2018 is a pretty good time to be an actress, all things considered. The overwhelming influence of the Time’s Up movement has taken enormous strides towards making the industry as safe and equitable as possible, and while perfect gender equality has yet to be achieved in Hollywood, this is more or less the best era in which to be involved in movies as a woman. But the entertainment industry is built on one simple truth: that you’re only worth what you’re worth, meaning that success can easily be measured in terms of economic status.
10. Jane Fonda Net Worth: $120 Million
The daughter and co-heir to Hollywood royalty Henry Fonda, Jane is a 2-time Academy Award winner and avid political activist. Her money is a combination of inheritance, royalty checks, acting payments and charitable contributions.
9. Jennifer Aniston Net Worth: $150 Million
The former star of Friends used to earn upwards of $1 million per episode and built on that windfall with her expansive film career. Aniston is known best for her mastery of comic timing and has accumulated a number of awards for her talents over the years, including a Golden Globe and an Emmy.
8. Angelina Jolie Net Worth: $160 Million
Angelina Jolie has had something of a hero’s journey in Hollywood. She started her career as a notorious bad girl who rejected convention, married a man almost twice her age and wore a vial of her own blood as a medallion. She’s since calmed down, married and divorced Brad Pitt and now has a slew of kids to look after. And through it all, she never stopped making fairly lucrative films.
7. Miley Cyrus Net Worth: $165 Million
Yes, you read that right. The former Disney star and pop princess who, almost overnight, turned herself into a twerking, hyper-sexualized and drug promoting pop culture icon or joke depending on how you see it is worth $165 million. Though most of Miley‘s money comes from her music career and her concerts, she made a fair bit of money from her Hannah Montana TV show and a few other movie and television appearances.
6. Julia Roberts Net Worth: $170 Millions
One of the most prolific actresses still working today, you probably know Academy Award-winning actress Julia Roberts from anything from Ocean’s 11 to Steel Magnolias to Eat Pray Love. She used to be the highest paid actress throughout most of the 1990s’, but inflation and a slowed-down work schedule has caused her to slip lower in the ranks.
5. Sandra Bullock Net Worth: $200 Million
Bullock has been an actress virtually as long as she’s been alive and has been wowing film audiences with her consistently good performances since 1994’s Speed. Her career is as expansive and impressive as her accolades, which include an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and multiple Critics Choice and SAG awards.
4. Victoria Principal Net Worth: $254 Million
Though she played Pamela Ewing on famed soap opera Dallas for nine years, most of Victoria Principal’s fantastic wealth comes from her business exploits. She started work as an agent in the mid-70s’ and launched Principal Skincare Products, which has earned over $1 billion since hitting shelves.
3. Jessica Alba Net Worth: $350 Million
While a not-insignificant portion of her wealth comes from her Honest Company, Alba‘s net worth is primarily funded by her impressive filmography that dates back to the early 90s’ and shows fairly consistent financial and critical success for the last 26 years.
2. Jami Gertz Net Worth: $2 Billion
Jami Gertz‘s vast fortune is a result of a 37-year career involving some of the most iconic shows and movies of all time. She’s been on The Facts of Life, ER, Ally McBeal, Still Standing and Entourage. Her films include Sixteen Candles, The Lost Boys, and Twister. On top of her acting career, she co-owns the Milwaukee Brewers and the Atlanta Hawks with her executive husband Antony Ressler.
1. Julia Louis-Dreyfus Net Worth: $3 Billion
If you’ve watched a syndicated rerun in the last twenty-odd year, then you know who she is and you know she deserves every penny of her incredible wealth. Apart from staring as Elaine on Seinfeld, Julia‘s also been in a number of other acting projects and is a producer of many successful shows and movies, but a large portion of her money is inherited from her father.