At 22, Kristen Stewart tops the ranks of Hollywood’s high net worth actresses, according to Forbes. But the annual list, compiled by Dorothy Pomerantz, offers hope for more seasoned actresses who in year’s past may have felt disenfranchised by Hollywood. The average age of the top 10 highest paid actresses is mid-to-late 40s, while Meryl Streep, 62, not only made the list yet again, but rose two spots from No. 10 in 2011.
Stewart, star of the Twilight franchise, earned $34.5 million between May 20011 and May 2012. This summer’s Snow White and the Huntsman, which has so far earned nearly $124 million in the U.S. in less than three weeks (its production budget is reportedly $170 million) only helped to make her Forbes’ fairest of them all.
Cameron Diaz, with $34 million, made the grade with the black comedy Bad Teacher, which cost $20 million but earned $216 million, catapulting her from No. 8 on the list last year to No. 2.
Sandra Bullock earned $25 million, which was enough to raise her standing on the list from No. 9 to No. 3 (on last year’s Forbes’ rankings of Hollywood’s high net worth actresses, four had earned in excess of $30 million). Coming in at No. 4 was the ever tabloidable Angelina Jolie, who earned $20 million, much of it, Pomerantz notes, from residuals and endorsement deals. In the last year, she was featured on the cover of 78 magazines.
Charlize Theron, 36, joined the ranks of Hollywood’s high net worth actresses at No. 5. She has enjoyed something of a career year with her critically acclaimed performance in Young Adult. As well as the high profile summer films Snow White and the Huntsman and Prometheus.
Rounding out the top 10 are Julia Roberts ($16 million), Sarah Jessica Parker ($15 million), Streep ($12 million), newcomer to the list Kristen Wiig (now a bride rather than a Bridesmaid with $12 million) and Jennifer Aniston ($11).
Dropping off the list this year were Reese Witherspoon and Kathryn Heigl.
Also missing from the list: women of color. The last time an African-American actress was even close to cracking Forbes’ list of Hollywood’s highest net worth actresses was 2009, when Halle Berry came in at No. 13.
Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.