION
In 2013, Cameron Diaz was named the highest paid actress over 40. She consistently pulls in the crowds with her comedy roles including The Mask. she is also known for a few dramatic roles and her voice acting in Shrek. Her most recent film The Other Woman earned her $19 million.
10. SOFIA VERGARA, NET WORTH: $160 MILLION
Sofia Vergara remains the highest paid television actress for the third year in a row. She earned $37 million last year. She also gets a great deal of money from her endorsement deals that help her get to that $37 million a year mark.
11. KRISTEN STEWART, NET WORTH: $70 MILLION
There are a few people arguing that Kristen Stewart doesn't belong in the same class as many of the talented actresses on this list. But she got $25 million per Twilight movie with a small percentage of profits that could make her pay $40 million, so she fits into the got lucky category of high paid actresses.
12. GWYNETH PALTROW, NET WORTH: $140 MILLION
Gwyneth Paltrow is continuing on the superhero track. The biggest part of her money is coming in from the Iron Man series. She made $19 million from Iron Man 3, and there will be an Iron Man 4, so her payday isn't going away anytime soon. Besides, she also gets some high paying endorsement deals.
13. MERYL STREEP, NET WORTH: $90 MILLION
Meryl Streep is an icon of Hollywood. She has been nominated for more Academy Awards than any other actor or actress in history, winning three of them. She has been nominated for 29 Golden Globes, winning 8 which is more nominations and wins than any other actor or actress in all the time. With all this, you'll be surprised to know that she only pulls in $10 million per movie.
14. SCARLETT JOHANSSON, NET WORTH: $140 MILLION
What Scarlett Johansson teach the world is that getting cast in a superhero series is big money. The Marvel series makes big money and being cast as Black Widow means that Scarlett Johansson has some big paydays coming. Right now she gets paid $17 million per film.
15. EMMA WATSON, NET WORTH: $80 MILLION
As the leading actress of The Harry Potter, Emma Watson was easily pulling in $15- $20 million a year while filming the series. That money will last her on her current break from any major acting projects. Currently, Emma Watson is championing women's issues around the world as a goodwill ambassador.
16. MARISKA HARGITAY, NET WORTH: $50 MILLION
Mariska Hargitay continues to be one of the biggest attractions of the show Law and Order: SVU for 13 seasons. As she stays with the show her paycheck keeps growing and she is now the second highest paid television actress earning $13 million a year.
17. JENNIFER LAWRENCE, NET WORTH: $110 MILLION
Thanks to the success of the first Hunger Games movie, Jennifer Lawrence is now able to command a big salary for the future films in the series. It is estimated that she made $34 million for the latest film that makes her the second highest paid actress in 2014.
18. KALEY CUCUO, NET WORTH: $55 MILLION
The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cucuo-Sweeting garners $11 million a year in the highly popular TV show. She has been on the show since 2007, and her paycheck was growing as the show became the most-watched comedy on television.
19. ELLEN POMPEO, NET WORTH: $40 MILLION
Ellen Pompeo is another actress that brings in a big payday for her television role, earning $350,000 per episode, or $10 million a year. She is most known for her current role on Grey's Anatomy, which she has starred in since 2005. She says that when Grey's Anatomy ended, she will no longer be acting.
20. JULIANNA MARGUILES, NET WORTH: $22 MILLION
With a yearly income of $10 millionJulianna, Marguiles is third on the list of highest paid television actresses. But it is only by choice that she has a smaller paycheck than Mariska Hargitay. She left ER at the height of her career on the show and was offered $27 million to stay on the show. She thought it was time to move on and try something new.
21. STACEY ABRAMS, NET WORTH: $110K
Stacey Abrams，a once candidate of Georgia’ governor, has a net worth of $110,000. She was stated owing the IRS more than $50,000, and the debt was caused dating to when she was a student. Now she is working on this payment.
22. MONICA LEWINSKY, NET WORTH: $500K
Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern, had a notoriously famous relationship with the former president Bill Clinton. Now she is a television personality, and fashion designer and has a net worth of about $500,000.