Sofia Vergara TV’s top earner

2012-07-21 00:00

SOFIA Vergara has been named the highest-earning television actress.

The Modern Family star earned around $19 million (R156,86 million) between May 2011 and May 2012, thanks to her role on the show, endorsement and licensing deals and earnings from her media company LatinWE.

Forbes magazine placed reality star Kim Kardashian in second place with $18 million over the same time period, $7 million more than her sister Khloe Kardashian, who is placed fifth.

Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria ranked third thanks to her $15 million earnings. While she and her co-stars on the drama — Felicity Huffman, Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross — all earned around $8 million for the final series of the show, Longoria’s earnings were boosted by endorsement deals with L’Oreal and Pepsi Next, sales of her cookbook, two fragrances and earnings from other acting roles.

American reality star Bethenny Frankel was listed fourth with $12 million, while the top 10 was rounded out by 30 Rock’s Tina Fey, Law and Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay, New Girl actress Zooey Deschanel, Huffman and Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo.

Forbes base the list on estimations of upfront pay, residuals, endorsements and advertising work and do not deduct agent fees or other expenses.

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