Sofia Vergara tops TV actress rich list
Sofia Vergara, left, and Television Academy CEO Bruce Rosenblum speak on stage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP / Chris Pizzello / Invision)
Published Thursday, September 4, 2014 9:38AM EDT
(LOS ANGELES-AFP) - "Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara is the highest-paid U.S. TV actress for the third year in a row, earning some $37 million, according to a 2014 list published Wednesday.
The 42-year-old earned significantly more than the top paid actor, Ashton Kutcher, who made some $26 million, according to Forbes magazine, known for celebrity and other rich lists.
The Colombian-born actress -- who literally stood on a pedestal at this year's Emmy awards -- reportedly makes $325,000 an episode for "Modern Family," but earns much more from endorsements including being the face of Diet Pepsi.
She is also the co-founder of multi-million dollar talent management and marketing firm Latin World Entertainment, while earlier this year she launched her own perfume.
In second place is "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" star Mariska Hargitay, whose estimated earnings total $13 million, while Kaley Cuoco of "The Big Bang Theory" took home an estimated $11 million for third place.
Tied in fourth spot were "The Good Wife" star Julianna Margulies who earned $10 million, as did Ellen Pompeo of "Grey's Anatomy" and Cobie Smulders of "How I Met Your Mother."
Smulders' co-star on "How I Met Your Mother" Alyson Hannigan came in fifth with $9.5 million, followed by comediennes Amy Poehler at $7 million and Mindy Kaling at $6.5 million.
Eighth was also tied, with "Scandal" star Kerry Washington, "The New Girl"'s Zooey Deschanel and Courteney Cox of "Friends" all taking home an estimated $6 million.
Claire Danes of "Homeland" earned $5 million, while "Girls" star Lena Dunham rounded out the top 10 with earnings of $3.5 million.