The latest Forbes Celebrity 100 list points up the large disparity: Of the 100 people on the list, 67 are men, and they generate 73 percent of the estimated $4.5 billion in total earnings. The average guy on the list makes $14.5 million more than the average gal - and once you pull out Oprah and Lady Gaga, the difference is even greater. From Jenna Goudreau's blog:
Over ten years, the total Celebrity 100 earnings figure has jumped from $2.8 billion to $4.5 billion. It's been a good decade for everyone, but even better for the guys. The average male celeb's income has increased 64% since 2002, compared to the average woman's 50% growth.
The gender gap among TV and film actors may be more complicated. "Women are valued less by the studios," [says Melissa Silverstein, who runs the blog Women and Hollywood]. They offer less for female stars because the budgets of their films are lower, and that means they will play in fewer theaters and have less of a marketing budget. It's all one vicious cycle."
The annual Forbes list used to concentrate on showfolk, but over the years it's morphed into a celebrity-wide ranking that includes out-of-towners from sports and media.