While TV Guide released its list of top earners on television, Forbes has also come out with its own annual list, starting with the highest paid male TV stars. Read on to learn who made it this year.
Ashton Kutcher has once again emerged as the number one highest paid male TV star in Forbes magazine’s annual list. The 36-year-old actor, who replaced Charlie Sheen in season nine of “Two and a Half Men,” entered the show with such a lucrative contract to begin with. According to Forbes, Kutcher is estimated to have earned $26 million between June 2013 to June 2014, even as ratings for his show has declined. While the series will wrap up this 2014 season, Ashton has managed his finances well with different tech investments, sealing his earnings.
In second place is Kutcher’s co-star Jon Cryer and veteran TV star Mark Harmon, who leads “NCIS.” Cryer has been consistently on the list since “Two and a Half Men” is such a money-making comedy series, remaining one of the top-rating shows on CBS. It’s the same case for Harmon, who is part of the most watched drama series in the world. These actors’ estimated earnings are at $19 million each.
Neil Patrick Harris landed in third place. Aside from drawing a big chunk of his earnings from the long-running series “How I Met Your Mother,” Harris has also marked a successful career in theater, starring in the production of “Hedwig and Angry Inch” on Broadway. Harris’ estimated earnings is pegged at $18 million for the covered financial year.
Here’s the round-up of the Top 10 Highest Male TV Earners
- Ashton Kutcher $26 million
- Jon Cryer (tie) $19 million
Mark Harmon (tie) $19 million
- Neil Patrick Harris$18 million
- Patrick Dempsey (tie) $16 million
Kevin Spacey(tie) $16 million
- Tim Allen $15 million
- Simon Baker $13 million
- Jim Parsons $12 million
- Jason Segel $11 million
Johnny Galecki $11 million
- Jon Hamm (tie) $10 million
Charlie Sheen (tie) $10 million
Josh Radnor (tie) $10 million
- Bryan Cranston $8 million
Forbes’ annual list of Highest Paid Male TV Stars for 2014 was based on researched sources provided by producers, managers, lawyers and industry experts. It covers not just the actors’ earnings on their shows but also include endorsement deals and other endeavors.
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