Celebrity moms bring home the bacon in a big wawy!
So who topped this list this year? (…drumroll, please)
1. Bethenny Frankel!
Top-Earning Celebrity Moms This Year
May 2010 – May 2011 period
1. Bethenny Frankel
Millions watch Frankel deal with the challenges of new motherhood on her reality show Bethenny Ever After. Being a mom hasn’t slowed Frankel down though. She recently sold her Skinny Girl Brand line of drinks to Beam Global for $100 million.
2. Gisele Bundchen
The model’s earnings helped rank her and husband Tom Brady as the highest paid celebrity couple with $76 million. The couple has one son.
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen and TV’s Judge Judy Sheindlin tie for second with $45 million. Bundchen, who is married to football player Tom Brady, went back to work just six weeks after giving birth to her son, Benjamin in December 2009. That’s a remarkable feat for any mom but especially one whose job requires her to often be photographed in just a bra and undies.
3. Judge Judy Sheindlin
Oprah may have taken up most of the daytime spotlight but Judge Judy has quietly been earning top-notch ratings for the past 15 years. Sheindlin and her husband have five children between them.
4. Danielle Steel
The mother of five has been cranking out best sellers since 1973. At the age of 64 she released three novels this year alone.
5. Angelina Jolie
Jolie is almost as well-known for her parenting as for her acting. Her six kids are tabloid regulars who travel the world with Jolie and her partner, Brad Pitt.
6. Sarah Jessica Parker
Parker and her husband, actor Matthew Broderick have a son James and twin girls who were born via a surrogate. She will next play a woman trying to juggle work and family in the comedy I Don’t Know How She Does It. Fellow actress Parker and her husband Matthew Broderick have an 8-year-old son and in 2009 had twin girls via a surrogate. Parker will address the struggles of working mothers in her upcoming film I Don’t Know How She Does It where she plays a finance executive trying to balance work and a family with two kids. The film hits theaters September 16.
7. Reese Witherspoon
Witherspoon had two children in her 20s at a time when most actresses are 100% focused on their careers. But motherhood hasn’t ever slowed her down. She won an Oscar in 2006 and has been a top earner ever since.
8. Jennifer Lopez
Lopez’s family life has taken center stage just as her career is heating up due to her recent divorce from Marc Anthony. The former pair are parents to twins Emme and Max.
9. Janet Evanovich
The author proves that you can be a best-selling author and a mother at the same time. She earns advances of up to $10 million per book.
The singer gave birth to her first daughter, Willow, in June. Pink is reportedly taking a short break from the music business.