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Natalie Portman and Kristen Stewart Top Forbes’ List of Most Bankable Actors

Like them or not, Natalie Portman and Kristen Stewart have one good thing going for them, at least as far as the production side of making movies is concerned: According to Forbes’ annual list of “Hollywood’s Best Actors For The Buck,” they’re the two most bankable stars around.


million dollar lady

Oprah, Lady Gaga, & Judge Judy Make Forbes’ Hollywood’s Highest-Paid Women List

Not everyone in Hollywood makes bank but we’re happy to see a lot of hard working ladies are raking it in. Forbes has just released their annual list of the top 10 female earners in Hollywood, hit the jump to find out who made the cut.


Clever Girl

Sara Blakely Started Spanx With $5,000, Is Now On Forbes’ World Billionaires List

Forbes Magazine has released their yearly list of the World’s Billionaires, over 1000 individuals who have done extremely well for themselves (putting it mildly). New to the list this year is Spanx founder Sara Blakely. The woman who started her bodyshaper business with just $5,000 in savings now ranks up there with Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. And by the look of the Academy Awards this year, something tells me she’s got nowhere to go but up. 


Not all that glitters is gold

Forbes’ 2011 List of The Fifteen Richest Fictional People; And Lack of Rich Fictional Women

Just like The Mary Sue, Forbes loves its lists, and I’ve loved the Forbes Fifteen ever since I found out about it, regardless of the rest of the magazine’s content. I mean… I guess it’s about money, right? And anyway how could I not? The first Forbes Fictional 15 I saw confirmed my own inter-DC rivalry: Bruce Wayne was richer than Lex Luthor.

Rounding out this year’s list is Scrooge McDuck, Carlisle Cullen (as in Edward Cullen’s father), Artemis Fowl II, Tony Stark, Bruce Wayne, Mr. Burns and newcomer Smaug, soon to make his film debut. Forbes, as the people who would know, do their best to realistically estimate the net worth of each fictional character, and chose only those that are the richest and are known primarily for being rich. Their article on the process they went through to put a monetary value on the Smaug’s hoard (not to mention the Arkenstone) is quite the interesting read, and involves citations from the D20 System Reference Document. Good geek detective work, gentlemen!

Of the slightly more than one thousand billionaires in the world, there are little more than a dozen female ones, and Forbes has always made sure to include at least one woman on the Fictional 15, but it seems that fictional female billionaires are just as rare as real ones. Michael Noer admits that finding suitable and diverse female candidates for the list is something Forbes is committed to in an article specifically addressing the problem.