Sofia Vergara has a lot to celebrate. Fresh off a week-long vacation to fete her 40th birthday (where she reportedly became engaged to beau Nick Loeb), the "Modern Family" actress has just been named as the highest-earning actress in television.
According to Forbes, Colombian-born Vergara raked in an estimated $19 million between May 2011 and May 2012.
To determine how the annual ranking falls, Forbes considers upfront pay, residuals, endorsements and advertising work. It's the endorsements that can push a name closer to the number one spot. Vergara has appeared in campaigns for Pepsi, Burger King and CoverGirl. Kmart is backing her fashion line to the tune of $7 million in advance payments by the end of 2012.
Sitting at number two on this list is Kim Kardashian with $18 million, missing the top spot by a mere $1 million. Both celebrities have major endorsements under their designer belts: Kardashian and her sisters co-front Kardashian Kollection (a clothing line available at Sears), the reality star's namesake perfume generated more than $6 million in retail sales last year and the family signed a $30 million deal with E! for three more seasons of "Keeping up with the Kardashians."
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Vergara and Kardashian have been rival tabloid staples over the past twelve months, also. Kardashian followed up headlines concerning her 72-day marriage to basketballer Kris Humphries by generating even more column inches in gossip mags when she began publicly dating rapper Kanye West. Vergara's on-again, off-again relationship with Loeb kept her in the papers, culminating in the engagement reports of last week, when she was photographed wearing a large diamond engagement ring while celebrating her birthday in Mexico.
Third on the list is Eva Longoria with $15 million, despite the fact that her role on the long-running "Desperate Housewives" series is coming to an end. The show aired its finale in the spring, and at the time, Longoria was earning $375,000 per episode.
In at number four with $12 million is former "Real Housewives of New York" star Bethenny Frankel, who expanded her Skinnygirl drink line from one product to twelve, launched a daytime television talk show (produced by Ellen DeGeneres) and penned her first novel, "Skinnydipping."
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Rounding out the remaining top ten are Khloe Kardashian Odom ($11 million), "30 Rock" creator Tina Fey ($11 million), "Law & Order: SVU" star Mariska Hargitay ($10 million), "New Girl" Zooey Deschanel ($9 million), "Desperate Housewife" Felicity Huffman ($9 million), Ellen Pompeo of "Grey's Anatomy" ($9 million), her former co-star Kate Walsh ($8 million) and last but by no means least Teri Hatcher, the top ten's final "Desperate Housewives" cast member with $8 million.