Above: Beautiful Singer Taylor Swift & Supermodel Karlie Kloss Modeling For Vogue Magazine Fashion Editorials. Beautiful Singer Taylor Swift Is The Highest Paid Singer In The World. Supermodel Karlie Kloss Is Modeling As One Of The Highest Paid Models In The World.
ZARZAR MODELS recently released the latest list of the highest paid women in the entertainment industry (including famous actresses, supermodels, & singers). The latest list of the highest paid women in the entertainment industry (the top earning female celebrities in the world) covers all female celebrity earnings for the past 12 months (from June 2018 to June 2019) and are approximate based on the leading industry sources including Forbes magazine (one of the most prestigious financial magazines in the world and a leader in financial data analysis). All amounts are in United States Dollars.
The Highest Paid Women In The Entertainment Industry (Famous Actresses, Supermodels, & Singers) – The World’s Highest Paid Female Celebrities For 2019
The top 16 female celebrities on this year’s highest paid women in the entertainment industry list earned a combined $1.17 billion dollars (before deducting fees for taxes, managers, lawyers, and agents) over the past 12 months proving that a stellar business acumen can make you very wealthy. Female celebrity earnings are estimates only and are sourced from data provided by Nielsen Music, Pollstar, IMDB, NPD BookScan, and ComScore, in addition to interviews with numerous industry experts including agency managers and agents, company executives, and many of the female stars themselves. The result is the definitive index of who’s making the most money in the global business of fame.
Above: The Highest Paid Woman In The Entertainment Industry | The 2019 Money Girl Taylor Swift.
1. Taylor Swift (United States) with earnings for the year of $185 million dollars.
For the second time ever, famous country & pop singer Taylor Swift has sung and danced her way to the top of the annual global Forbes Celebrity 100 list of the world’s highest earning female entertainers, making $185 million in the last 12 months. For those that simply love math, that comes out to more than $506,849.31 per day, even when Taylor Swift takes the day off.
Though the top of this year’s Celebrity 100 list is packed with female superstars, only 16 women made the list in total. The imbalance indicates the gender pay gap existing throughout the entertainment industry – whether it be on the field (no female athletes made the cut this year) or on the big screen. It is also important to note that this year more than half of the highest paid female celebrities are musicians (it proved more difficult for actresses and supermodels to earn enough money to make the list of the highest paid women in the entertainment industry).
In recent weeks, much has been said of the fact that Taylor Swift doesn’t own her old master recordings. However, as part of her new music contract with Republic Records, Taylor Swift will have a chance to gain control of her future music efforts. Moves like these should help more women gain additional spots on the list of the 100 highest paid celebrities (men and women) in the entertainment industry in the coming years.
Another good sign: the 16 women on the list of the 100 highest paid celebrities (men and women) in the entertainment industry earned $1.17 billion dollars. Though that is much less than the $5.09 billion dollars earned by the 84 men on the list of the 100 highest paid celebrities (men and women) in the entertainment industry, it is quite a bit more per person – an average of $73 million dollars in earnings for the year for each woman compared to $60.5 million dollars in earnings for the year for each man.
2. Kylie Jenner (United States) with earnings for the year of $170 million dollars.
Kylie Jenner and her half-sister Kim Kardashian West (No. 6, $72 million) both own their cosmetics companies outright, earning them nine figures and eight figure checks, respectively, and making them true money girls (meaning that they both make an extraordinary amount of money, even when they sleep).
About Kylie Jenner – Did You Know?
Kylie Jenner has an approximate net worth (fortune) of 1 billion dollars, and she is only 21 years old (will turn 22 years old on August 10, 2019).
At 21 years of age, celebrity turned makeup artist mogul Kylie Jenner is the youngest self made billionaire in human history.
Kylie Jenner, who started out selling $29 lip kits in 2015, sold an estimated $360 million dollars worth of Kylie Cosmetics in 2018. In November 2018, Kylie Jenner launched a distribution deal with beauty retailer Ulta and sold an estimated $55 million dollars worth of product in just 6 weeks. In May 2019 Kylie Jenner announced the launch of her vegan Kylie Skin line. Kylie Jenner also recently filed a trademark for a possible baby line.
Thanks to its super low overhead (meaning very few employees) and massive product sales, Kylie Jenner’s company is worth at least $900 million dollars. What is even more impressive is that Kylie Jenner has 100% ownership of her extremely fast growing company.
Fun Facts About Kylie Jenner:
At age 17, two years before starting her business, Kylie Jenner trademarked the phrase: “Kylie Lip Kits … For the perfect pout.” Kylie Jenner used $250,000 of her earnings from fashion modeling jobs to pay an outside company to produce her first 15,000 lip kits.
Kylie Jenner has over 193 million social media followers (143 million Instagram followers, 28 million Twitter followers, and 22 million Facebook followers).
Her family’s reality TV show, Keeping up with the Kardashians, premiered when Kylie Jenner was just 10 years old. Kylie Jenner’s sister is famous fashion model Kendall Jenner (the highest paid fashion model in the world), and her half-sister is Kim Kardashian West.
“It’s the power of social media. I had such a strong reach before I was able to start anything.” – Kylie Jenner
Kylie Jenner is also sister to famous supermodel Kendall Jenner (who also happens to be the highest paid fashion model in the world with model earnings for the year of $22.5 million dollars).
Above: Beautiful American Fashion Model Kendall Jenner Modeling For The Cover Of Vogue Magazine Modeling As The Highest Paid Model In The World. The World’s Highest Paid Model. The Top Earning Model In The World. Supermodel Kendall Jenner (With Model Earnings For The Year Of $22.5 Million Dollars) Is Sister To Celebrity Kylie Jenner. Photographed By Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott.
Entertainment’s Equality Problem
Taylor Swift and Kylie Jenner may be the world’s highest paid female celebrities, but only 16 women out of 100 people made the list of the the highest paid celebrities in the entertainment industry.
3. J.K. Rowling (England, United Kingdom) with earnings for the year of $92 million dollars.
J.K. Rowling who kept the rights to her Harry Potter books, earns money for every movie, Broadway show, and theme park connected to her popular Harry Potter series.
The ‘Harry Potter’ author is also the highest paid author of 2019, though book sales no longer account for the bulk of her earnings. J.K. Rowling collected tens of millions of dollars these past 12 months from theme parks, theatrical productions, and other film royalties.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child made approximately $2.3 million dollars in ticket sales in a single week, the highest of any non-musical in Broadway’s history, and the tenth ‘Wizarding World’ movie, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, made over $653 million dollars in ticket sales at the worldwide box office.
J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” novels have sold at least 500 million copies worldwide and have made approximately $7.7 billion dollars in book sales. The “Harry Potter” movies have also made approximately $7.7 billion dollars in movie ticket sales. Famous author J.K. Rowling has been secretive about her fortune and has denied being a billionaire (she was dropped off the Forbes billionaires list in the year 2012), but there are some reasons to believe that the famous British author might be a billionaire once again.
4. Beyoncé: $81 million
5. Ellen DeGeneres: $80.5 million
Many female celebrities and entertainers have discovered the secret to making serious money (code for tens of millions of dollars), and that secret is to own a piece of the business where they work (this basically means owning their own entertainment brands). Ellen DeGeneres, for example, owns more than half of her famous talk show. That means Ellen DeGeneres gets a percentage of the profit her show makes from advertising, product placement, and syndication.
6. Kim Kardashian West: $72 million
Social media queen Kim Kardashian West has turned reality TV into a real fortune by selling a mobile game, emojis, and now cosmetics. The bulk of her fortune comes from her 2 year old cosmetics company KKW Beauty, which generated more than $100 million dollars in sales in 2018.
The celebrity daughter of O.J. Simpson’s attorney, Kim Kardashian West is following in her father’s footsteps, apprenticing to be a lawyer. Passionate about criminal justice reform, Kim Kardashian West is forgoing law school but plans to take the California bar exam in 2022.
About Kim Kardashian West – Did You Know?
Kim Kardashian West is an advocate for criminal justice reform, gun safety, and cancer causes.
Kim Kardashian West has some of the most followed social media pages in the world with over 145 million followers on Instagram, 61 million followers on Twitter, and 29 million followers on Facebook.
“I do feel like success is the best revenge.” – Kim Kardashian West.
Kim Kardashian West has an estimated fortune of $370 million dollars.
7. Rihanna: $62 million
Famous singer Rihanna co-owns the wildly popular Fenty Beauty with French luxury goods group LVMH (Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton), which clearly helped her to add additional cash to her bank account this year.
8. Katy Perry: $57.5 million
Famous American singer Katy Perry played 37 concerts of her Witness: The Tour during the last 12 months, making over $1 million per concert (before expenses, etc.). In March 2019, Katy Perry returned to judge the 17th season of American Idol, the show’s second run on ABC. Katy Perry’s newest song, Never Really Over, debuted at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (born on October 25, 1984), known professionally as Katy Perry, is a famous American singer, songwriter, and television judge. After singing in church during her childhood, Katy Perry pursued a career in gospel music as a teenager. Perry signed with Red Hill Records and released her debut studio album Katy Hudson under her birth name in 2001, which was commercially unsuccessful.
Katy Perry moved to Los Angeles the following year to venture into secular music after Red Hill Records ceased operations and she subsequently began working with producers Glen Ballard, Dr. Luke, and Max Martin. After adopting the stage name Katy Perry and being dropped by The Island Def Jam Music Group and Columbia Records, Katy Perry signed a recording contract with Capitol Records in April 2007.
Katy Perry rose to fame in 2008 with the release of her second album, a pop rock record titled One of the Boys, and its 2 famous singles I Kissed a Girl and Hot n Cold.
9. Pink: $57 million
The 39 year old pop rocker played 81 shows of her Beautiful Trauma World Tour during the last 12 months, making roughly $3 million dollars per concert (before expenses, etc.). Pink’s tour was in support of her 2017 studio album, Beautiful Trauma. In April 2018, Pink released her eighth studio album, Hurts 2B Human, featuring artists like Khalid and Chris Stapleton.
10. Scarlett Johansson: $56 million
Scarlett Johansson’s role as Black Widow makes her the top earning woman in the Marvel Universe. In addition to a salary of about $15 million for Avengers: Endgame, actress Scarlett Johansson received a percentage of the film’s estimated $700 million profit (as of early July 2019). Still, Scarlett Johansson is the film’s (Avengers: Endgame) only woman to make the list of the highest paid women (female celebrities) in the entertainment industry, compared to five male actors from the same film that made the list of the highest paid celebrities (men and women) in the entertainment industry.
These big budget films (Avengers: Endgame’s movie production budget was approximately $356 million) pay actors more upfront and traditionally do better at the box office (meaning a larger overall profit which benefits those actors and actresses who earn a percentage of those movie profits). Unfortunately, these big budget movies are more often led by male actors instead of actresses.
Scarlett Ingrid Johansson (born on November 22, 1984 in Manhattan, New York) is an extremely famous American actress and singer. Actress Scarlett Johansson is currently the world’s highest paid actress, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has made multiple appearances in the Forbes Celebrity 100 and the highest paid actresses in the world lists (the world’s highest paid actresses and the top earning actresses in Hollywood), and is the recipient of several awards, including a Tony Award and a British Academy Film Award.
11. Judy Sheindlin: $49 million
Since 2012, Judge Judy has earned approximately $47 million per year (before taxes) from hosting her famous TV show. Judge Judy is now in its 23rd season and remains the top rated daytime TV show (an average of more than 10 million viewers a day watch judge Judy Sheindlin adjudicate small claim disputes).
Judy Sheindlin sold the rights to her extensive library of TV episodes for an estimated $100 million dollars in 2017. Judy Sheindlin also created another successful series, Hot Bench, in 2014.
About Judy Sheindlin – Did You Know?
Judge Judy first appeared on camera at age 52.
Judy Sheindlin spent 25 years in New York’s Family Court, during which she heard more than 20,000 cases.
Judy Sheindlin’s fortune is estimated at $440 million dollars.
12. Ariana Grande: $48 million
The past year has been a big one for famous 26 year old American singer Ariana Grande, with number 1 albums within six months of each other: Sweetener and Thank U, Next. In April 2019, Ariana Grande became the youngest Coachella (located in California) headliner in the festival’s 20 year history.
During the last 12 months, Ariana Grande played 34 shows of the Sweetener World Tour, making just over $1 million dollars per concert (before expenses). In June 2019, Ariana Grande took home the Fragrance of the Year – Popular award for her latest perfume, Cloud Eau De Parfum.
13. Jennifer Lopez: $43 million
In 2018, Jennifer Lopez played her final shows at the Zappos Theater (located at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas on the famous Las Vegas Strip), earning over $100 million dollars (before expenses) in two years, making it the top Las Vegas residency by a Latin artist.
In February 2019, Jennifer Lopez returned as a judge and executive producer for the third season of television program World of Dance. Famous actress Jennifer Lopez also graced the big screen as the lead actress in the 2018 film Second Act alongside Milo Ventimiglia and Vanessa Hudgens. Last year, actress Jennifer Lopez also launched a limited edition 70 piece makeup line with Inglot Cosmetics.
13. Sofía Vergara: $43 million
Famous Colombian actress Sofía Vergara was the only television actress to make the list of the highest paid women in the entertainment industry (the world’s highest paid female celebrities). While her Modern Family salary is substantial (approximately $550,000.00 per episode), off-screen jobs make up the bulk of her yearly paycheck. In fact, actress Sofía Vergara lends her name and brand to almost anything she likes: from a line of furniture at Rooms to Go to a line of jeans at Walmart.
Deals like Sofía Vergara’s business deals that allow a celebrity to own a piece of a business – and thus receive a percentage of the profit, rather than a one time endorsement fee – are a way women on the list of the highest paid celebrities in the entertainment industry are changing the game.
15. Lady Gaga: $39.5 million
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born on March 28, 1986 in New York City, New York), known professionally as Lady Gaga, is a famous American singer, songwriter, and actress.
Lady Gaga scored her first leading role as an actress in A Star Is Born, which made over $434.8 million dollars on a $36 million dollar production budget. Lady Gaga took home part of that profit – an estimated $5 to $10 million dollars – as a reward for following her passions. On stage, Lady Gaga performed lucrative Las Vegas residencies (Enigma and Jazz & Piano), taking home an estimated $725,000 dollars per night. Lady Gaga announced on June 21, 2019 that she would be extending both of her Las Vegas residencies into the spring of 2020.
16. Celine Dion: $37.5 million
Canadian singer Celine Dion has earned the bulk of her fortune from her Las Vegas residencies. Since the 2003 opening of her A New Day show, Celine Dion has made some $400 million dollars performing approximately 70 times per year in Sin City (Las Vegas, United States).
Celine Dion has sold more than 220 million albums worldwide, and most of her money, both from tours and record sales, has been made within the United States. In addition, famous Canadian singer Celine Dion is a spokesperson for L’Oreal Paris, one of our favorite hair and makeup beauty brands, and a ZARZAR MODELS client (meaning that they have booked our beautiful fashion models in the past).
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About Celine Dion – Did You Know?
Celine Dion was the youngest of 14 children and legend says that once she even slept in a drawer (we would like to believe that she was probably just playing with her siblings).
The close-knit family formed a group that performed at concerts. Her mother sent a cassette of Celine Dion’s song to René Angélil, the manager of a popular singer from Quebec, Canada. After listening to Celine Dion’s music, René Angélil became her manager, and eventually her loving husband.
Celine Dion’s fortune is estimated at $450 million dollars.
About ZARZAR MODELSZARZAR MODELS is one of the top modeling agencies for women in the United States representing models in print fashion editorials, high fashion runway, film, television commercials, and promotions. The agency represents top models in all of the major fashion cities and counties including Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Orange County Southern California, San Diego, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Miami, New York, London, Paris, Milan, Sao Paulo, and Tokyo and recruits and represents models throughout the world through its global fashion and modeling network.