Zhang Ziyi: Greater China's richest actress

SUCCESSFUL: Actress Zhang Ziyi's annual income - from films, media events, ads and music records - amounts to 120 million yuan (S$25 million).


    Aug 13, 2013

    Zhang Ziyi: Greater China's richest actress

    ACTRESS Zhang Ziyi has beaten fellow A-listers such as Maggie Cheung and Gong Li to be the wealthiest actress in Greater China.

    Hunan TV reported that the 34-year-old Chinese actress raked in the most money among actresses from Hong Kong, China and Taiwan.

    Zhang's annual income from films, media appearances, advertisements and music records amounts to 120 million yuan (S$25 million).

    The award-winning actress rose to fame in Lee Ang's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) and has since starred in prominent films, such as House Of Flying Daggers (2004) and this year's The Grandmaster.

    She was recently seen in this year's romantic comedy My Lucky Star, where she plays a cute young woman who loves daydreaming as much as she does drawing cartoons. In the film, she appears with different hairstyles, from a pixie cut to long hair.

    The second-wealthiest actress in Greater China was award-winning Hong Kong actress Maggie Cheung (110 million yuan), who co-starred with Zhang in Hero (2002). According to the report, the 48-year-old lost to Zhang because she had been less active in recent years.

    The last movie Cheung appeared in was Ten Thousand Waves (2010), where she played goddess Mazu.

    Fellow Chinese actress Gong Li, who co-starred with Zhang in Memoirs Of A Geisha (2005), came in third with 90 million yuan.

    Hong Kong actress Carina Lau claimed the fourth spot with 90 million yuan. Her earnings are not only based on the films she's appeared in, but also her property investments in Beijing and Chongqing. In fifth place was Hong Kong star Cecilia Cheung with 75 million yuan, while Chinese actress-turned-director Vicki Zhao took the sixth place with 56 million yuan.

    Other actresses who made it to the top 10 list include Taiwanese actress-producer Ruby Lin in seventh place (45 million yuan), Chinese actress-businesswoman Liu Xiaoqing in eighth (32 million yuan), and Taiwan's Shu Qi in ninth with 30 million yuan.

    China's Zhou Xun was ranked 10th with 15 million yuan.