- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson topped Forbes list of the highest paid actors in the world this year with $89.4 million.
- “Avengers: Endgame” star Chris Hemsworth came in second with $76.4 million. He’s one of five actors from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to make the list.
The top ten highest paid Actors of 2019 include the additions of The Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss and Birds of Prey star Margot Robbie. Plus, all 10 of the actresses earned a total of $314.6 million between last year and this year. That’s 69% more than what all of the actresses earned last year, and while that’s a great stride for actresses striving for equal pay, it’s still a good chunk behind the cumulative $588.3 million earned by the highest paid actors of the year.
Scarlett Johansson has topped Forbes’ list of best-paid actresses for a second year – but is only the eighth highest paid actor overall. The 34-year-old’s income of $56m (£45.7m) lands her below seventh-placed male actor Adam Sandler. She earned $15.5m (£12.6m) more than she did in 2018, thanks largely to the success of Avengers: Endgame.
Forbes list of the world’s best-paid female actors 2019
- Scarlett Johansson – $56m (£45.7m)
- Sofia Vergara – $44.1 (£35.9m)
- Reese Witherspoon – $35m (£28.5m)
- Nicole Kidman – $34m (£27.7m)
- Jennifer Aniston – $28m (22.8m)
- Kaley Cuoco – $25m (£20.4m)
- Elisabeth Moss – $24m (£19.5m)
- Margot Robbie – $23.5m (£19.1m)
- Charlize Theron – $23m (£18.7m)
- Ellen Pompeo – $22m (£17.9m)
Modern family actor Sofia Vergara is the only other woman to break into the overall top 10. Meanwhile, Jolie – who earned $28m (£22.8) in 2018 – drops out of this year’s top 10 due to increased earnings for several of the highest earners in the top 10. She is currently acting in and producing two forthcoming films – Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and The One and Only Ivan.
Other names to drop out of the top 10 this year include Mila Kunis, Julia Roberts, Cate Blanchett, Melissa McCarthy, and Gal Gadot.
Dwayne Johnson was announced as the highest paid actor of the last 12 months, making $89.4m (£73.6m) according to the latest annual rankings from the financial experts.
All that was enough for Dwayne Johnson to stay above Avengers: Endgame co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Robert Downey Jr. in the #2 and #3 spots respectively. Plus, fellow Marvel stars Bradley Cooper, Chris Evans, and Paul Rudd landed on the list thanks to the Marvel Cinematic Universe epic as well.
Forbes list of the world’s best-paid male actors 2019
- Dwayne Johnson – $89.4m (£73.6m)
- Chris Hemsworth – $76.4m (£62.9m)
- Robert Downey Jr – $66m (£54.4m)
- Akshay Kumar – $65m (£53.5m)
- Jackie Chan – $58m (£47.8m)
- Bradley Cooper – $57m (£46.9m)
- Adam Sandler – $57m (£46.9m)
- Chris Evans – $43m (£35.4m)
- Paul Rudd – $41m (£33.8m)
- Will Smith – $35m (£28.8m)
Last year’s number one actor George Clooney has dropped out of the top 10. That’s because his high earnings on 2018’s list were down to the sale of his tequila company, in a deal worth $1bn (£753m).
The lists include celebrities’ overall earnings, including brand endorsements and don’t solely consist of payments for acting.
Johnson’s endorsements include sportswear firm Under Armour.
In the last year, he has starred in the Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw, Skyscraper and has produced films like Fighting with My Family and Shazam!. Later this year, he will star in Jumanji: The Next Level alongside Kevin Hart and Jack Black.
Elsewhere in this year’s top 10, Chris Hemsworth has climbed to second place with earnings of $76.4m (£62.9m) Bradley Cooper has re-entered the top 10 for the first time since 2015 thanks in large part to directing, co-writing, co-producing and starring in the Oscar-winning A Star Is Born. He is the sixth-highest earner at $57m (£46.9m)
Having only appeared in one major film in the last year (Aladdin), Will Smith is down slightly this year, with his earnings of $35m (£28.8m) placing him 10th. Bollywood star Akshay Kumar is one of the most significant climbers, moving up to number four with earnings this year of $65m (£53.5m)
It should be noted that, according to Forbes, earnings estimates are based on data from Nielsen, ComScore, Box Office Mojo and IMDB, as well as interviews with industry insiders. All figures are pretax; fees for agents, managers, and lawyers (generally 10%, 15%, and 5%, respectively) are not deducted.