Jennifer Lawrence World’s Highest Paid Actress

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Jennifer Lawrence of The Hunger Games, has been named the world’s highest-paid actress after earning $52m (Ksh5.4b) in the past year.

The star, who won an Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook in 2013, topped up her income from films with work as the face of the fashion company Dior.

However, Lawrence’s combined earnings came nowhere near best-paid actor Robert Downey Jr’s (Iron Man) $80m (Ksh8.3b), which topped the male stars’ list earlier this month.

Lawrence, 25, made headlines last year when hacked Sony Pictures emails revealed she earned a lower cut of profits from the movie American Hustle than her male counterparts, who included Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale.

It has been reported that she has negotiated a pay packet of $20m (Ksh1.24b) for Sony’s new space film Passengers, which is thought to be more than what her co-star Chris Pratt will receive.

Forbes noted that only four of the women on this year’s highest-paid list – which takes into account earnings from movies, television, endorsements and other sources – made more than $20m, while 21 male actors reached that level.

Lawrence towered above Scarlett Johansson, second on the actress list with an estimated $35.5m, and Spy star Melissa McCarthy with $23m.

Actresses completing the top five on the Forbes list were China’s Fan Bingbing who appeared in X-Men: Days Of Future Past, and former Friends star Jennifer Aniston, who also earns money from promoting cosmetics and bottled water.

Last year’s top-earning actress, Gravity star Sandra Bullock, saw her pay drop to $8m from $51m after a quiet 12 months.

Here is the top 10 list:

1) Jennifer Lawrence: $52m

2) Scarlett Johansson: $35m

3) Melissa McCarthy: $23m

4) Fan Bingbing: $21m

5) Jennifer Aniston: $16m

6) Julia Roberts: $16m

7) Angelina Jolie: $15m

8) Reese Witherspoon: $15m

9) Anne Hathaway $12m

10) Kristen Stewart $12m

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