Why there are 34 men in the Forbes highest paid actors list, but only 18 women

Bethan McKernan@mck_beth
Friday 21 August 2015 11:00

Forbes has published its annual list of the world's highest-paid female actors to much ado about the fact that the top ten's earnings combined came to an awful lot less than what male actors make.

The world's ten highest-paid female actors earned a combined total of $218million, which is around half the combined earnings of the world's ten highest paid male actors.

What no one seemed to wonder, however, is why the list of women only numbered 18 names, while the men's (released earlier this month) came to 34.

Natalie Robehmed, a media reporter at Forbes, told i100.co.uk that the length of the lists differed because of the staggering gender pay gap. "The cut off was a matter of what was sensible while still acknowledging those making astronomical figures, " she said.

In movies, far many more men than women earn double digit millions - only four women made north of $20 million, while 21 men banked more than $20 million. With actors, there were so many above $10 million that it would have been remiss to curb it any shorter.

With actresses, there were far fewer who made more than $10 million, so we decided to drop the barrier of entry. $6 million wound up being the entry point since only the top tier earn more than that. Below that number, the pyramid widens beyond the elite.

Now we know - but sadly that isn't half the battle.

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