Forbes magazine has just released a list of financial superstars that we’ve actually heard of: Hollywood’s Top Earning Actresses!
While the names are no real shock, the order in which they fall sort of comes as a surprise. The list was compiled based on the total earnings these women made from May 2011 to May 2012.
Twilight’s one and only Bella Swan, Kristen Stewart, tops the list with $34.5 million. And she’s only 22 years old! Most of this money came from her work as a budding vampire. She owes a serious debt to the countless Twihards that perpetuate her phenomenon… and to her boyfriend Rob Pattinson who keeps her in the tabloids, constantly.
Cameron Diaz is running a close second with a mere half a million less at $34 million, primarily from her work on the “quiet hit” Bad Teacher, which co-starred former boyfriend Justin Timberlake.
Sandra Bullock made $25 million after being in demand as an Oscar winner. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close was her most notable role of the last year.
Angelina Jolie made $20 million. Forbes notes that she earns “millions from residuals and endorsement deals.” And the tabloids love to speculate about her family, their drama and hence her popularity.
Charlize Theron earned $18 million with her buzz from Young Adult propelling her into roles in Prometheus and Snow White and the Huntsman. She also does those perfume commercials.
The bottom five of the top earners are:
Julia Roberts, $16 million
Sarah Jessica Parker $15 million
Meryl Streep $12 million
Kristen Wiig $12 million
Jennifer Aniston $11 million
But seriously, even for those at the losing end of this list, it was a pretty good year! You go ladies, make that money!