Sofia Vergara is a Colombian-American actress, model, TV host, comedian, model, and businesswoman. Since 2011, the Modern Family star has been the highest paid TV actress earning millions above her counterparts. While she earns a befitting paycheck for her acting roles, it is her numerous lucrative endorsement and licensing deals that account for a greater part of her annual earnings. Sofia Vergara has earned $157.5 million pretax between 2011 and 2016 which brings her net worth to an estimated $120 million, a figure that is most likely to grow.
Sofia Vergara Net Worth: How She Began
Sofia Margarita Vergara was born on July 10, 1972 in Barranquilla, Colombia. She attended a bilingual elementary school where she learned to speak English. She later enrolled in the University of Colombia where she studied dentistry for 3 years before dropping out to actively pursue her show business career.
Before she got into college, Vergara at the age of 17 in the year 1989 was discovered by a photographer who spotted her lying on a beach in Colombia. Her first gig came shortly afterwards in a 1990 commercial for Pepsi which focused exclusively on the Latin America market. Sofia went on to land other modelling jobs and soon began acting in Mexican soap operas.
Sofia Vergara Net Worth: TV Hosting And Early Business Career
Years passed and in the mid 1990’s she got her first taste of prominence when she became a host for Spanish TV network Univision. For the network she hosted a travel show “Fuera de Serie” and variety show “A Que No Te Atreves”. However, like most starting entertainers, her early days were not quite lucrative as she received a mid 5-figure salary for her hosting duties.
Vergara at this time had a son, Manolo whom she had with her high school sweetheart, Joe Gonzalez whom she married in 1990 and divorced in 1993.
With a child to cater for, the single mother was on the outlook for other money-making sources. Together with her manager and business partner Luis Balaguer, Vergara dabbled into business making bikini calendars of herself. The duo successfully got financing from various distributors to help with the printing and marketing of the calendars. Fortunately, the calendars sold over a million copies at $13 each, making both parties rich.
At this point Vergara understood that she could earn more from fan-related business endeavors than she does from her numerous gigs. She has since employed this highly rewarding approach throughout her career which accounts for almost 60% of her earnings.
Sofia Vergara Net Worth: Film Roles
As her successful bikini calendar business was based on her fan base, Vergara had to remain active in the media in order to gain more star power. She got her debut acting role in 2002 movie “Big Trouble”, and then Chasing Papi (2003) which helped to increase her popularity among the English audience. Vergara continued to star in movies throughout the 2000’s including two of Tyler Perry‘s productions. In addition to movie roles, she also starred in numerous TV shows including “Entourage” and “Dirty Sexy Money”.
Sofia Vergara Net Worth: Breakthrough With Modern Family
The year 2009 marked the beginning of bigger things for Vergara. It was the year she made her Broadway debut and also landed a main role in ABC comedy sitcom “Modern Family” which became wildly successful both critically and commercially. Modern Family have earned several Emmy Awards while Vergara has bagged for herself 4 consecutive nominations for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series. For her main role of Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, Vergara receives almost $200,000 per episode.
During her spare time from Modern Family, Vergara takes up as many film roles as she can, commanding thousands to millions per role.
Here’s a look at some of the movies and how much she receives.
Fading Gigolo (2013) – $175,000
Machete Kills (2013) – $200,000
Chef (2014) – $450,000
Wild Card (2015) – $2.5 million
Hot Pursuit (2015) – $5.5 million
The Brits Are Coming (2016) – $1.75 million upfront pay
Sofia Vergara Net Worth: Endorsements And Licensing
Vergara keeps up with her non-Hollywood endeavors adding her own line of products to a plethora of endorsement deals. Among her endorsements which pay her millions per year include Quaker Oats, fast food restaurant McDonald’s, beer brand Cerveza Aguila, a line of Careisma scrubs for nurses, dandruff shampoo Head and Shoulders (since 2013), make up company Cover Girl (since 2011), thyroid medicine Synthroid (since 2013), gym chain Bally Total Fitness, AT&T, cable company Comcast Xfinity (since 2013) and a host of others.
Vergara began her first of many licensing deals in 2011 when she launched her own clothing line under Kmart. The deal like others earned her a fixed fee for royalty and additional percentage from sale profits. She ended her Kmart deal in 2015.
In 2013 she lent her name to popular furniture maker Rooms To Go while launching her own line with the brand. She cashed in $3.5 million in the first year.
Sofia in October 2015 allowed her face to be used to market coffee machines made by Ninja Coffee Bar for an agreed fee. The first brand of the machines sold over 1.1 million units in less than 8 months of launch at $179 each. Vergara is entitled to a percentage that results in millions of dollars.
Thanks to all these endeavors she earned $43 million between June 1 2015 and June 1 2016. With such lucrative deals, Sofia won’t be worrying about money anytime Modern Family gets cancelled or ends.
See Also: Top 15 Highest Paid TV Actors 2016