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The 10 women making the big bucks from their acting careers across the international movie industries have a combined $254 million, before fees and taxes. Forbes which released the list looked at female actors from around the globe, including Bollywood and the burgeoning Chinese cinema industry. However, actresses from the U.S still took home a bulk of the money.

While actresses such as Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone once topped the list between 2016, 2017, and 2018, the rise of new faces between 2019 and 2020 in the industry, to top the list is one of the sources of inspiration for fast-rising actresses worldwide. Today, Sofia Vergara has claimed the top spot as the highest-paid actress in the world. This was unsurprising after she made an amazing $43 million in the past year.

Aside from the known fact, that most of these actresses made their earnings from television and streaming, the highest paid for 2020, Sofia Vergara, has also achieved much for herself. Her biggest earnings came, of course, from playing Gloria on ABC’s Modern Family, for which she earned $500,000 per episode, and her new job as a TV talent judge on America’s Got Talent, which pays her at least $10 million each season.

Also, bagging numerous endorsements for top brands and licensing deals kept her above others in the list, including Hollywood veteran actress, Angelina Jolie – who could only come in second position, after earning $35 million in the last 12 months.

So, who are the rest of the world’s highest-paid actresses for 2020? Check them out below.

1. Sofia Vergara – $43 million

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The Colombian-American actress has been in the acting scene for over two decades and has starred in quite a number of big movies such as Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns, Madea Goes to Jail, for which she received an ALMA Award nomination and a host of others. The actress has continued to put up outstanding performances which have fetched her fatter paychecks. Eventually, in 2019, she was named the second-highest-paid TV actress.

Thus, it did not come much as a surprise when she rose to the number one spot in early 2020, thanks to her $10 million (per season) America’s Got Talent deal, her involvement in the comedy series, Modern Family, where she earns $500,000 per episode, and endorsement deals including a line of jeans at Walmart and furniture at Rooms To Go. These deals keep coming for the actress, businesswoman, model, television producer, and comedian.

2. Angelina Jolie – $35.5 million

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Angelina Jolie’s role in some of the top tier movies such as Hackers, Girl, Interrupted (which won her her first Academy Awards as Best Supporting Actress), Wanted, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and so many other series elevated her to the status of an A-list actor in Hollywood. Through these years, the veteran Hollywood actress and mother of six has made her mark – even beyond acting – aiding in humanitarian activities. Severally, she has been named the highest-paid actress in the world. Aside from securing most of her earnings from just core traditional movies, her role and pay in the upcoming Marvel movie, The Eternals, which has a budget of about $200 million has got people talking.

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3. Gal Gadot – $31.5 million

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The Israeli-born actress became famous for her role in the DC superhero movie, Wonder Woman 1984. Before her debut in the movie industry, Gal Gadot had made a name for herself as a fashion model, participating in top tier beauty pageantries and emerging as Miss Israel in the year 2004 at age 18.

However, she delved into filmmaking as a producer and actress which earned her the most part of her net worth. The movie, Wonder Woman 1984 alone, made her $10 million richer while her role in the Netflix film, Red Notice earned her $20 million. As a fashion brand herself, she continues to rake in more money from modeling agencies and endorsement deals.

4. Melissa McCarthy – $25 million

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The Illinois-born actress is one that has appeared on this list since 2015, when she was ranked 3rd and in 2018 when she was ranked 9th by Forbes Magazine. She has appeared in major movies including Bridesmaids which was her breakout movie. Due to her perennial successes on TV, she bagged endorsement deals which include clothing business partnerships, hosting shows and events such as Saturday Night Live (SNL). Alongside her husband, Ben Falconer, she founded her own production company, On the Days Production in 2013, her own clothing line, Seven7 in 2015, and earned a total of $33 million in 2015. Now, in 2020, her annual earning is to the tune of $25 million.

5. Meryl Streep – $24 million

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The 71-years-old native of New Jersey is regarded as one of Hollywood’s living legends. It is reported that herself and prominent Hollywood director, Steven Soderbergh teamed up for the comedy Let Them All Talk and sold it to HBO Max for a whopping $33 million, and she allegedly earned $5 million from the amount.

The three-time Academy Award Winner is said to have raked in more money from her involvement in recent movies such as Little Women (2019) and The Prom (2020). She has also been consistent in this list, earning about $25 million between September 2019 and September 2020. Streep is known for her standard of collecting a $20 million salary without clauses for further earnings her movies. It is important to state that she has accepted pay cuts in the past for roles she considers important.

6. Emily Blunt – $22.5 million

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The English actress is married to American actor John Krasinski, and they are both among the top eaners in Hollywood. It is also on record that, herself and her husband are into real estate, having Kendall Jenner as one of their clients, after they sold their Hollywood Hills home to her in 2016, a 5-acre property in Ojai, California which they sold for $2.5 million in January 2017.

7. Nicole Kidman – $22 million

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Early this year, it was revealed that Nicole will earn about $1 million per episode for her upcoming miniseries on HBO, The Undoing. Also, the Australian actress will join Meryl Streep in Ryan Murphy’s The Prom on Netflix, which will pay her an eight-figure salary upfront. The actress, popularly known for her role in ‘Batman Forever’,  is also an Academy Award recipient.

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8. Ellen Pompeo – $19 million

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The American actress is one of the highest-paid actresses in the world today, thanks to her involvement in the ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. It is a known fact that her character, Meredith Grey is pivotal in the success of the drama series and no doubt, her $550,000 per-episode salary has helped her take home $20 million annually, just for her role in the series, with royalties inclusive.

9. Elisabeth Moss – $16 million

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The actress bust into global reckoning when she appeared as Peggy Olson in the hit AMC series, Mad Men. The show which began in 2007 ran until 2015 when it aired its last episodes with Elisabeth Moss appearing in 88 of its 92 episodes.

Today, Elisabeth is probably best known for her starring role in the Hulu drama The Handmaid’s Tale which began airing in 2017. It was revealed that Hulu paid her $1 million per episode to star in the series.

10. Viola Davis – $15.5 million

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Viola Davis is the only black woman to have made it to the top ten highest-paid actresses in 2020. Viola Davies had started her career as a theater actress and later switched to film and television, appearing in some of the finest movies we have seen, such as; King Hedley II, Intimate Apparel, Out of Sight, Traffic, among others. Just like her counterparts in this list, she has won numerous awards including an Academy Award.

Davis makes the list for the first time thanks to seven-figure checks from her roles like Annalise Keating on How to Get Away with Murder and Ma Rainey in Netflix’s film adaption of the August Wilson play Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Today, She is one of the highest-paid actresses in the world, earning over $15 million between September 2019 and September 2020.

Summary of The Top Ten Highest Paid Actresses for 2020

1. Sofia Vergara – $43 million

2. Angelina Jolie – $35.5 million

3. Gal Gadot – $31.5 million

4. Melissa McCarthy – $25 million

5. Meryl Streep – $24 million

6. Emily Blunt – $22.5 million

7. Nicole Kidman – $22 million

8. Ellen Pompeo – $19 million

9. Elisabeth Moss – $16 million

10. Viola Davis – $15.5 million

Reference

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