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