Sofia Vergara named highest-paid TV actress
July 18th, 2012
04:19 PM ET

Sofia Vergara named highest-paid TV actress

In a face-off with Kim Kardashian for the title of best-paid TV actress this year, it's Sofia Vergara for the win.

Forbes magazine has named the "Modern Family" star and comedic fan favorite this year's highest-paid actress on the tube, thanks to her estimated earnings of $19 million between May 2011 and May 2012.

That total bumped Kardashian into second place with her estimated wealth of $18 million earned in that same time period.

But Kardashian's only trailing Vergara by a cool $1 million, and Forbes notes that she actually has a few things in common with the Emmy-nominated actress. They both have budget-friendly clothing lines with national retailers (Vergara's is available at Kmart, while Kardashian's is sold at Sears); both boast significant endorsement deals; and they're also both celebrity magazine cover darlings.

Not far behind Kardashian is Eva Longoria, who's made an estimated $15 million between May 2011 and May 2012. Forbes points to a high per-episode salary for the former "Desperate Housewives" actress, who has also benefited from cookbook sales, small movie roles, two fragrances, and a selection of endorsement deals of her own.

Rounding out the top five are Bethenny Frankel with $12 million, and Kim's younger sister Khloe Kardashian Odom with $11 million, who's tied with the No. 6 entry on Forbes' list, Tina Fey.

To estimate the earnings for these actresses between May 2011 and 2012, Forbes calculated their upfront pay, residuals, endorsements and advertising work.

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    September 25, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Benetar

    as soon as a guy sees you in pumps, makeup, showers and washes her hair everyday, all of a sudden she needs attention. lolol.

    July 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jujubeans

    She's got more talent under her chin than Kim K has in her whole body!

    July 23, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Benetar

      don't want brag here... prospers well yet can cause a dizzy spell from the neck up. lmao

      July 23, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Benetar

    If Indian Guy would have not consistently "rubbed into her" they would have been buying smackers by the case for about 5 years now. talk about about a slow poke. lol

    July 23, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. jujubeans

    She needs to do a movie and bare her breasts for posterity!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Big Richard

      I hope she bares her posterity!

      July 23, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • cindy

      u wanna see her breasts ( . )( . ) and posterity )( so you can whack off ~ ~ ~<====3

      July 23, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • prosperity

      gotta have a little trust in the knucklehead first before the prosperity becomes visible.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Indian Guy Who Confronted Mr. Fred Willard

    I use to rub into her all the time several years ago. She is a wonderful lady who really appreciates her fan base.

    July 22, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bleu

    great makeup!

    July 22, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. fourtyfront

    folks start to get back to the real world:

    just head home and screw who your crazy about and not somebody he or she can pay the bills and move your career along.

    sophia? i think she earned that 9m the right way.

    July 21, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. small moutain

    highest paid is a little amazing, but hey she did it! lol

    July 21, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. earlyforty

    guys love her...what can ya do! LOLOL

    July 21, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Benetar

      see now isn't this like old times on blogs.. talking dirty and having fun!..

      July 23, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Marguerite

    lets face it ladies she is a georgous gal...but she does need to take an english class to polish up a bit.

    July 21, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. sherri

    Now if she could only learn to speak English so we could understand her. She's very pretty, and I guess talented but very hard to understand. And frankly I find that annoying. Just me I guess, but I'd like actors and actresses to be able to speak so we know what they're saying.

    July 20, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ATPMSD

    How embarrassing for Forbes that they think any Kardashian is an actress.

    July 20, 2012 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  14. keithmoore1

    Wow...seriously depressing that this kind of money is being thrown around for so little in return.

    July 20, 2012 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Anderson

      So little? You obviously do not know about brand recognition. THAT is why these people get the big bucks – not because they are particularly talented (although Varga is hilarious on Modern Family), but because people buy into them. Period.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  15. ClockinDaTyme

    YES, David1958 it DOES matter! Language is powerful, it shapes how we view the world, so it matters.

    July 20, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  16. ClockinDaTyme

    Actor. Ac *TOR*. Step to the 21st century plz. kthnxbye.

    July 20, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • David1958

      Is it really that big of deal, that you felt it necessary to make a comment about it?

      July 20, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  17. C. Sheen

    Spohia Viagra is HOT....................................Lemme see. 19 MIll, that's $9.5 Mil per br3ast. Pretty good! Anybody have her number?????????

    July 19, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Em

    that sofia vergara is annoying. I j ust dont like her.
    thought she only acted in commercials.

    July 19, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • dj

      she's repulsive, big deal she has boobs and ass, she's just another tramp who got lucky

      July 22, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  19. NN

    What! Judge Judy makes $30 million a year. The others are not even close.

    July 19, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Donald in CA

    Gosh, i had never heard of her. Must be a starting pro quarterback to make that kind of money.

    July 19, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  21. thebackfourty

    If you count Judge Judy as an actress, less glamorous, but far more prolific and syndicated – Vergara is still at roughly 30% of Judge Judy's annual haul.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  22. P Boy

    Fascinating article...I think I'll go out to the front yard and take a dump now.

    July 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ross

      why the fk did u read it? stop whining and change those diapers – they stink!

      July 19, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  23. truth2285

    The article doesn't say all of them are actresses. Read people!!!!

    July 19, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  24. el guapo

    Why is Kim Kardashian considered an actress? Sofia is definitely more talented. Writing about the both of them, all I can think is sandwich.

    July 19, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  25. Leon David Peris/Peris Medical Clinic

    She deserves it.

    July 19, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  26. MacGruber

    Man i'd put my penis in between her ta-tas (.)(.) wooooo!

    July 19, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  27. Daaaaaamn...

    ...check out those payments!

    July 19, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  28. duh

    i don't usually post unless i'm in the first 20 or so, but i came up with something so funny I had to record it:


    July 19, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  29. Yazoo

    speak english or get out of my country b1tch – but before you go, actually show us those cans you keep teasing us with you talentless hack

    July 19, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  30. chilipepper

    Shes got two things going for her and acting aint one on them. But Those two assits she has are very talented and easy on da eyes. I'd pay her too.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
  31. ladz

    big fan of Modern Family and Sofia. never will i understand how on earth the Kardashans or whatever u can them, are actresses? what the?

    July 19, 2012 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
  32. Rose

    Kim Kardashian is an actress? LOL I've never heard of Sofia Vergara. I'm excited about the second seasons of Grimm and Once Upon a Time, those are tv shows, not these goofy reality shows.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:02 am | Report abuse |
  33. Adullah Sheikh

    Nice Information....

    July 19, 2012 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  34. P Boy

    I wonder why my pooh has a greenish hue?

    July 19, 2012 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  35. Joe

    Kardashian's an actress?

    July 18, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  36. 1twinsfan

    Funny, Sofia is worth twice what she's paid and Kardashian is worth half of nothing.

    July 18, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Ax

    Kim Kardashian was paid $18 million... no wonder people hate Americans.

    July 18, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Degrin

    This article speaks volumes about our society.

    July 18, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Jeff

    T.V. actress with the most garbage on T.V...... Any & All Kardashian & Jenner...............

    July 18, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Blue Vette

    She looks like another tranny to me.

    July 18, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  41. blessedgeek

    The article spelled a last name wrong.

    Should be via.

    July 18, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  42. lglk

    "Actresses." lol Tina Fey, I get. But Chloe Kardashian?

    July 18, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  43. ionymous

    I guess I live in a hole. Never heard of her. I watch 2 – 3 hours of TV each day.

    July 18, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Martin

    What's astounding to me is that someone's referring to Kim Kardashian as "an actress".

    July 18, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • finewein

      My sentiments exactly. Since when is Kim Kardashian an actress? Although, she did hit the #2 spot for "15 Actors and Actresses who shouldn't quit their day jobs...."

      July 18, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Someone

      OK – point taken about Kim being an actress – butr is si still being paid a lot of money for basically no talent at all.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Someone

    She is one of the moms on Modern Family – a show that features, among other things, a male couple with an adopted baby. The fact that Kim K makes that much money for being an arrogant airhead is beyond comprehension though.....

    July 18, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • .•|•.

      Thanks for info. I've heard the name, but, I didn't know who she was. In fact, I've never watched that show before. 1 thing tho, I like her dress, that's cute! Oh yeah, I agree w/ya about KK, too.

      July 18, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  46. steviej

    The fact that Tina Fey isn't #1 shows just how stupid the TV audience is. Boobs over brilliance every time.

    July 18, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  47. ricklindat

    Sophia Who? Never heard of her!!!

    July 18, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  48. julie cruz

    U go sophia!Kim acts all innocent but she sure gets around I dont watch nothing about her.

    July 18, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  49. WHAT

    Sofia is the Latin-style Fran Drescher – just as annoying and laughing that awful laugh all the way to the bank.

    July 18, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  50. sofia is.....

    speaking Spanish while i clean out her pink taco

    July 18, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Jt_flyer

    Viva Colombian Women!

    July 18, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Earving

    Good for you Sofia how being a bit humble and stop be a prima donna/Diva on your commercial sets and treating the people who look up to you like trash since at the end where all on your side and support your success.

    July 18, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Cambride Ray

    Check the meaning of "verga" in Spanish...

    July 18, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Cambride Ray

    Latinos rock!!!

    Latinos rule!!!

    July 18, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  55. ExaltedMan

    Hmm...., Sofia Viagra?

    July 18, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Simon

    Way to go Sofia! Your people are very proud of you!

    Arriba Barranquillera!!

    July 18, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  57. kit8

    Kim is the best actress on TV. She does an excellent job of pretending her show is real while having various sub plots like mariage, divorce, dating West. There is no way that show can be real. Hence, her acting is excellent.

    July 18, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Ellis

    Wait, Kim Kardashian is an actress? She has a skill? Silly people, she has no skills. Well...that can be shown in public that is.

    July 18, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      The Kardashians are famous because....they are famous....pack of twits if you ask me....

      July 18, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Siojan

      Exactly. To call Kim Kardashian an actress is an insult to those of us who actually have talent and have spent years honing the craft. She is famous for being on a realty TV show – that does not make her an actress!

      July 18, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  59. WMesser58

    Ah name a movie any Kardashian has been in. Their father who help O.J. get away with murder wasn't a reality TV program back then that was before TV decided it's cheaper to let no talent idiot morons walk around proving the point.

    July 18, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Burbank

    For a split second I misread the last name as Viagra. It would certianly be appopriate. I think she could even make silly string stiff!

    July 18, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Biggster

    Never even heard of her....

    July 18, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rags

      So? Who really cares Biggster! Your name surely doesn't fit your demeanor. Smallster might fit you better.

      July 18, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  62. ramone the flea perez

    Finally a woman worthy of her pay and should be considered one of the most beautiful in the world. So glad it isnt some dumb blonde dingbat s l u t.

    July 18, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  63. maggotfist

    Pretty woman,..but who is she?

    July 18, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Some chick

    2 to 4 times a week, my disabled husband and I skip meals, usually dinner
    so our kids can eat. Working 2 jobs to feed and care for disabled husband
    and 2 kids and still cant eat 3 meals a day. Why dont you share your wealth
    with folks trying to survive ?

    July 18, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • fartstire

      But you pay for internet & a computer. You could buy lots of ramen noodles for that.

      July 18, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rags

      It just galls me when losers who haven't planned ahead, think it's OK to even suggest that successful people owe them anything! Get off your lazy azz and actually DO something to better yourself besides demeaning yourself and your entire family by begging!

      July 18, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam stone

      sorry about your disabled husband. what makes you think she doesn't share her income, besides the higher taxes she pays?

      July 18, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Christian mueller

    Thank God, talent wins over hype!!!!!

    July 18, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Big boobs won over everything. Her voice is so annoying it reminds me of a Seinfeld episode...

      July 18, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Desdemona

      You can always just put duct tape over her mouth and just stare at her bo obs

      July 19, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  66. vuda

    Sofia has been in the business for more than 20 years, and finally she has come to the top, proof that she actually worked her way to the top with talent. Good for her.

    July 18, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • SixDegrees

      She can be on the top, or on the bottom, whichever one she wants is fine with me.

      July 18, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Jeff in LA

    When did Kim Kardashian become an actress and not just a porn star with a taste for dark meat?

    July 18, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Matt

    Won't last forever? Sofia has been in TV for 20 years, she as close as lasting forever for a beatiful actress that you would see.

    July 18, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  69. ericwhyte

    They forgot to mention that one of them has talent, while the other simply has a big ass.

    July 18, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Pat in IL

    How odd that Kim K is being called an actress.

    July 18, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Saying

      Kim K is a terrific actress. Look at how well she pretends to be an actual living human with a brain instead of a manufactured plastic doll with nothing between her, I mean "its", ears.

      July 18, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Jason

    Sofia is stunning, especially for a women with a kid in college. I bet Kim's 15 seconds of fame don't last into her 30s, much less 40s.

    July 18, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Leonore H. Dvorkin

    Flaunt it while you've got it, honey. It won't last forever.

    July 18, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Dave

    The only _actresses_ mentioned here are Sofia, Eva and Tina. Reality stars are not; that's supposed to be the whole point.

    July 18, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  74. OHW

    OCCUPY HOLYWOOD. At least Bankers and CEO's have a real job and contribute something to society.

    July 18, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Desdemona

    She look more down to earth and real instead Kim K. Definitely prettier and has a better body. Kim ars€ is all used up and abused.

    July 18, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  76. dt

    she gets paid alot when somtimes u cant understand a damn world she says

    July 18, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • robert

      funny that you mention about her pronunciation and you spelled wrong.

      July 18, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • patch vader

      She has lines?

      July 18, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • DoctorV

      "she gets paid alot when somtimes u cant understand a damn world she says."

      I bet she does not speak English as poorly as you write it. Apparently, English has too many big “worlds.”

      July 18, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Lalala

    Sofia actually has talent unlike that big-reared nothing.

    July 18, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  78. librababy

    For all of you saying you don't know who Sophia is, read the damn article. It tells you who she is.

    July 18, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Observer

    Pretty lady, but who is she?

    July 18, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  80. inewt

    still, i've never heard of her

    July 18, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  81. inewt

    she looks like a king charles spaniel

    July 18, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Mutt

    Sofia's been a little overexposed, but she's funny and down-to-earth. I'd rather see her face in any TV commercial a thousand times a day than even 10 seconds of a Kardashian!

    July 18, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Oside

    She was great in Four Brothers. She is easily more than just another pretty face. But good GOD she is hot!

    July 18, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Madtown

    Kardashian earns $18 mill?!? What is wrong with this country?

    July 18, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoeKool

      I know! What does she do?

      July 18, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Saying

      I don't know which is the bigger mystery – how Kim K "earns" that much money and how there can still be anyone in this country who doesn't think that George W. Bush was the single worst President in the history of the country. I guess it is true – no one ever went broke underestimating the taste or the intelligence of the Americna people.

      Just Saying...

      July 18, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Saying

      I don't know which is the bigger mystery – how Kim K "earns" that much money and how there can still be anyone in this country who doesn't think that George W. Bush was the single worst President in the history of the country. I guess it is true – no one ever went broke underestimating the taste or the intelligence of the American people.

      Just Saying...

      July 18, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Nogimus Prime

    Sofia is an actress, Kim is not, so the headline is a bit misleading. And btw, for all you fathers who told your daughters, "Good looks won't make you money," Kimmy ruined that one for ya! Cause that's all she's got going for her.

    July 18, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  86. nitrous

    I'd do her.

    July 18, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  87. puckles

    NO IDEA who this woman is.

    July 18, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  88. AtlJack

    Rome had Nero fiddling while Rome burned.

    We have Kim Kardashian making $18 a year for doing nothing.

    July 18, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  89. ktina

    im glad*

    July 18, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  90. ktina

    Well I hope that Sofia made more cause she actually works hard for her money...and not screwing her way to the top!

    July 18, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  91. kdbroom

    $18m for Kim Kardashian? That's about $18m of waste right there.

    July 18, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Tanker

    I often wonder what makes someone worth 15$ a year.

    For once, I undersand and agree...

    July 18, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  93. tatiana

    Good for you girl!

    July 18, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |

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