Lawrence ranked highest-paid actress on $52m

Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence has topped Forbes list of the world’s highest-paid actresses, earning $52m (€45.7m) the past year but still far behind the best paid actor.

Lawrence, who won an Oscar in 2013 for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, also had income for being the face of French fashion and beauty company Dior.

However, her combined earnings came nowhere near the estimated $80m of Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. He topped Forbes list earlier this month of the highest paid male actors.

Lawrence, 25, made headlines last year when hacked Sony Pictures emails revealed she earned a lower cut of profits from the movie American Hustle than her male counterparts.

Forbes noted only four of the women on this year’s highest-paid list, which takes into account earnings from movies, television, endorsements and other sources, made over $20m while 21 male actors reached that level. Lawrence towered above Scarlett Johansson, second on the actress list with an estimated $35.5m, and Mike & Molly star Melissa McCarthy with $23m.

Actresses rounding out the top five were China’s Bingbing Fan who appeared in X-Men: Days of Future Past ($21m), and former Friends star Jennifer Aniston ($16.5m), who also earns money from promoting cosmetics and bottled water.

Last year’s top-earning actress, Sandra Bullock, saw her payday drop to $8m from $51m after a quiet 12 months.

Forbes estimated earnings from June 1, 2014, to June 1, 2015, before subtracting management fees and taxes, based on data from Nielsen, Box Office Mojo and IMDB, and interviews with agents, managers, and lawyers.


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