The highest paid actors and actresses in Hollywood make more money in one year than many of us will make in our lives. Some of them, in fact, make so much money that, in reality they would never have to work again if they didn’t want to. Curious about that number? Here are ten of the highest paid actors and actresses today, pre-tax.
1. George Clooney: $239 million
2. Dwayne Johnson: $124 million
3. Robert Downey Jr.: $81 million
4. Chris Hemsworth: $64.5 million
5. Jackie Chan: $45.5 million
1. Scarlett Johansson: $40.5 million
2. Angelina Jolie: $28 million
3. Jennifer Aniston: $19.5 million
4. Jennifer Lawrence: $18 million
5. Reese Witherspoon: $16.5 million
Did you notice anything interesting about this list? How about the fact that Scarlett Johansson, the highest paid woman, doesn’t have a comparable figure with any of the highest paid men? Or that there is only one person of color on this either list? One glance makes it startlingly apparent how massive the wage gap is between men and women, as well as how under represented people of color are in Hollywood.
“People of color and women are still fighting an uphill battle when it comes to being treated fairly in every industry,” Pavel Nmi Usalko of Covington, Kentucky says. “We are seeing some great movements and changes, but there is still a long way to go.”