Scarlett Johansson, America’s Top-Paid Actress, Makes $200 Million Less Than George Clooney

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Scarlett Johansson, the highest-paid actress in the world, still makes less than seven of the top ten highest-paid male actors.

In a report put out by Forbes, it was concluded that George Clooney was the world’s highest-paid actor, bringing in $239 million between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018. The silver medal on this list went to “Rampage” star Dwayne Johnson, whose annual net pay of $119 million still amounted to less than half of Clooney’s earnings.



On the other side of the gender lines, however, “Avengers” star Scarlett Johansson earned her spot at the top of the world’s top-paid actresses with a comparatively paltry $40.5 million. In fact, it isn’t until near the end of the list that Johannson out-grosses anyone: tying with number seven, Bollywood star Akshay Kumar, and just edging out “Happy Gilmore” star Adam Sandler with his $39.5 million dollars at number eight.

Both top actors have something to brag about when it comes to these numbers. Clooney’s massive paycheck is due almost entirely to the $1 billion dollar sale of his tequila company, Casamigos. The leading man hasn’t starred in a film since 2016’s “Money Monster.” In a similar turn, Johansson’s net earnings are considered impressive by many due to just how little acting she has done in the past year.

Scarlett Johansson

Johannson at the Met Gala in 2018.

But that doesn’t change the fact that the second highest-paid actress on the list, Angelina Jolie, still brought in less than any of the top ten male actors. Many are using this information to point out the continuing disparity in how men are paid versus women, including Forbes themselves.

“Part of the discrepancy is down to a shortage of opportunities in long-running franchises or action movies that pay the big bucks both up front and on back end,” says Forbes staff writer Natalie Robehmed. “But it also shows that even among millionaires, a gender pay gap persists. According to the 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, women earned 80.5 cents for every dollar men earned in 2016.”

Though Hollywood is perpetually on the look for younger and younger actresses as roles for older women disappear, some encouragement can come in the fact that 60% of the women on this list are over 40 years old.


Online editor for Hers magazine.

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