Gender inequality is not hard to see in the world, especially when it comes to the lack of women’s rights in Hollywood. The voice for women’s rights still remains to be active and strong. For example, a few months ago, Patricia Arquette won a “Best Supporting Actress” Oscar for her role in Boyhood. While others take the stage to talk about their movie, Arquette instead focused on national issues, as she said, “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”
With high-paying actors like Tom Cruise and Robert Downey Jr., we rarely have any actresses make the top paying lists with men. However, female breadwinners do exist in this world. A New York Times article stated in 2013 that four women in 10 American households are either the sole or primary provider in her family. These numbers continue to grow. We give kudos to any females out there providing for their family and even in Hollywood, many of these divas turn out to be breadwinners as well.
Take a look of our list of female celebrities who are breaking stereotypes and working hard as they have earned or are currently earning more money than the men in their life:
15 Julia Roberts
This classic American actress got her first break in the late 1980s, when she appeared in Mystic Pizza. But, we all know Julia Roberts blew up in the Hollywood scene with the highly successful romantic comedy, Pretty Woman. After receiving two Golden Globes and one Academy Award for Best Actress, this pretty woman is reported to now have a net worth of $170 million and earned $16 million last year. She was among the top earning actresses throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, making a whopping $25 million for her role in Mona Lisa Smile back in 2003.
Money does not bring her down though, as she’s been happily married to cameraman Daniel Moder for 12 years, the two met on set of the romantic comedy thriller, The Mexican.
Beyoncé and Jay Z make quite the powerful pair ever since they married in 2008. While they have their own little happy family with three-year-old Blue Ivy, you might be surprised to learn just how much the female singer earns.
In late 2014, Forbes announced that Beyoncé made $115 million that year. She even bypassed her husband with almost double amount of earnings. Jay Z only made $60 million in earnings. But we will see if this changes in 2015, the year is not done yet but as they stand Jay Z has earned 1 and a half million more, bringing in $56 million so far.
13 Emma Stone
Don't we all secretly wish we were a little like Emma Stone? She's an amazing actress with a hot British boyfriend and she's also phenomenal at lip sync battles. We would love to be in her shoes for a day. Even though she has been dating Andrew Garfield for a few years now, Stone can hold her own in the earnings department.
She's been busy acting in successful movies from the Oscar winning film, Birdman, to Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight. Her recent Aloha film might have flopped, but in 2015, she managed to make $6.5 million.
12 Gisele Bundchen
Fashion model Gisele Bundchen might have amazing looks and a successful husband, but her business sense is not too far off either. Between her and Tom Brady, the model made $16 million more than her husband with a total of $47 million. She has also topped Forbes’ list of highest paid models for the past eight years.
She has been quite the busy woman in 2014 as well by making brand deals with top companies like Chanel and Under Armour. It seems like Tom Brady doesn’t mind being on the sidelines next to his gorgeous wife either.
11 J.K. Rowling
It’s not much of a surprise that J.K. Rowling is one of the richest women in the world. Her “rags to riches” story wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for a magical boy named Harry Potter. With her $1 billion net worth, we are pretty sure that she will always have more cash in the bank than any partner she chooses.
In 2001, the best-selling author married anesthesiologist Daniel Murray, who was probably earning an average salary of £110,000-£210,000 in the UK, which seems like a lot but is actually so small compared to J.K. Rowling's $14 million salary in 2014.
10 Oprah Winfrey
The “Queen Of All Media” of course deserves a spot on the list. Starting off as a local talk show host in Chicago, Oprah Winfrey has grown her business into a media enterprise. She was known one time as the richest African American in the world, according to Forbes. Nothing has changed for Oprah after earning $82 million in 2014, mostly due to her very successful cable network Own.
We thought we knew everything about Oprah, but did you know she's still with her partner Stedman Graham? The couple met in 1986 and agreed to participate in a “spiritual union” instead of an official marriage ceremony. His net worth of $10 million seems so small compared to Winfrey’s $3.1 billion.
9 Jennifer Aniston
There was a time where this Friends star was making $1 million per episode, for the sitcom’s tenth season. We still can’t believe that! Even if Friends had ended over a decade ago, Jennifer Aniston has continued her acting career in films with a mix of romantic comedies and dramas.
While she has a net worth of $110 million, Aniston had other things in mind like finding someone to settle down with. In 2012, she began dating actor Justin Theroux. The celebrity couple recently married in August 2015. Aniston still brings in the dough though, after earning $31 million in 2014, which is way more than Justin Theroux's $20 million net worth!
8 Demi Lovato
For stars under 25, Demi Lovato has a net worth of $20 million, pulled from her Disney stardom, music career and as a judge on The X Factor. She used to be paid $2 million a year just for her work on The X Factor!
Did you know that she's been dating That 70s Show actor, Wilmer Valderrama, for almost 5 years now? Valderrama isn't far behind Lovato's net worth with $18 million. However, his schedule hasn't been as busy as hers since playing his iconic role as Fez the foreign exchange student. He does currently work on From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series which has been running since 2014. Lovato, on the other hand, continues to pursue her music career, as she earns a little more than $2 million each year.
7 Kelly Ripa
After dancing professionally and landing her first major acting role in the soap opera All My Children, Kelly Ripa really rose to the top after she was chosen as Regis Philbin’s co-host in 2001. As Ripa brought a new life to the show with her bubbly personality, Live! with Regis and Kelly boosted up in views.
In 2015, Kelly Ripa is still the co-host of the show (now LIVE with Kelly and Michael), with a yearly salary of $20 million and a net worth of $100 million. Her husband of nearly 20 years and past All My Children co star does not mind being behind his wife as the two work together to manage their production company, Milojo.
6 Sharon Osbourne
While Sharon Osbourne and her rockstar husband Ozzy share the same net worth of $220 million, Sharon continues to work with a yearly salary of $1 million as a co-host on The Talk. Even if Osbourne first followed in her husband’s shadow when he rose to fame as lead vocalist of Black Sabbath, she became publicly known from their reality TV show, The Osbournes.
Since then, Osbourne has taken her career to the next level. She has had various gigs as a talent show judge on shows like The X Factor and America’s Got Talent. Nothing is slowing her down.
5 Kelly Clarkson
Can you really ever not be delighted by this all American singer? Kelly Clarkson will always be known as the first American Idol winner. After hits like “Breakaway” and “Never Again,” her whopping $29 million net worth has proven how stable her music career has been over the last two decades. In 2013, she married talent manager and Reba McEntire’s stepson, Brandon Blackstock. The two welcomed daughter River Rose Blackstock in June 2014.
While her husband isn’t that bad with a net worth of $5 million, Clarkson is almost able to match his net worth with her estimated $2-5 million salary from 2014. Now, the singer is ready to produce more music with her newest album Piece by Piece.
4 Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway’s film career has been growing non-stop with a net worth of $15 million, but we will always remember her first breakout role as Princess Mia in The Princess Diaries. Since then, she has starred in a variety of successful films from The Devil Wears Prada with Meryl Streep to her award winning performance as Fantine in Les Miserables.
In 2012, she married her longtime boyfriend and fellow actor Adam Shulman, who only has a reported net worth of $1 million. But, he doesn’t mind Hathaway being the center of attention because he’s focusing on his jewelry designer career. Meanwhile, Hathaway is climbing the ladder of highest paid actresses.
Nothing can stop this diva’s flair! While Pink has had a rocky relationship with freestyle racer husband, Carey Hart, they have still been married for eleven years. Once as a member of girl group Choice, Pink was able to rise to fame independently with her spunky hair and hits like "There You Go" and “So What.”
Her net worth is $110 million, which is way more than double Hart's at $16 million. At the moment, she’s working hard on her upcoming seventh studio album.
2 Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson has made her fortune grow by attempting her success in various outlets including music, acting, reality television and fashion. Her music career and her quick gig on reality TV with ex-husband Nick Lachey are what certainly gave her the most attention. Right now, the actress has been focusing on her fashion line, The Jessica Simpson Collection, which was founded in 2006.
In 2014, she married NFL football player Eric Johnson, whose $100,000 net worth seems obsolete next to his wife’s $150 million. Not to mention, according to Bloomberg, her fashion empire is worth $1 billion. According to Forbes, she doesn't bring that exact amount home - it's more like $20 million. Um, that still sounds amazing!
1 Lady Gaga
Earlier this year, the tabloids went nuts when they heard that pop singer Lady Gaga was engaged to boyfriend and Chicago Fire star, Taylor Kinney. The two have never looked more in love.
While it shouldn’t even come as a shocker that this pop sensation has a net worth of $250 million, she still keeps working. The singer has done it all from collaborating with Tony Bennett to performing at the Academy Awards this year. Lady Gaga’s next projects include working on her fifth studio album and following her fiancé’s acting footsteps. She has joined the cast of American Horror Story for its fifth season.