Taiwanese media recently published a ranking of the ten wealthiest actresses from Hong Kong, mainland China, and Taiwan. Based on revenue from advertisements, music records, films, and media appearances, the list ranks mainland Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi (章子怡), Hong Kong actress Maggie Cheung (張曼玉), and mainland Chinese actress Gong Li (鞏俐) as those with the highest annual pay.
Zhang Ziyi rose to international stardom when she worked with Taiwanese director Ang Lee (李安) on the 2000 film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon <臥虎藏龍>. She has since starred in several more high-profile roles and continued to make headlines worldwide when it was revealed in 2008 that she was engaged to Israeli American venture capitalist Aviv Nevo, a major shareholder in Time Warner whose worth is rumored to reach 4.7 billion USD. Although their relationship fizzled out in late 2010 due to cultural differences, Ziyi has still maintained a strong international presence.
Although Maggie Cheung’s status in the entertainment industry is unquestionable, she narrowly lost out to Zhang Ziyi on this list due to her less prolific filmography in recent years. Gong Li, whose fame in Hollywood surpasses even that of Zhang Ziyi, was also unable to claim the top spot for similar reasons.
In fourth place is singer/actress Carina Lau (劉嘉玲), the bulk of whose income is grounded in her property investments. She reportedly owns a villa in Suzhou that is worth 10 million RMB and also owns high-end residences in Beijing and Chongqing. Coming in fifth on the list is Hong Kong actress/singer Cecilia Cheung (張栢芝), the youngest artist to have her handprints immortalized on the Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong.
Apart from Zhang Ziyi, two more of mainland China’s four huadan actresses appear on the list as well: Vicki Zhao (趙薇) placed sixth, and Zhou Xun (周迅) in tenth place. After her 2013 film So Young <致我們終將逝去的青春>, Vicki became the first female director to break 100 million RMB at the box office with a directorial debut. Despite coming in last on the list, Zhou Xun has been successful in her own right, having established her own workshop after ending her contract with Huayi Brothers in 2010.
Wrapping up the list are Taiwanese actress Ruby Lin (林心如) in seventh place, mainland Chinese actress/businesswoman Liu Xiaoqing (劉曉慶) in eighth place, and Taiwanese actress Shu Qi (舒淇) in ninth. To the surprise of many, mainland Chinese actress Fan Bingbing (范冰冰) did not make the top ten.
List of the top ten wealthiest actresses, along with annual pay:
01. Zhang Ziyi, 120 million RMB
02. Maggie Cheung, 110 million RMB
03. Gong Li, 90 million RMB
04. Carina Lau, 90 million RMB
05. Cecilia Cheung, 75 million RMB
06. Vicki Zhao, 56 million RMB
07. Ruby Lin, 45 million RMB
08. Liu Xiaoqing, 32 million RMB
09. Shu Qi, 30 million RMB
10. Zhou Xun, 15 million RMB
This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.