Nicole Kidman – Australian actress, producer and philanthropist is a regular fixture on the highest-paid actress lists | Source: Christopher Polk, Getty Images

Cinema A-Listers: The Top 10 Richest Actresses in Hollywood

It’s no secret that being in the high-end show business pays well. The Motion Picture Association released a report on the international box office and home entertainment market showing the industry reached A$143 billion in 2019. While the richest actresses have made a fair share of profits from performing their craft, some of the wealth accrued by these female big-screen stars comes from investments made outside the acting world. Here is a look at the wealthiest actresses from around the world in 2021.

Drew Barrymore

Estimated net worth: A$178 million

Life in the spotlight spans almost her entire life starting with a memorable performance in Steven Spielberg‘s Sci-Fic classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial when she was just six years old. Since then, a slew of roles in hit movies such as Charlie’s Angels, and 50 First Dates have kept the Golden Globe winner at the top of her game. Other interests boosting her wealth include a cosmetics line, clothing brand, and a signature wine offering.

Jessica Alba

Estimated net worth: A$484 million

The actress turned business women has made a fortune both on and off screen. Rising to prominence at 19 as the lead actress of the television series Dark Angel, Alba then went on to Hollywood in Fantastic Four and Good Luck Chuck. Off screen Alba co-founded consumer good company, The Honest Company which was valued at A$1.4 billion in 2014 with Alba reportedly owning 15-20 per cent.

Jennifer Lawrence

Estimated net worth: A$178 million

The Hollywood A-lister was the world’s highest-paid actress in 2015 and 2016 with her films grossing over A$8 billion worldwide. Today the actress has amassed a fortune of around A$178 million thanks to an Oscar winning performance in Silver Lining’s Playbook as well as leading roles in the Hunger Games franchise and American Hustle. In 2013 she was on Time’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

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Source: Vanity Fair

Julia Roberts

Estimated net worth: A$356 million

With a legendary career in Hollywood spanning four decades, Roberts is the recipient of an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, and three Golden Globe Awards. Her notable performances in Pretty WomanNotting Hill gained worldwide attention and helped bolster a net worth of over A$350 million.

Angelina Jolie

Estimated net worth: A$171 million

Aside from being one of the richest and most famous actresses in the world, American Angelina Jolie is also a filmmaker and humanitarian. From 2001 to 2011 alone, she earned over A$170 million in movies salaries and starring roles in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Mr and Mrs Smith and Maleficent mean nowadays the actress reportedly commands close to A$30 million per role.

Mary-Kate And Ashley Olsen

Estimated combined net worth: A$712 million

The former child actresses turned fashion designers began their acting career on the sitcom Full House in 1987. The Olsen twins then went on to a slew of successful roles throughout their teenage years eventually retiring from acting to pursue a career in the fashion industry.

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Source: Showbiz Cheat Sheet

Nicole Kidman

Estimated net worth: A$356 million

The Australian actress, producer and philanthropist is a regular fixture on the highest paid actress lists. Extensive lists of high profile movie roles include; Batman Forever, Australia and Bombshell have kept her on a decent income as well as TV roles such as Big Little Lies. The Academy Award winner also received significant amounts as the former face of Chanel, and previous brand ambassador for Etihad Airways.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Jennifer Aniston

Estimated net worth: A$427 million

Rising to fame as Rachel Green on the hit ’90s sitcom Friends, Aniston was reportedly making over A$1.4 million per episode on the show last three years of production. Since then the director and producer has cemented herself as one of Hollywoods highest paid actresses with roles in Bruce Almighty, The Break-up and Horrible Bosses.

Reese Witherspoon

Estimated net worth: A$569 million

After a debut role at 14 in The Man in the Moon, Witherspoon was a well established actress by the late 1990s. Hit films such as Cruel Intentions and Legally Blonde followed eventually allowing her to charge A$1.7 million per episode for producing and starring in Apple TV+’s The Morning Show. She also added a significant boost to her net worth this year when she sold part of her production company Hello Sunshine for approximately $1.2 billion.

Demi Moore

Estimated net worth: A$285 million

A string of movies roles in Ghost, Striptease and G.I. Jane made Moore the highest-paid actress in film history (up to that point) in the mid-1990s. The Golden Globe and Emmy winner was an influential figure in the movement for equal salary for women, receiving an unprecedented A$17.8 million to star in Striptease.

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