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.
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
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
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