Laughing to the BankThe funniest women on television bring home the bacon.
In the movies, men earn more than women and there are few parts for females over 40. But over in TV land, the highest earner of all is 42-year-old Sofia Vergara. Last year the Colombian actress became an American citizen and, according to Forbes magazine, earned $37 million from her role as Gloria in Modern Family, her endorsements and her business dealings. When she’s not a sitcom wife to an older husband, she’s busy at Latin World Entertainment, the company she co-founded in 1998, which dabbles in everything from websites to film production. It pays to multitask.
Modern Family also pulls in almost 10m viewers. But Sofía is not the only woman to command a hefty fee as the star of the show. Here are a few others that guarantee viewing figures.