The most popular actresses aren’t always the highest paid, and this list is proof of it. Keep reading to find out who are the richest actresses of the moment—we promise some of these entries will surprise you! Stay tuned for parts two and three, coming soon!
Number Twenty: Sofia Vergara
The actress was first discovered by a photographer while walking down the beach in Colombia, her home country. Her career took off nationally right away and she became a familiar face among Colombian TV audiences. Her international breakout would come in 2009, thanks to ABC’s Modern Family. Vergara is more than a talented actress; she is a savvy businesswoman and she knows exactly how to expand her financial horizons. Her portfolio includes a clothing line for Kmart and two fragrances. Vergara has been the highest paid TV actress for 4 years in a row. Net worth: $85 million.
Number Nineteen: Sarah Jessica Parker
Forever known as Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City assured the actress (and some three or four generations after her) extraordinarily economic success. In 2007, Parker ventured herself into the Fashion industry with her own clothing line, “Bitten”. Like Vergara, Jessica-Parker also launched her own perfume, which brought her an extra $18 million in 2010. Net worth: $90 million.
Number Eighteen: One of the Most Well-Known Actresses – Cameron Díaz
Some of her latest movies haven’t performed as well as one would have expected, but Díaz still remains one of the highest-paid actresses in the world. She captivated America with her striking beauty in The Mask and keeps charming audiences with every role she takes. 2015 saw her rise as the highest-grossing U.S. domestic box office actress with a total earning of $3 billion. Net worth: $90 million.
Number Seventeen: Rosie O’Donnell
O’Donnell started as a stand-up comedian around the underground comedy scene of New York City and moved to television sitcoms in the mid-’80s. Her golden opportunity arose ten years later with her own talk show, The Rosie O’Donnel Show. She left the show in 2002 and focused on other activities, such as acting, blogging, editing and producing. In addition, O’Donell is an active spokeswoman and LGTB rights activist. Net worth: $100 million.
Number Sixteen: Charlize Theron
Originally from South Africa, Theron moved to Europe at 16 years old to pursue a modeling career, only to travel to New York a year later to study ballet dancing. None if this satisfied her as much as acting did and she flew to L.A. on a one-way ticket to follow her dream, a decision that changed her life forever. She has become one of the most skilled and resourceful actresses in Hollywood, as well as one of America’s favorite stars. Net worth: $110 million.
Number Fifteen: Courteney Cox
Courtney Cox has been working steadily in the film industry for over 25 years, starring in hits like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Scream, but it was her iconic role in Friends that launched her into stardom. When the show was experiencing its golden age, NBC cashed a few million dollars per episode. Cox clearly knew how to manage her fortune and, despite a shortage in relevant roles for the actress in recent years, she still remains one of the richest actresses in America. Net worth: $120 million.
Number Fourteen: Jane Fonda
Two times Oscar winner Jane Fonda has been a top grossing actress for half a century now. On top of her solid acting career, Fonda increased her already impressive net worth with her fitness endeavors that got America to its feet through a series of workout routine videos. Net worth: $120 million. Stay tuned for parts two and three, coming soon!