The people over at Forbes are very good at counting money, but ain’t so good at the words and stuff, exhibit A: they've labeled Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Bethenny Frankel as “actresses.”
That glaring error aside, Forbes has rounded up it’s annual list of the Highest Paid TV Actresses, but we’re going to call it “TV Stars” because I cannot put those three women in the same category as professionals like Eva Longoria and Zooey Deschanel. I just cannot.
The highest paid actress of 2012 was Sofia Vergara. She reportedly just got engaged and better have a pre-nup because she’s worth A TON, well, $19 million to be exact, and that’s just in the last year.
Her millions are thanks to her role on “Modern Family,” her clothing line at Kmart which earned her a seven figure advance, her endorsement deals for CoverGirl and Diet Pepsi and her three films this year and management company Latin World Entertainment.
Following closely behind Vergara is Kim Kardashian who made $18 million last year. I’m not even going to dwell on her accolades, you know why she’s famous, but I’ll sum it up in a few words… Quick Trim, Dash, E!. The End.
Eva Longoria landed on the #3 spot thanks to her $375,000 per episode she made on the last season of “Desperate Housewives.” She’s also producing two new shows headed to TV this fall and endorsement deals with L’Oreal Paris and Pepsi. Her income last year was $15 million.
Another non-actress has made it to the #4 spot on the “actresses” list – Bethenny Frankel. The reality-star-turned-talk-show-host makes loads of cash from her Skinnygirl Cocktails, her book “Skinnydipping” and her new daytime talk show.
Khloe Kardashian rounds out the top five with an annual earning of $11 million, actually tying for fifth place with “30 Rock” star Tina Fey. I’m having a real hard time wrapping my head around the idea that a Kardashian has ANYTHING in common with Tina Fey.
Check out the Top 20 Highest-Paid TV Actresses
1) Sofia Vergara - $19 million
2) Kim Kardashian - $18 million
3) Eva Longoria - $15 million
4) Bethenny Frankel - $12 million
5) Khloe Kardashian Odom - $11 million
6) Tina Fey - $11 million
7) Mariska Hargitay - $10 million
8) Zooey Deschanel - $9 million
9) Felicity Huffman - $9 million
10) Ellen Pompeo - $9 million
11) Kate Walsh - $8 million
12) Teri Hatcher - $8 million
13) Marcia Cross - $8 million
14) Kaley Cuoco - $8 million
15) Alyson Hannigan - $7 million
16) Marg Helgenberger - $7 million
17) Melissa McCarthy - $6 million
18) Julianna Margulies - $6 million
19) Kyra Sedgwick - $6 million
20) Courtney Cox - $5 million