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Sofia Vergara tops TV actress rich list

Published on Sep 4, 2014 3:34 AM
Actress Sofia Vergara from the ABC sitcom "Modern Family" arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California on Aug 25, 2014. For the third consecutive year Colombian-born actress Vergara, one of the stars of the hit ABC comedy "Modern Family," is the highest paid actress on U.S. television with estimated earnings of $37 million, Forbes magazine said Sept 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - "Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara is the highest-paid US TV actress for the third year in a row, earning some US$37 million (Sing$46 million), according to a 2014 list published on Wednesday.

The 42-year-old earned significantly more than the top paid actor, Ashton Kutcher, who made some US$26 million, according to Forbes magazine, known for celebrity and other rich lists.

The Colombian-born actress - who literally stood on a pedestal at this year's Emmy awards - reportedly makes US$325,000 an episode for "Modern Family," but earns much more from endorsements including being the face of Diet Pepsi.

She is also the co-founder of multi-million dollar talent management and marketing firm Latin World Entertainment, while earlier this year she launched her own perfume.

In second place is "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" star Mariska Hargitay, whose estimated earnings total US$13 million, while Kaley Cuoco of "The Big Bang Theory" took home an estimated US$11 million for third place.

Tied in fourth spot were "The Good Wife" star Julianna Margulies who earned US$10 million, as did Ellen Pompeo of "Grey's Anatomy" and Cobie Smulders of "How I Met Your Mother."

Smulders' co-star on "How I Met Your Mother" Alyson Hannigan came in fifth with US$9.5 million, followed by comediennes Amy Poehler at US$7 million and Mindy Kaling at US$6.5 million.

Eighth was also tied, with "Scandal" star Kerry Washington, "The New Girl"'s Zooey Deschanel and Courteney Cox of "Friends" all taking home an estimated US$6 million.

Claire Danes of "Homeland" earned US$5 million, while "Girls" star Lena Dunham rounded out the top 10 with earnings of US$3.5 million.