Apple Daily Ranks the Top Ten Money Making TW-actors in 2011

Apple Daily released its list of the top ten money-making Taiwanese entertainers in 2011, five from each gender. The results are interesting purely from a curiosity perspective, since how much I like an actress or actor has no correlation to how much money they bring in. Nicky Wu leads the pack amongst all the male Taiwanese actors, with all his money coming from activities in Mainland China, namely one drama Bu Bu Jing Xin and its related endorsements. Leading the ladies side is Rainie Yang, also using one drama Drunken to Love You (plus a hit album) to land endorsement after endorsement, though all her money was made solely in Taiwan. Read on for the rest of the list.

Most of the income for all entertainers come from endorsements, and this is true whether in Taiwan, Korea, or Japan. The salary they get for making a movie or drama is very low for the most part, but the role gets them the exposure to land the endorsements. So an actor who did one project that year can make significantly more than another who did triple that amount if the project was more popular and the actor got a significant popularity boost from it.

Actresses:

1. Rainie Yang – one TW-drama Drunken to Love You plus one album Longing For
2. Ady An – three dramas in China
3. Ruby Lin – two dramas and three movies, all activities in China
4. Chen Qiao En – 97% of her income came from activities in China making dramas
5. Sonia Sui – one TW-drama The Fierce Wife, all activities in Taiwan

Actors:

1. Nicky Wu – one C-drama Bu Bu Jing Xin, all activities in China
2. Jimmy Lin – one C-drama Rainbow Sweetheart, all activities in China
3. Mike He – two dramas Sunny Happiness and Love Keeps Going plus one pretty nude photobook
4. Peter Ho – one TW-drama Ring Ring Bell
5. Jerry Yan – one C-drama My Brilliant Life

Apple Daily Top Ten:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqDuXoW-KB8


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Apple Daily Ranks the Top Ten Money Making TW-actors in 2011 — 16 Comments

  1. I spy Mike He! Watched one of his drama and half of the other one…. And the photobook? I’ll pass for now. Glad to see him on the list… I guessed right that his name would be here.

  2. I love how Calvin’s the apple reporter now. it gets so funny whenever there’s news related to anyone he knows. think Apple made a pretty good choice in letting him be their lead anchor, he knows half the entertainment industry, guest stared on a lot of dramas (seriously, i can’t think of any drama that had Jiro or Chun as leads that didn’t have him, and between those two, there’s about twenty dramas), plus when was the last time one of the Fahrenheit wasn’t on the news? My favorite is when there’s those random scandles about Jiro/Chun being married, and he actually pulls out his phone, showing text messages from Jiro saying ‘clear it up for me’, and the next day Jiro retaliate by posting Calvin’s pictures on weibo.

    i’m not surprised by Rainie, am surprised by Jimmy Lin, what the heck? didn’t even know this guy was still in the circle.

  3. Frankly speaking, I love 4 out of 5 of the richest female actresses:) I am not familiar with Ady An so I can’t say if I like her or not.

    Rainie Yang has shown tremendous improvement throughout the years… I watched most of her dramas, though I couldn’t care for her whiny tone when she was younger. hahaha. Ruby Lin is my least favourite out of the 4 cos I have only seen her act in mature roles, so not much volatility.
    Sonia Sui was amazing in The Fierce Wife and Black and White… She showed another side of her in P.S. Man, and Chen Qiao En is my favourite! Of course Prince turn into a Frog was the drama that shot her to fame but I think she sealed the deal in Fated to Love You. I’ll just say it… I heart her and her acting. *squee* LoL.

    Sorry for rambling, I just think these actresses are well-deserving of their high pay:)

    • you should really watch autumn concerto starring ady an then! she did a great job in acting and she was also a fun person off screen…

  4. …so sad coz ARJOE are not included, but still fine coz Mike and Rainie made it….. kekeke….. (sorry but I’m not familiar w/ these actors: RUBY LIN, CHEN QIAO EN, NICKY WU, JIMMY LIN and PETER HO)…✬ڼ✬

  5. I expected this sort of ranking. Only thing I was surprised about is that Nicky Wu’s Taiwanese. He really doesn’t fit the mold of a TW actor, if that makes sense

    When will I ever see Rainie Yang in a period drama? I know she was in Liao Zhai, but that was years back.

  6. oh well i think this in not 100% reliable..its a mere media speculation on how much artist earn in this year or if its indeed true then i think the artist on the list are actually so proud of their “high earnings” that they have to boast to the media and the media in turn publish it…perhaps for these artist its fulfilling to be in the top five…seriously is there a need to disclose your earnings into the rest of the world?I dont see any point in it but just for self gratification..Anyways congrats to those in the list, i hope you’ll enjoy your money and find happiness in it.. :)))

    • The actors didn’t disclose anything. Apple compiled the list from gathering data from the production companies and the actor’s agencies.

  7. I love Jerry so much,, he’s so sexy.. Please Jerry Yan visit us again here in the Philippines…More power!!! Continue to work hard, I’m one of your loyal fan ,and we will continue to support you all the way, forever!..We will never forget you~!!!Jia You!!..excited with your new movie this year 2012 titled “Ripples of desire(Lovers are Gamblers)”.

  8. Please Jerry Yan visit us again here in the Philippines…More power!!! Continue to work hard, I’m one of your loyal fan ,and we will continue to support you all the way, forever!..We will never forget you~!!!Jia You!!..excited with your new movie this year 2012 titled “Ripples of desire(Lovers are Gamblers)”.

  9. Congratulations Jerry!!!Please Jerry Yan visit us again here in the Philippines…More power!!! Continue to work hard, I’m one of your loyal fan ,and we will continue to support you all the way, forever!..We will never forget you~!!!Jia You!!..excited with your new movie this year 2012 titled “Ripples of desire(Lovers are Gamblers)”.

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