From Sofia Vergara To Tom Selleck: 10 Highest Paid TV Stars Of All Time

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When we switch on our TVs, we’re often greeted by familiar faces that have entertained us for years, if not decades. But how much are these stars truly worth? Here’s a list that reveals the finances of the 10 highest-paid TV stars of all time:

1. Kit Harington – $16 Million


Born in Acton, London, on December 26, 1986, Harington is most recognized for his role as Jon Snow in ‘Game of Thrones.’ He starred in the show from 2011 to 2019, with his earnings reaching a peak of $500k per episode during seasons 5 and 6. Over the show’s entire run, he’s estimated to have earned $11.6 million. As reported by CAKnowledge, his current net worth is around $16 million.

2. Mindy Kaling – $35 Million


Mindy Kaling, or Vera Mindy Chokalingam, launched her career with ‘The Office.’ Born on June 24, 1979, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Kaling not only acted in the show as Kelly Kapoor but also served as a writer and executive producer. Her contributions to ‘The Office’ earned her several award nominations. As of now, her net worth stands at $35 million.

3. Tom Selleck – $45 Million


With an acting career that spans multiple decades, actor and producer Tom Selleck is best recognized for his roles in the 1980s. His earnings from the television series ‘Blue Bloods,’ which he started in 2010, amount to $5 million per season. He also earned $500,000 for every ‘Magnum P.I.’ episode in 1985. His current net worth? 45 million.

4. Ellen Pompeo – $80 Million


Ellen Pompeo is known to many as Meredith Grey from the ABC medical drama ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ Her earnings from the show reached up to $575,000 per episode in later seasons. Additionally, Forbes listed Pompeo in 2018 as the third highest-earning female actor, with estimated earnings of $23.5 million that year. Her current net worth is around $80 million.

5. Kaley Cuoco – $110 Million


Kaley Cuoco gained massive recognition for her role as Penny Hofstadter in ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ From the show alone, not counting syndication royalties, Cuoco took home a staggering $150 million. According to, her current net worth is estimated at $110 million.

6. Rowan Atkinson – $150 Million


A master of physical comedy, Rowan Atkinson is synonymous with his character ‘Mr. Bean.’ Born on January 6, 1955, in Consett, County Durham, England, Atkinson’s portrayal of the mostly mute and bumbling Mr. Bean has been cherished worldwide since the 1990s. As of now, his net worth stands at $150 million.

7. Will Ferrell – $170 Million


Having a net worth of $160 million, Will Ferrell has been a renowned name in American comedy since the mid-1990s. Known for his comedic films and skits on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Ferrell has sometimes earned more than $20 million for a single film.

8. Sofia Vergara – $180 Million


Colombian-born Sofia Vergara’s journey to stardom began as a teenager, and she became a household name with her role as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett in ‘Modern Family.’ In addition to acting, Vergara’s portfolio includes endorsement deals, brand partnerships, and her role as a judge on ‘America’s Got Talent,’ from which she reportedly earned $10 million per year. As a result of these various endeavors, Sofia’s current net worth is $180 million.

9. Jerry Seinfeld – $950 Million


Jerry Seinfeld’s $950 million net worth can largely be attributed to the enduring popularity of his sitcom ‘Seinfeld.’ Apart from his earnings during the show’s original run, Seinfeld continues to profit from the show’s syndication. In 2019, Netflix acquired the show’s digital rights for $500 million for five years, further bolstering Seinfeld’s finances.

10. Tyler Perry – $1.1 Billion


Rising from humble beginnings, Tyler Perry is now a billionaire, with a substantial portion of his net worth coming from royalties related to his iconic ‘Madea’ character. The Madea films have reportedly earned him $700 million.

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