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# Money Money Money
And the world's highest paid actress is...
Not a bad pocket of change.

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JENNIFER LAWRENCE HAS been named the world’s highest paid actress by Forbes magazine, with earnings of $52 million (€46.1 million) pre-tax over 12 months.

Not too shabby for a 25-year-old.

It wasn’t a tight race either, second highest paid, Scarlett Johansson was $16.5 million behind, taking in $35.5 million last year.

Melissa McCarthy ranked third, taking in $23 million thanks to Spy and Tammy, and the launch of her new all-sizes clothing line.

Chinese actress Fan Bingbing was the only non-American to make the list. She ranks fourth, with earnings of $21 million.

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Last year’s highest paid actress Sandra Bullock saw her earnings fall from $51 million to $8 million.

Forbes notes that the top 18 actresses earned a combined $281 million, $660 million less than the world’s highest paid actors, at $941 million.

The list is compiled by figures based on Nielsen data, Box Office Mojo and IMDB, interviews, and all figures are before management fees and taxes.

The full list:

  1. Jennifer Lawrence $52,000,000
  2. Scarlett Johansson $35,500,000
  3. Melissa McCarthy $23,000,000
  4. Bingbing Fan $21,000,000
  5. Jennifer Aniston $16,500,000
  6. Julia Roberts $16,000,000
  7. Angelina Jolie $15,000,000
  8. Reese Witherspoon $15,000,000
  9. Anne Hathaway $12,000,000
  10. Kristen Stewart $12,000,000
  11. Cameron Diaz $11,000,000
  12. Gwyneth Paltrow $9,000,000
  13. Meryl Streep $8,000,000
  14. Amanda Seyfried $8,000,000
  15. Sandra Bullock $8,000,000
  16. Emma Stone $6,500,000
  17. Mila Kunis $6,500,000
  18. Natalie Portman $6,000,000

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