China's highest paid female stars

It's no secret that film actors and actresses earn a comfortable living nowadays, with salaries that go up to US$35 million (S$48 million) - that's if you're Johnny Depp and helm a crew of pirates. 

And we all know in the entertainment industry, the more famous and well-known you are, the higher your paycheck.

Here is a list of China's highest paid actresses, who have not only won the hearts of the audience, but film producers as well.

And surprise, surprise, Fan Bingbing is not top on the list.

  • Having starred in multiple films and drama series, Zheng Shuang is currently one of the highest paid Chinese TV actresses, pulling in about 40,000 yuan (S$80,908) in salary per drama series.
  • Hailed by critics and netizens as China's "Queen of Television", Sun Li was offered a paycheck of about 850,000 yuan (S$171,955) for her role in "The Legend of Mi Yue" (2015). However, due to the lack of budget, she was ultimately remunerated 500,000 yuan.
  • Receiving acclaim for her acting performance in romance drama "Eternal Love" (2017), Yang Mi's salary reportedly draws in a tidy 550,000 yuan (S$111,231) per series or film.
  • Best known for a number of drama series including "Legend of Lu Zhen" (2013), "The Journey of Flower" (2015) and the more recent film "Duckweed" (2017), Zhao Liying's paycheck per drama series could go up to 40 million yuan (S$8.1 million).
  • The China-born actress, who became a Singapore citizen in 2008, held a role in American action crime thriller film "Miami Vice" (2006) which reportedly landed her with a US$5 million (S$6.8 million) paycheck. Winning several 'Best Actress' titles in several film awards from 2007 to 2015, we'd thing she's paid more than that now.
  • Considered one of China's Four Dan Actresses (the four most bankable young actresses), Zhang Ziyi is one of the most well-known Asian actresses in the West as well. Casting the well-acclaimed actress reportedly costs at least 59.5 million yuan (S$12 million) .
  • A Chinese actress, television producer and pop singer, Fan Bingbing topped the Forbes China Celebrity 100 list in 2013, 2014 and 2015. The actress, who's often celebrated as a fashion icon as well, draws up to 80 million yuan (S$16.2 million) in salary per film.
  • One of the Four Dan actresses of China too, Zhou Xun is the highest known best-paid Chinese actresses, drawing in about 95 million yuan (S$19.2 million) for her role in a 2017 drama "Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace".