Lee Young-ae Highest-Paid Actress in the World

Lee Young-ae
Lee Young-ae led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid actresses” released on Thursday.

It's been a rough year for the actress, but at least she has her millions of dollars to ease the pain. 50-year-old Lee Young-ae has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid actresses for 2022 with an estimated $58 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 28/01/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Lee Young-ae tops annual list of highest-paid actresses

In 2019 it looked like the actress’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, she was back on top. People With Money reports on Thursday (January 27) that Lee is the highest-paid actress in the world, pulling in an astonishing $58 million between December 2020 and December 2021, a nearly $30 million lead over her closest competition.

People With Money’s factors

In compiling this yearly list, the magazine considers factors such as upfront pay, profit participation, residuals, endorsements and advertising work.

The Korean actress-model has an estimated net worth of $185 million. She owes her fortune to smart stock investments, substantial property holdings, lucrative endorsement deals with CoverGirl cosmetics. She also owns several restaurants (the “Fat Lee Burger” chain) in Seoul, a Football Team (the “Seoul Angels”), has launched her own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderlee - South Korea), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Young-ae) and a fashion line called “Lee Young-ae Seduction”.

The ranking is significant for many Young-ae fans, who have been waiting for her triumphant return to the glory days for what seems like a lifetime.

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