Zhao Wei Highest-Paid Actress in the World

Zhao Wei
Zhao Wei led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid actresses” released on Tuesday.

It's been a rough year for the actress, but at least she has her millions of dollars to ease the pain. 47-year-old Zhao Wei has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid actresses for 2024 with an estimated $46 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 28/02/2024 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Zhao Wei tops annual list of highest-paid actresses

In 2021 it looked like the actress’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, she was back on top. People With Money reports on Tuesday (February 27) that Zhao is the highest-paid actress in the world, pulling in an astonishing $46 million between January 2023 and January 2024, a nearly $20 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 Chinese actress-singer has an estimated net worth of $145 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 Zhao Burger” chain) in Beijing, a Football Team (the “Wuhu Angels”), has launched her own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderzhao - China), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Wei) and a fashion line called “Zhao Wei Seduction”.

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

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