These Stars’ Earnings Are No Match For Their Competition

When you think of major celebrities, it’s easy to say that they’re all ‘rich’. When you’re making tens of millions of dollars, what difference does one or two million make? But once you compare two similar celebrities side-by-side, the earning gap between them is pretty amazing. It’s wild to think that two megastars who you may assume take home similar earnings are as much as $240 million apart! See which of your favorite celebrities are making way more money than their counterparts and the pay difference between an American Idol judge and a judge on The Voice.

Are You Surprised Judge Judy Makes More Than Ellen DeGeneres?

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Jim Spellman/WireImage/Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic

Ellen DeGeneres is one of the most recognizable celebrities on the planet. Her daytime talk show The Ellen Degeneres Show has made her a household name as well as filthy rich. That’s why it may come as a surprise that Judy Sheindlin makes more money than Ellen!

Judy, better known as “Judge Judy” on her court television series, is the highest-paid TV host in the world. While Ellen earned $87.5 million in 2019 alone, Judy far surpassed her, earning $147 million. Judy’s income greatly increased after she sold the rights to reruns of Judge Judy, escalating her yearly salary.

Kanye West Still Earns More Than Travis Scott… By Far

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Taylor Hill/WireImage/Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

Kanye West and Travis Scott have a lot in common, including being fathers of a baby of the Kardashian-Jenner clan. Both rappers have created an impressive career for themselves– 2019 Travis’ Astro World tour set records and boosted his net worth to an estimated $40 million.

But with an estimated net worth of $250 million, it’s Kanye that earns the most. Along with his successful tours and sales, Kanye keeps a hand in the fashion and business world, including shoe collaborations with both Nike and Adidas.

Hit Maker Taylor Swift Earns Way More Than Ed Sheeren

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Taylor Hill/FilmMagic/David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage

Both Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeren have had incredible careers, breaking sales records, selling out touring, and blowing up the Billboard charts. Taylor makes a fortune touring– her Reputation Stadium Tour was the highest-grossing tour in US History, bringing in $266 million. Combined with other earnings, Taylor brought in $185 million in 2019.

The same year, Ed earned $110 million, falling behind Taylor by a good margin. When it comes to estimated net worth, Taylor comes in at $400 million while Ed is estimated to be worth $160 million. Both are big names, but that’s a big difference in pay!

Bruno Mars Blows John Legend Out Of The Water

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Steve Granitz/WireImage/GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images

John Legend may have 10 Grammy Awards to his name and has been named an EGOT (winner of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) but his net worth has nothing on Bruno Mars. John’s album sales, film works, and tours have brought his estimated net worth to $45 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, but Bruno’s more than triples John’s at $175 million.

Bruno kicked off his earnings in 2013 when he brought home $38 million in a single year. Between June 2017 and June 2018, he earned $100 million with his 24K Magic World Tour that grossed an incredible $375.8 million. The two solo artists are comparable in several ways, but not in net worth.

Actor Chris Hemsworth’s Net Worth Is Much Greater Than Liam’s

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Steve Granitz/WireImage/Dia Dipasupil/FilmMagic

Another pair of siblings to make the list are brothers Chris Hemsworth and Liam Hemsworth. Both young actors have had impressive careers and are even considered for the same part at times. But it’s older brother Chris who has the highest net worth by a difference of $104 million.

Starring in Marvel Universe’s Thor brought Chris’ earnings to $76.4 million, making him the second-highest-paid actor in the world in 2019, according to Forbes. Although Liam had a recurring role in The Hunger Games, his net worth is $26 million, much lower than his brother’s.

Beyoncé Still Tops Lady Gaga’s Net Worth

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Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images/Presley Ann/Getty Images for Haus Laboratories

Both Beyoncé and Lady Gaga are international phenomenons, both for their musical talent and beloved personalities. These ladies make a killing on tour and have both performed at the Super Bowl. However, when it comes to earnings, Beyoncé takes the cake.

In 2019 alone, Beyoncé earned $81 million while Lady Gaga added $39.5 million to her bank account. Overall, Beyoncé’s net worth is estimated to be $500 million while Lady Gaga falls behind at $320 million. Still, both artists make the 2019 Forbes list of highest-paid celebrities.

Action Actresses Scarlett Johansson and Margot Robbie Aren’t Paid The Same

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Steve Granitz/WireImage

Both Scarlett Johansson and Margot Robbie have proven themselves capable of kicking butt in the superheroes vs. villains film category. Scarlett entertained as Black Widow in Marvel films, while Margot played Harley Quinn in DC films. While both beautiful actresses earn a pretty penny, Scarlett has negotiated more money for her roles.

She earned $15 million for her starring role in Black Widow, bringing her total 2019 earnings to $56 million. Margot, on the other hand, brought in $23.5 million the same year. She has a shot at surpassing Scarlett in 2020, as she’s set to reprise her role as Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey.

Katy Perry’s TV Deal Is High Above Gwen Stefani’s

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David Livingston/FilmMagic /Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli/ Getty Images Getty Images for Fondation Prince Albert II

Katy Perry and Gwen Stefani became internationally recognized for their careers as musicians before appearing on TV. When you compare contracts, however, Katy Perry comes out on top. When Gwen joined the 17th season of The Voice as a judge, she signed on for $10 million. Her contract has since increased to $13 million, but that’s no match for Katy’s TV contract.

As a judge on American Idol, Katy earns $25 million a year, and that’s supposedly before any negotiations took place. That’s nearly double what Gwen earns, with a difference of $12 million!

Just How Much More Does Serena Williams Make Than Venus?

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Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images/Adam Pretty/Getty Images

Although they were raised by the same parents and pursued the same career, sisters Serena Williams and Venus Williams do not have equal earnings. Serena set the record for the most tennis major singles titles (by a man or a woman) and has held the ranking of No.1 for a total of 319 weeks, an incredible feat.

In 2019, Forbes named Serena the highest-paid female athlete at $29.2 million. Her sister Venus, on the other hand, was ranked 10th highest-paid female athlete (tied with Garbine Muguruza) at $5.9 million. Serena’s endorsements earn her $25 million a year while Venus brings in $5 million in endorsements.

Madonna’s Net Worth Eclipses Cher’s

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Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Billboard Magazine/Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic

While Madonna and Cher started their careers in different decades, Cher rising to fame in the mid-to-late 60s and Madonna coming onto the scene in the 80s, both women have continued to have impressive careers and maintained their strong fan base. However, when it comes to net worth, Madonna’s is more than double Cher’s.

Madonna ended 2019 with a net worth of $850 million. Her 2019 Madame X Tour had a shaky start, but grossed $9.6 million. Cher’s most recent 2018-2020 Here We Go Again Tour will reportedly bring in $98.5 million, however, her net worth only comes out to an estimated $360 million.

Michael Phelp’s Teammate Ryan Lochte Earns Way Less Than Him

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William Volcov/Brazil Photo Press/LatinContent via Getty Images/Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

Although they’re both Olympic swimmers on the United States team, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte’s earnings don’t match up. Michael has an incredible 28 Olympic medals and earns $60 million, even in a year when he’s not competing in the Summer Olympics.

Twelve-time Olympic medalist Ryan, on the other hand, brings in $6 million, lacking the major endorsements that Michael has with Under Armour, Omega, Aqua Sphere and other brands. Ryan was also one of the athletes who found himself making headlines for the wrong reasons through a scandal in Rio during the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Tina Fey’s Net Worth Compared To Amy Schumer’s Is Something To Laugh At

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Steve Granitz/WireImage/Bruce Glikas/WireImage

Tina Fey and Amy Schumer are both comedians and writers, but when it comes to net worth, they’re hardly comparable. Tina started her career writing and performing on Saturday Night Live. She went on to write and appear in hit TV shows and films including Mean Girls. At the end of 2019, her net worth was estimated to be $65 million. (She raked in $500,000 per episode of 30 Rock!)

Alternatively, Amy has made her earnings performing stand-up comedy and authoring a biography, The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo, which brought her the third-highest book advance of all time at $9 million. Still, that only brings her net worth up to $16 million, which isn’t even in the ballpark of Tina’s.

Supermodel Kendall Jenner Outshines Gigi Hadid

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Although Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid are good friends, we’re going to pit them against each other anyway. Both ladies are 24-years-old and come from wealthy families but have also worked hard as models to earn a sizable income in their own right.

While both of their careers have made them megastars, Kendall blows Gigi out of the water when it comes to earnings. In 2019, Kendall brought in $22.5 million, making her the highest-paid model of 2019. Gigi’s earnings fell way below, at $9.5 million.

Jeffree Star Is No Match For Kylie Jenner

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David Livingston/WireImage/Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Vanity Fair

Kylie Jenner and Jeffree Star both found fame before stepping foot into the cosmetics industry. Kylie began her career as a reality TV star while Jeffree first became recognized as a YouTube musician. When you add up all of Jeffree’s income, including his earnings from Jeffree Star cosmetics, he’s worth an estimated $200 million.

While that no doubt leads him to live a comfortable life, it pales in comparison to Kylie’s estimated net worth of $1 billion. Both made it big at a young age, but with the massive success of Kylie Cosmetics, Jeffree has no chance of catching up to Jenner’s earnings.

Disney Alumni Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato Don’t Match Up

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Steven Ferdman/Getty Images for ABA/Jim Spellman/WireImage

Both Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato got their start as child stars on Barney and Friends, if you can believe that. And after acting, both ladies took their shot at a career in music, and it paid off. With their backgrounds and timing being so similar, it’s incredible how far off their net worths are.

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Selena is estimated to have earned $75 million, including a $30 million endorsement deal with Puma and a $10 million endorsement deal with Coach. Demi’s net worth is estimated at $40 million, which is closer to half of what Selena is making.

Cardi B Is Nowhere Near Rihanna

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Samir Hussein/WireImage/Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

While both hip-hop artists have cemented themselves in the music industry and have had #1 hits on the Billboard charts, Cardi B has a lot of catching up to do to match Rihanna’s estimated net worth. Celebrity Net Worth estimated Rihanna to be $350 million in 2019. That’s due to her record sales, endorsements, and concert sales. That also includes her fashion brand, Fenty.

Cardi B hit the scene in 2016 and has been building her net worth with concert sales and being featured on the VH1 reality TV series Love & Hip Hop New York. However, her net worth is much lower than Rihanna’s, estimated at $24 million.

Bruce Willis Wins This Fight Against Jason Statham

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Mike Marsland/ Mike Marsland/WireImage/David Livingston/Getty Images

Both Bruce Willis and Jason Statham win the fight every time against the bad guys, but when pitted against each other for earnings, Bruce beats out Jason– badly. The actor took home $100 million from The Sixth Sense alone, and after adding up his other film earnings, has an estimated net worth of $250 million.

Jason made the majority of his earnings in the 2000s in films including The Italian Job, The Bank Job, and The Expendables. Combined, his films have grossed more than $1 billion, but when compared to Bruce, his net worth falls short. Jason ended 2019 with an estimated net worth of $70 million.

Jennifer Aniston Made $100 Million More Than Sandra Bullock

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Steve Granitz/WireImage/Jeff Spicer/FilmMagic

Beautiful, talented, and funny? Actresses Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock seem to have it all. Both women have made their mark as the funny, pretty one in romantic comedies and have padded their bank account with some incredible earnings. But when you compare them side-by-side, Jennifer comes out on top by a long-shot.

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Jennifer is estimated to be worth $300 million, while Sandra is estimated at $200 million. That’s quite a difference! They both got their big break in the early 90s, but after 2019, they don’t have the same amount of earnings by far.

Mila Kunis Is Making Way More Than Kristen Bell

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Gregg DeGuire/WireImage/Ortega/Getty Images

Any movie or TV show with either Mila Kunis or Kristen Bell in it is sure to bring the laughs. Both women got their start playing TV roles on hit shows before making it to the big screen. They even starred in Forgetting Sarah Marshall together, playing the love interests of Jason Segal’s character. Surprisingly, when it comes to their earnings, one of these women has made more than three times what the other actress has!

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Mila comes in at $65 million while Kristen is hanging back at $20 million. Maybe Kristen should get into voice acting like Mila, too.

Sacha Baron Cohen Takes The Cake Over Russell Brand

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Dan MacMedan/WireImage/Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Both English comedians with dark, curly hair with a talent for off-beat comedy, Sacha Baron Cohen and Russell Brand have a lot in common. Viewers know what to expect with they tune into a film starring one of these jokers–a whole lot of inappropriate humor. It’s easy to assume they’d have similar earnings, but that’s not the case at all.

When it comes to net worth, Sacha is sitting pretty with an estimated net worth of $130 million. Russell, on the other hand, is estimated to be worth $15 million. His ex, Katy Perry, is raking in a lot more, too.