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The Salaries of the Richest Actresses Compared to the Richest Actors

Laura Woods
The Salaries of the Richest Actresses Compared to the Richest Actors

This article originally appeared on GOBankingRates.com: The Salaries of the Richest Actresses Compared to the Richest Actors

The gender pay gap in Hollywood is finally getting its moment in the spotlight. Many women are speaking out about the fact that their paychecks are a fraction of those earned by the men they’re acting alongside.

It’s worth taking a look at the salary information from Forbes’ 2017 lists of the world’s highest-paid actresses and highest-paid actors to see the comparison of what the performers earned last year. The list includes familiar Hollywood faces as well as Bollywood stars.

Find out which celebrity is richer in earnings and overall net worth.

Akshay Kumar vs. Amy Adams

Akshay Kumar’s earnings: $35.5 million, No. 10 on Forbes’ highest-paid actors 2017 list
Amy Adams’ earnings: $11.5 million, No. 10 on Forbes’ highest-paid actresses 2017 list

Five-time Academy Award nominee Amy Adams is known for starring roles in films such as “Justice League,” “Arrival,” “Big Eyes” and “American Hustle.” Bollywood megastar Akshay Kumar has well over 100 film credits, including “Naam Shabana,” “Baby,” “Singh Is Bliing” and “Holiday.”

Both stars are monumentally successful. But given their 2017 earnings, it’s not hard to see why Adams’ net worth of $60 million is notably less than Kumar’s $190 million.

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Salman Khan vs. Julia Roberts

Salman Khan’s earnings: $37 million, No. 9 on Forbes’ list
Julia Roberts’ earnings: $12 million, No. 9 on Forbes’ list

Julia Roberts is an Academy Award-winning actress with an impressive resume that includes “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “Pretty Woman” and “Erin Brockovich.” A big name in Bollywood, Salman Khan has starred in films such as “Sultan,” “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” and “Dabangg.”

Being America’s sweetheart for decades has allowed Roberts to amass a net worth of $190 million, which is notably less than Khan’s $230 million fortune.

Shah Rukh Khan vs. Cate Blanchett

Shah Rukh Khan’s earnings: $38 million, No. 8 on Forbes’ list
Cate Blanchett’s earnings: $12 million, No. 8 on Forbes’ list

Two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett is an A-list actress known for films such as “Carol,” “Blue Jasmine” and “The Aviator.” Bollywood heavyweight Shah Rukh Khan is a busy actor with nearly 100 film credits, including “Jab Harry Met Sejal,” “Chennai Express” and “Don.”

While Blanchett’s net worth of $85 million seems impressive, it’s just a fraction of Khan’s $600 million.

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Tom Cruise vs. Charlize Theron

Tom Cruise’s earnings: $43 million, No. 7 on Forbes’ list
Charlize Theron’s earnings: $14 million, No. 7 on Forbes’ lsit

They’re both household names, but Tom Cruise has a net worth of $570 million, which is more than four times that of Charlize Theron’s $130 million.

She’s an Oscar winner, known for films such as “Atomic Blonde,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Monster.” He’s a three-time Oscar nominee who’s been entertaining audiences since the early ’80s with hits, including the “Mission Impossible” franchise, “The Last Samurai,” “Top Gun” and “Jerry Maguire.”

Robert Downey Jr. vs. Emma Watson

Robert Downey Jr.’s earnings: $48 million, No. 6 on Forbes’ list
Emma Watson’s earnings: $14 million, No. 6 on Forbes’ list

Emma Watson is one of the highest-paid actresses on the planet, but her $80 million net worth pales in comparison to Robert Downey Jr.’s $260 million.

Best known as Tony Stark in Marvel films, Downey is a two-time Oscar nominee who has starred in films such as “Sherlock Holmes” and “Due Date.” Watson got her start as Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter” franchise, but she’s moved on to films such as “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”

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Jackie Chan vs. Mila Kunis

Jackie Chan’s earnings: $49 million. No. 5 on Forbes’ list
Mila Kunis’ earnings: $15.5 million, No. 5 on Forbes’ list

Best known for his work as Lee in the “Rush Hour” franchise, legendary actor Jackie Chan won an honorary Oscar for his contributions to film in 2016. Mila Kunis rose to fame as Jackie Burkhart on “That ’70s Show,” but she now is a bonafide movie star known for films such as “Bad Moms,” “Ted” and “Black Swan.”

Kunis’ net worth of $55 million is impressive, but it can’t compete with Chan’s action-star money that’s put his net worth at $350 million.

Adam Sandler vs. Melissa McCarthy

Adam Sandler’s earnings: $50.5 million, No. 4 on Forbes’ list
Melissa McCarthy’s earnings: $18 million. No. 4 on Forbes’ list

They’re both huge names in comedy, but Melissa McCarthy’s $60 million net worth hovers close to Adam Sandler’s 2017 earnings.

Sandler amassed his $400 million fortune making audiences laugh with films such as “Grown Ups,” “Big Daddy,” “The Wedding Singer” and “Happy Gilmore.” Funny lady McCarthy scored an Oscar nomination for her work on the 2011 film “Bridesmaids,” and some of her other films include “The Boss,” “Spy” and “The Heat.”

Vin Diesel vs. Jennifer Lawrence

Vin Diesel’s earnings: $54.5 million, No. 3 on Forbes’ list
Jennifer Lawrence’s earnings: $24 million, No. 3 on Forbes’ list

Jennifer Lawrence is an Academy Award-winning actress known for her work on both “The Hunger Games” and “X-Men” franchises, as well as “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle.” One of the highest-paid actors, Vin Diesel has starred in “The Fast and the Furious” franchise, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies and is Xander Cage in the “XXX” films.

They’ve both helmed major franchises, but despite making major franchise money, Lawrence’s $120 million net worth amounts to just over half of Diesel’s $200 million.

Dwayne Johnson vs. Jennifer Aniston

Dwayne Johnson’s earnings: $65 million, No. 2 on Forbes’ list
Jennifer Aniston’s earnings: $25.5 million, No. 2 on Forbes’ list

She got her big break as Rachel Green on “Friends,” but now Jennifer Aniston is a top actress known for films such as “Horrible Bosses” and “Bruce Almighty.” Previously a professional wrestler, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson successfully transitioned to acting with films that include “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” “San Andreas” and “The Fate of the Furious.”

Despite earning less than half of his 2017 salary and probably in part thanks to her “Friends” royalties, Aniston’s $220 million net worth is equal to Johnson’s $220 million fortune.

Mark Wahlberg vs. Emma Stone

Mark Wahlberg’s earnings: $68 million, No. 1 on Forbes’ list
Emma Stone’s earnings: $26 million, No. 1 on Forbes’ list

Emma Stone topped the list of highest-paid actresses for 2017, but her $28 million net worth is just a small percentage of Mark Wahlberg’s $255 million fortune.

Two-time Oscar nominee Wahlberg, No. 1 on the highest-paid actors’ list, has starred in films such as “All the Money in the World,” “Deepwater Horizon,” “Daddy’s Home” and “Ted.” He also served as executive producer for several television series, including “Entourage.”

Stone scored a Golden Globe nomination in 2018 for “Battle of the Sexes,” won an Oscar for “La La Land” in 2017 and has starred in several other hits, including “Birdman,” “The Help” and “The Amazing Spider-Man” movies.

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All net worth information was sourced from CelebrityNetWorth.com.