Forbes announced the world’s highest-paid TV actresses, and even women who are not Hollywood stars can gain some wisdom from the list: Most of the highest earners have several side gigs going on at once, and have also negotiated excellent contracts.
It helps your wallet to be a transcontinental star -- just ask actress Priyanka Chopra, who stars in ABC’s “Quantico” and continues to act in Bollywood films. She took in $11 million in the past year.
Click through to see who else made the cut.
7. Stana Katic
Forbes reports that “Castle” star Stana Katic made some smart money moves that brought in a salary increase and a portion of the backend of the show as it wraps. The star made $12 million.
6. Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington is not just the star of hit TV show “Scandal,” she’s also a spokesperson for Apple Music, Movado and Neutrogena, bringing her income to $13.5 million.
5. Mariska Hargitay (tie)
It’s no secret that “Law & Order SVU” is one of TV’s biggest moneymakers. Mariska Hargitay raked in $14.5 million.
4. Ellen Pompeo
Ellen Pompeo is still making the big bucks -- $14.5 million to be exact -- from “Grey’s Anatomy.”
3. Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling isn’t just the star of “The Mindy Project” -- she’s also the creator and producer. Those roles, in addition to her advance for her book deal with B.J. Novak, let her make $15 million this past year.
2. Kaley Cuoco
Kaley Cuoco makes $1 million per episode on “The Big Bang Theory,” reports Forbes. That deal helped Cuoco make $24.5 million this past year.
1. Sofia Vergara
Don’t be fooled by Sofia Vergara’s occasionally loopy character, Gloria, on “Modern Family.” The actress is clearly seriously savvy when it comes to money. She made $43 million not just from the sitcom, but also from various endorsements and licensing deals.