Despite the Hollywood pay gap, these 20 queens of the big screen are still raking in million-dollar contracts – and they’re putting the “business” into “show business” as well. By combining a flair for the dramatic with an enterprising eye, they’ve cleverly built upon their huge fan following to negotiate mega-buck endorsement deals and launch their own lucrative consumer lines. Here are the blockbuster beauties that know how to bank the greenbacks…
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20. Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle Pfeiffer has banked quite a bit throughout her career, to say the least. Her $80 million fortune comes from a successful run of high-profile movie roles, including a slinky spin as Catwoman in Batman Returns. In 2000, meanwhile, Pfeiffer consolidated her standing as a bona fide leading lady when she received a $10.5 million paycheck for the thriller What Lies Beneath.
19. Salma Hayek
She may be married to a billionaire businessman, but with a hefty $85 million to her name, Salma Hayek can bankroll her own business ventures. The actress rose to fame in her native Mexico before getting her Hollywood big break in Desperado. Since then, she’s founded her own production company and landed endorsement deals with Lincoln and Avon, as well as starring in a multitude of movies.