Celebrities are raking in the biggest annual salaries that you can see. Their earnings range from hundreds of thousands of dollars to millions of dollars per project. How lucky can they be? Well, there are luckiest – some can even make eight figures just from a single TV or movie credit.
However – sorry guys – this can’t be attained by simply entering the entertainment world. Celebrity aspirants have to prove themselves, get their breakthrough, and make the biggest noise so they can get traction and gain momentum.
It takes years of hard work, a ton of projects, and a pool of tears. Not everything is fun, and celebrities have poured blood, sweat, and tears to be where they are today. Just think of the most prominent A-list stars.
Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston, and the like, all started small before they became the big stars that they are. As they say, you reap what you sow, and they are now enjoying the fruit of their labor.
Without further ado, meet the celebrities who have the biggest annual salaries, thanks to their hard work.
Barbara Walters – $12 million per year
Former The View talk show host Barbara Walters is one of the most influential women broadcast journalists in the industry today. Starting as an anchor for NBC’s Today show and later on at ABC’s 20/20, she proved that she can outwit her male counterparts when it comes to serious journalism. With her charisma and genuinely unique probing skill of interviewing prominent personalities, Walters has reached a certain degree of popularity in Hollywood.
At some point in her career, she started earning $1 million per year for her hosting stints, leading to more opportunities for the journalist. Before retiring in 2004 at age 73, she was given a $12 million annual salary, making her the highest-paid news anchor in history. Her millions can accommodate her retirement years while still doing business on the side. Walters currently serves as executive producer of her show The View, all while savoring a net worth of $170 million.