21 June 2012 by

Kristen Stewart Is The Highest Paid Woman In Hollywood, According To Forbes' Rich List

Kristen Stewart Is The Highest Paid Woman In Hollywood, According To Forbes' Rich List

Move aside Angelina, jog on Charlize – there’s a new Queen of Hollywood. Yesterday, Forbes magazine revealed that Kristen Stewart is the highest paid female actress in the WORLD. She earned $34.5million (£22million) in the last year – that’s about 733 times more than the average UK wage and a lot of pairs of her favourite Converse (550,000 to be precise).

Forbes magazine compiles its annual list based on pay, profits, endorsements and advertising work. At just 22-years old, Kristen is the youngest actress on the list by 16 years (the next is 36-year-old Charlize Theron) – and the youngest ever to top it. Kristen earned $12.5 million for the last two Twilight films, as well as a cut the films' total profits. But it was her pay packet for Snow White and the Huntsman that pushed her into top place.

Trailing just behind Kristen with £34million is Cameron Diaz, who has starred in What To Expect When you’re Expecting and Bad Teacher in the past year. Third is Sandra Bullock, with a paltry $25million (£16million). Sucks to be Sandra, eh? Last year’s joint top earners – Angelina Jolie and Sarah Jessica Parker, have both slid down the list this year, with Ange now at 4 and SJP at 7.

But it seems Hollywood is just as affected by the gender-pay gap as any other industry. The 10 actresses who make up the list earned a total of $200m (£127m) compared to the $361m (£229m) brought in by the top 10 men. The highest paid actor is Leonardo di Caprio, who earned an eye-watering $77million (£49million) – nearly twice as much as Kristen.  So while the Twilight star might be celebrating, it seems the women of Hollywood still have a way to go before they can truly start breaking out the champagne. 

Here's the list in full...

1. Kristen Stewart ($34.5 million)

2. Cameron Diaz ($34 million)

3. Sandra Bullock ($25 million)

4. Angelina Jolie ($20 million)

5. Charlize Theron ($18 million)

6. Julia Roberts ($16 million)

7. Sarah Jessica Parker, ($15 million)

8. Meryl Streep, ($12 million)

9. Kristen Wiig, ($12 million)

10. Jennifer Aniston, ($11 million)

by Clare Thorp 


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