The 22 Richest and Highest Paid Actresses in the World by Net Worth

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Financially, 2021 was a tough year for a lot of us. However, some people were still managing to rake in the dough despite the pandemic continuing to rage on, specifically those who provided the masses with much-needed entertainment during the lockdown.

As you may notice, many of the lavish ladies in this article have something in common: multiple sources of income. We love a good girl boss, so here is our definitive list of the richest actresses in the world going into 2022.

22. Kaley Cuoco — Net Worth: $100 million

This 36-year-old actress may be best known for her role as Penny in The Big Bang Theory, Kaley Cuoco has since branched out into new projects that have helped her break out of the sitcom mold.

Currently, she stars in the HBO Max thriller comedy series, The Flight Attendant, which Cuoco has been seriously praised for, garnering her multiple nominations at the Primetime Emmy Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, and the Critics’ Choice Awards.

Wealthy actress Kaley Cuoco and billionaire heir Karl Cook filed for divorce in September 2021Wealthy actress Kaley Cuoco and billionaire heir Karl Cook filed for divorce in September 2021 (Credit: Sheri Determan / WENN)

Though Kaley Cuoco’s many acting credits have earned her a pretty penny, the actress was also married to Karl Cook, son of billionaire and founder of Intuit, Scott Cook.

Meeting at a horse show in California in March 2016, the two married in 2018. Both avid equestrians, they could frequently be seen online galloping on horseback. The couple split and filed for divorce in September 2021.

21. Amy Irving — Net Worth: $120 million

68-year-old actress Amy Irving is best known for her dedication to the stage, appearing on Broadway in Amadeus in 1980, before transitioning to the big screen.

Steven Spielberg's ex-wife Amy Irving with her third husband Kenneth Bowser attend the opening night performance of 'Sunday in the Park with George'Steven Spielberg’s ex-wife Amy Irving with her third husband Kenneth Bowser attend the opening night performance of ‘Sunday in the Park with George’ at the Hudson Theatre on February 23, 2017, in New York City (Credit: Joseph Marzullo / WENN)

That didn’t stop Irving from her love of theater, though, as she appeared in the movie-musical Yentl alongside Barbra Streisand, and has continued to work both on and off-Broadway throughout her career. You may even recognize her as goody-two-shoes Sue Snell alongside Sissy Spacek’s Carrie.

Amy Irving was also married to celebrity director Steven Spielberg in the 1980s, but after their divorce, went on to marry Bruno Barreto before finally settling down with her current husband, Kenneth Bowser.

20. Angelina Jolie – Net Worth: $120 million

Appearing in films such as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and Salt, Angelina Jolie is hailed as one of the most influential actresses of the 21st century.

Jolie has been named the highest-paid actress in the world multiple times — specifically the years between Sandra Bullock’s reign.

Additionally, she has earned a number of awards for her acting chops, including an Academy Award and three Golden Globes.

Not to mention, the actress has been a hot topic in the tabloids many times due to her famed (and strange) relationship with actor Billy Bob Thornton and her marriage and subsequent divorce to Brad Pitt.

Angelina Jolie is an award-winning actress and a philanthropist hailed as one of the most influential actresses of the 21st centuryAngelina Jolie is an award-winning actress and a philanthropist hailed as one of the most influential actresses of the 21st century (Credit: Mega / WENN)

Like some of the other actresses on this list, Jolie is highly dedicated to altruistic ventures, voicing her outspoken support for child immigration, education, conservation, community development, human rights, and women’s rights.

Her impact on these topics cannot be understated, as Angelina Jolie was named an ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and has spoken at multiple United Nations summits.

Though Angelina Jolie could have had a higher net worth than most of the actresses on this list, her charity efforts have made a large dent, earning her an estimated net worth of $120 million in 2022.

19. Drew Barrymore — Net Worth: $125 million

Like a few other actresses on this list, 46-year-old Drew Barrymore was a prolific child star, starting her career as an infant, and has been acting ever since.

The reigning queen of rom-com and a frequent collaborator of Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore has been in more iconic films than you can count, including Never Been Kissed, 50 First Dates, The Wedding Singer, Donnie Darko, and Whip It.

One of the world's richest actresses, Drew Barrymore films a funny segment for her popular daytime talk showOne of the world’s richest actresses, Drew Barrymore films a funny segment for her popular daytime talk show on the streets of New York City on January 7, 2022 (Credit: MEGA / WENN)

Drew Barrymore’s impressive $125 million net worth is not just the product of her acting career. She founded her production company, Flower Films, which has also made a foray into the beauty industry.

Now, Barrymore’s Flower company creates makeup, eyewear, and perfumes. She has also worked on a collection of artisanal wines and a clothing line.

18. Cameron Diaz — Net Worth: $140 million

49-year-old Cameron Diaz joins the ranks of models turned actresses on this list, starting her career with Elite Model Management before making her film debut at the young age of 21, landing a coveted spot in The Mask alongside legendary funnyman Jim Carrey.

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Since then, she has appeared in a number of titles, ranging from romantic comedies to pure dramas, such as There’s Something About Mary, Any Given Sunday, Being John Malkovich, and Vanilla Sky.

Cameron Diaz can frequently be seen endorsing brands like Calvin Klein or relaxing with her husband, Benji Madden from the band Good Charlotte, on social media.

17. Jennifer Lopez — Net Worth: $150 Million

52-year-old Jenny from the Block has managed to carve out an impressive career as a musician, actress, and businesswoman.

Jennifer Lopez started out as a dancer on In Living Color before pursuing acting, eventually landing her the iconic titular role in Selena. Since then, J.Lo has appeared in a number of titles, such as The Wedding Planner and Hustlers.

One of America's wealthiest self-made women, Jennifer Lopez is part of Coach's global ad campaigns for leather goods, ready-to-wear, and footwearOne of America’s wealthiest self-made women, Jennifer Lopez is part of Coach’s global ad campaigns for leather goods, ready-to-wear, and footwear (Credit: MEGA / WENN / Coach)

Jennifer Lopez’s star-studded filmography has led her to a number of accolades, including being ranked as Forbes magazine’s most powerful celebrity in the world in 2012.

The actress has ventured into the beauty and fashion industry, fragrances, and a production company, all leading to her estimated 2022 net worth of $150 million. Some analysts believe her real net worth is much higher, perhaps around $400 million.

16. Miley Cyrus — Net Worth: $160 million

Singer-songwriter, actress, and multi-hyphenate Miley Cyrus has done nearly everything there is to do in the entertainment industry.

The 29-year-old got her start in the titular role of Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel, which earned Cyrus multiple Kids’ Choice Awards and Billboard Hot 100 hits for songs from the show.

Her music career post-Disney Channel also proved to be extremely successful, with her album Bangerz debuting at number one on the Billboard 200.

Multi-hyphenate star Miley Cyrus has a number of hit shows, songs, and albums under her beltMulti-hyphenate star Miley Cyrus has a number of hit shows, songs, and albums under her belt (Credit: Mega / WENN)

The daughter of famed country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus has appeared in a number of films and television shows, such as Black Mirror, The Night Before, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Stand By You, all while simultaneously releasing hit albums and going on world tours. Cyrus’ many ventures have garnered her a 2022 net worth of $160 million.

15. Jennifer Lawrence — Net Worth: $160 million

America’s favorite relatable actress, 31-year-old Jennifer Lawrence is a newcomer compared to some of the other actresses on this list, but this has done nothing to impede her great success.

In fact, her films have grossed over $6 billion globally, and she has appeared on Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” list and Forbes“Celebrity 100” list.

One of Time's most influential people in the world, Jennifer Lawrence is best known for her roles in X-Men and The Hunger Games franchiseOne of Time’s most influential people in the world, Jennifer Lawrence is best known for her roles in X-Men and The Hunger Games franchise (Credit: Avalon / WENN)

Best known for titles such as X-Men: First Class, The Devil You Know, Dark Phoenix, and The Hunger Games franchise, Lawrence is a strong advocate for bodily autonomy, equal pay, and political efficacy.

Additionally, she has worked closely with organizations such as the World Food Programme, Feeding America, and the Thirst Project.

Even with her many altruistic ventures, Jennifer Lawrence is one of the richest actresses in the world this year with an estimated net worth of $160 million.

14. Charlize Theron — Net Worth: $160 million

Charlize Theron (and a few of the other actresses on this list) show that you don’t have to be a Hollywood native to make it big in the film industry.

46-year-old Theron was born in South Africa, establishing herself as a model before moving to the United States to pursue a full-time acting career. We’re thankful she did because Charlize Theron has been in a number of our favorite movies, such as Cider House Rules, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Bombshell.

Charlize Theron checks out some luxury watches with USA President for Breitling Thierry Prissert, Misty Copeland, and CEO for Breitling Georges Kern at the Breitling Madison Avenue Grand OpeningCharlize Theron checks out some luxury watches with USA President for Breitling Thierry Prissert, Misty Copeland, and CEO for Breitling Georges Kern at the Breitling Madison Avenue Grand Opening on November 18, 2021, on 575 Madison Ave in New York City (Credit: Mega / WENN)

One of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World”, Charlize Theron has received many awards such as an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe Award. Her skill in front of the camera has led this actress to an impressive estimated net worth of $160 million.

13. Scarlett Johansson — Net Worth: $165 million

Lovingly known as ScarJo, 37-year-old Scarlett Johansson was the world’s highest-paid actress in both 2018 and 2019.

She has frequently been lauded for her beauty, but in recent years, Hollywood has begun to notice what a talented actress she is (not just a pretty face!) and has landed the lucrative role as Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film franchise.

Scarlett Johansson was paid $20 million for her role in Black Widow and sued Disney to get even more moneyScarlett Johansson was paid $20 million for her role in Black Widow and sued Disney to get even more money (Credit: Avalon / WENN)

Labeled as a sex symbol, Johansson has capitalized on her beauty to secure brand deals across the board and has been married to Saturday Night Live comedian Colin Jost since 2020.

12. Sofia Vergara — Net Worth: $180 million

The 49-year-old Colombian-born Sofia Vergara may be best known for her role as the sexy housewife Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on Modern Family, but she has since used her sex appeal and acting chops to become one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood, earning up to $50 million a year.

Sofia Vergara reportedly made around $500,000 dollars per episode for her role on ABC's Modern FamilySofia Vergara reportedly made around $500,000 dollars per episode for her role on ABC’s Modern Family (Credit: WENN)

Vergara began her career as a model before transitioning into acting but still uses her skills to pose for the camera, as she has secured numerous brand deals for beauty companies that capitalize on her good looks.

She has been a judge on the hit television show, America’s Got Talent, since 2020, resulting in an estimated net worth of $180 million. In November 2015, she tied the knot with Joe Manganiello in Palm Beach, Florida.

11. Demi Moore — Net Worth: $200 million

Similar to some of the other names on this list, Demi Moore has been working in Hollywood for decades and has had some time to accumulate her wealth.

The 59-year-old actress has had an active acting career since the early 1980s, appearing in titles such as St. Elmo’s Fire, About Last Night, and Ghost.

Iconic actress Demi Moore in an off-the-shoulder dress by Fendi at The Fashion Awards 2021Iconic actress Demi Moore in an off-the-shoulder dress by Fendi at The Fashion Awards 2021 at the Royal Albert Hall on November 29, 2021, in London, England (Credit: Avalon / WENN)

In fact, Demi Moore was the highest-paid actress in history when she made a whopping $12.5 million to star in the film Striptease.

Additionally, the actress has been married (and divorced) several times, earning generous settlements, including $90 million in cash after her divorce from Bruce Willis.

She also has served as the face for multiple beauty and skincare campaigns, all leading up to her net worth of $200 million as of 2022.

10. Julia Roberts — Net Worth: $250 million

The Pretty Woman herself, 54-year-old Julia Roberts, makes this list as a result of years of being in high demand.

She was the world’s highest-paid actress for nearly ten years spanning from the mid-90s to the early 2000s, being paid $25 million for her role in Mona Lisa Smile, a fee that was higher than almost any other actress to date.

Actress and endorser Julia Roberts has been a mainstay in the world's highest-paid actresses list for nearly ten yearsActress and endorser Julia Roberts has been a mainstay in the world’s highest-paid actresses list for nearly ten years (Credit: Brian To / WENN)

Roberts has starred in a heaping handful of well-known titles, such as Hook, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Notting Hill, Erin Brockovich, and Ocean’s Eleven.

Additionally, she has signed endorsement deals with companies such as fashion label Gianfranco Ferre, for which she received $6 million, and Lancôme, who paid her $50 million for her work.

Combining her hefty earnings from her roles, endorsement deals, and prudent investment moves, Julia Roberts has an estimated net worth of $250 million this year.

9. Jessica Biel — Net Worth: $250 million

While you may have been accustomed to seeing 39-year-old Jessica Biel on your screen in titles such as 7th Heaven, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Blade: Trinity, and I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, she has since taken a step back to focus on working behind the scenes.

Jessica Biel served as executive producer (and star) on USA Network’s The Sinner, earning her a number of nominations.

Combined with her wealthy husband Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel is believed to be worth around $250 millionCombined with her wealthy husband Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel is believed to be worth around $250 million (Credit: Jody Cortes / WENN)

Lately, Jessica Biel has let her acting career slow down, focusing on her life as a businesswoman and mother. Though her achievements cannot be diminished, it is likely that her husband, world famous recording artist (and sometimes actor) Justin Timberlake, has contributed to Biel’s healthy net worth of $250 million.

8. Sandra Bullock — Net Worth: $250 million

57-year-old Sandra Bullock is one of the most celebrated actresses of the 21st century, earning a number of honors such as an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.

Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock owns a production company, Fortis Films, and has a long list of film credits and endorsement dealsOscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock owns a production company, Fortis Films, and has a long list of film credits and endorsement deals (Credit: Avalon / WENN)

Her talent and recognition for films such as Miss Congeniality, The Proposal, Ocean’s 8, Bird Box, and The Blind Side earned Bullock the honor of being the world’s highest-paid actress for two years, in 2010 and 2014 (losing out to Angelina Jolie and Kristen Stewart).

In addition to Sanda Bullock’s impressive acting roles, she has also worked behind the screens as a producer, founding her production company, Fortis Films, with producer credits on titles such as Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, All About Steve, and George Lopez.

Her long list of film credits and endorsement deals have earned Sandy an estimated net worth of $250 million as of 2022.

7. Nicole Kidman — Net Worth: $250 million

Australian actress Nicole Kidman has remained on the list of the highest paid actresses in the world for years now, displaying the demand that Hollywood has for the 54-year-old star.

Kidman has been in a number of high-profile films and television shows, such as Eyes Wide Shut, The Hours, Moulin Rouge, Big Little Lies, and Nine Perfect Strangers.

Nicole Kidman is one of the highest-paid actresses in the world and Australia's richest entertainerNicole Kidman is one of the highest-paid actresses in the world and Australia’s richest entertainer (Credit: MEGA / WENN)

In addition, Nicole Kidman has been nominated and won a number of accolades for her performances, including an Academy Award for Best Actress.

Nicole Kidman’s $250 million net worth is a result of her own career, where she has also branched out into the world of production and has secured a number of brand deals. Now, she and her country music star husband, Keith Urban, are happily watching the checks roll in.

6. Julia Louis-Dreyfus — Net Worth: $250 million

Though Julia Louis-Dreyfus may be best known for her role in the hit sitcom, Seinfeld, the 60-year-old actress has gone on to forge a very long and successful career on both sides of the camera.

In addition to her role as Elaine, Louis-Dreyfus has also received acclaim for her work on Saturday Night Live, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Veep.

In fact, Julia Louis-Dreyfus has earned a shocking eleven Emmy Awards (eight for her on-screen roles and three as a producer), making her one of the most winning actresses for the awards show.

Although she hails from a wealthy family, Julia Louis-Dreyfus has made a name for herself in Hollywood, with several hit shows under her beltAlthough she hails from a wealthy family, Julia Louis-Dreyfus has made a name for herself in Hollywood, with several hit shows under her belt (Credit: Avalon / WENN)

Though the actress has done well for herself, she did get a bit of help due to being a child of nepotism. Her father, Frenchman Pierre Louis-Dreyfus, was president of the Louis Dreyfus Group, a merchant firm that is valued at $18.4 billion.

However, Julia Louis-Dreyfus did not inherit the company when her father passed, resulting in a net worth of $250 million in 2022.

5. Jennifer Aniston — Net Worth: $300 million

Best known for her iconic role as Rachel in the hit show, Friends, 52-year-old Jennifer Aniston has become a force to be reckoned with since skyrocketing to international fame in the mid-‘90s.

She has since appeared in a number of movies and television shows, such as Bruce Almighty, Marley & Me, The Break-Up, Dumplin’, and We’re the Millers.

Friends star Jennifer Aniston skyrocketed to international fame in the 1990s and has since become an in-demand actress and endorserFriends star Jennifer Aniston skyrocketed to international fame in the 1990s and has since become an in-demand actress and endorser (Credit: Nicky Nelson / WENN)

In addition to being a frequent mainstay on “Hollywood’s Most Beautiful Women” lists, she has also made Forbes’ list of Top Earning Actresses every year since 2001.

Aniston’s appeal and high demand for film, screen, and sponsorship appearances have led this actress to an impressive estimated net worth of $300 million.

4. Jessica Alba — Net Worth: $340 million

Frequently lauded as one of the most beautiful actresses in the early 21st century, 40-year-old Jessica Alba is so much more than just a pretty face!

After getting her start on the silver screen in 2003 with Honey, the actress has gone on to appear or star in many different franchises and stand-alone films, such as the Fantastic Four series, Good Luck Chuck, Valentine’s Day, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

Aside from starring in hit movies, Jessica Alba is also a businesswoman, who co-founded the $1 billion company, The Honest CompanyAside from starring in hit movies, actress and businesswoman Jessica Alba also co-founded the $1 billion company, The Honest Company (Credit: Avalon / WENN)

Though Alba may not grace the silver screen quite as frequently as she did a few years ago, there is a good reason why — and she hasn’t lost any money as a result.

In 2011, the actress co-founded The Honest Company, a lifestyle brand that focuses on creating sustainable, natural, and holistic baby, household, and personal products.

Her on-screen appearances and high-powered businesswoman attitude have earned Jessica Alba an estimated net worth of $340 million.

3. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen — Net Worth: $500 million, or $250 million each

While it may be unfair to the other women on this list to lump the Olsen twins together, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen rarely work on projects without one another, so it makes sense that their net worths be combined.

The 35-year-old twins got their start in the entertainment industry very young, both playing the beloved Michelle Tanner on the sitcom, Full House, as early as just one year old.

Twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have been in the film and TV industry since they're one and have founded fashion labels, The Row and Elizabeth & JamesTwins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have been in the film and TV industry since they’re one and have founded fashion labels, The Row and Elizabeth & James (Credit: Rob Rich / WENN)

The Olsen twins then went on to have an empire of their own, with a number of films capitalizing on their success, such as Double, Double, Toil and Trouble and The Adventures of Mary Kate & Ashley. Following these films, there were Mary Kate and Ashley-themed toys, clothes, beauty products… you name it.

Nowadays, the Olsen twins have largely stepped away from acting (though their younger sister, Elizabeth Olsen, is a star in her own right, taking the lead role in WandaVision and the Marvel Cinematic Universe). However, Mary-Kate and Ashley have taken their talents to the fashion world, launching their fashion label, The Row, in 2006, and Elizabeth & James, a contemporary fashion brand, the following year.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s long-running acting career, lifestyle empire, and multiple fashion labels have garnered these twins a combined net worth of $500 million, which is estimated to rise in 2022.

2. Reese Witherspoon — Net Worth: $400 million

45-year-old Reese Witherspoon got her start on the silver screen with sweet-faced roles in films such as Man in The Moon, Election, and of course, Legally Blonde!

More recently, we have seen Witherspoon move on from these darling ingenue roles for ones that are a bit more mature, starring in titles such as Big Little Lies and Little Fires Everywhere.

Aside from being an actress, Reese Witherspoon is also the owner of Draper James clothing label and co-founder of Hello Sunshine production companyAside from being an actress, Reese Witherspoon is also the owner of Draper James clothing label and co-founder of Hello Sunshine production company (Credit: Mega / WENN)

She also owns a clothing company called Draper James and is a co-founder of the production company Hello Sunshine, which was founded in 2016 and focuses on telling women-driven narratives.

In fact, much of the company’s success was based on Witherspoon’s projects, including Big Little Lies, The Morning Show, and Little Fires Everywhere. She recently sold off a majority stake in Hello Sunshine, making her net worth skyrocket.

In addition to earning money from her business savvy, the actress earns roughly $1 million per television episode and has 2.1 million members enrolled in her book club. As a result, Reese Witherspoon’s estimated net worth as of 2022 is a whopping $400 million.

1. Jami Gertz — Net Worth: $3 billion

Though far and away the richest woman on this list, Jami Gertz is not exactly the first actress you would think of to be on the list.

Though she has appeared in a number of films and television shows, including Dealin’ with Idiots, I Want You Back, Diff’rent Strokes, Ally McBeal, and Difficult People, Gertz’s fortune did not amass as a direct result of her acting career.

In fact, after her 1994 film Twister, Gertz was nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress and actually won the Stinkers Bad Movie Award for Worst Supporting Actress. Ouch.

While she's not an A-list actress, the majority of Jami Gertz's net worth comes from her marriage with her business tycoon husband Tony Ressler, co-founder of Ares ManagementWhile she’s not an A-list actress, the majority of Jami Gertz’s net worth comes from her marriage with her business tycoon husband Tony Ressler, co-founder of Ares Management (Credit: Brian To / WENN)

Jami Gertz is not an A-list actress by any means (at least, not as famous as any of the other women on this list) and, instead, has earned most of her fortune through her work as a businesswoman alongside her husband, Tony Ressler, who is valued at an estimated $5.8 billion.

Together, the couple owns the NBA team, Atlanta Hawks, and are members of an investment group that purchased the MLB team, the Milwaukee Brewers.

Though Gertz isn’t the best actress on this list, she is the richest actress on this list with a gargantuan estimated net worth of $3 billion. Hopefully, she isn’t too sad about her bogus awards, considering she could fill a swimming pool with money like Scrooge McDuck.

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