Sofia Vergara named top earning TV actress

Updated: Jul 19, 2012, 15:51 PM IST

New York: Sofia Vergara has beaten Kim Kardashian to top Forbes’ list of TV’s highest paid actresses.

The ‘Modern Family’ star, who recently turned 40, earned a cool 19 million dollars last year.

Kim came a close second with 18 million dollars in 2011.

Vergara’s success is hinged on more than just her Emmy-winning sitcom on ABC, which the magazine noted averages 12 million viewers an episode.

She also has a clothing line, and massive endorsement deals.

And with business partner Luis Balaguer, she runs Latin World Entertainment, a marketing, production and new-media powerhouse.

“Because they have the relationship with a tremendous amount of talent within the Latin space, they’ve become a comprehensive partner that allows us to achieve a scale in the Hispanic market,” the New York Daily News quoted Amy Spiridakis, the director of marketing for Diet Pepsi, a client, as telling Forbes.

“LatinWE has been the connective tissue between Pepsi and the Hispanic marketplace,” she added.

Khloe Kardashian falls a few spots behind sister Kim, with 11 million dollars.

The top 5 are:

1. Sophia Vergara, 19 million dollars

2. Kim Kardashian, 18 million dollars

3. Eva Longoria, 15 million dollars

4. Bethenny Frankel, 12 million dollars

5. Khloe Kardashian Odom, 11 million dollars