Adam Sandler, ‘Barbie’ stars Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling top Forbes’ highest-paid actors list


Adam Sandler had a triumphant 2023, making him Forbes’ highest-paid actor of the year. Accruing $14 million more than the next person on the list, the funnyman proved that having your eggs in more than one basket proves lucrative.

But the Sandman wasn’t the only star to have success last year. “Barbie,” the most profitable film of 2023, had two of its stars on the long list of wealthy names. 

Here’s a look at who made the top 10.


1. Adam Sandler

Sandler comfortably sits atop the list of affluent stars, raking in $73 million for the year. That includes funds allocated to his manager, lawyer and agent.

Much of Sandler’s success is due in part to his massive contract with Netflix, which he originally signed in 2014 for $250 million and renewed in 2020. Last year, three of Sandler’s movies had enormous success: “Murder Mystery 2” with Jennifer Aniston; “You’re So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah,” featuring his wife and two daughters; and the animated flick “Leo.”

Adam Sandler with Jennifer Aniston at the premiere of "Murder Mystery 2" split Adam Sandler in a blue printed shirt with Adam Devine at a premire split Adam Sandler with his wife at a premiere

According to Forbes, Netflix users streamed over 500 million hours of Sandler content last year.

2. Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie smiles at the camera with a blunt haircut at her shoulders

When you’re the star and producer of the year’s most successful movie, you’re bound to see monetary success of your own. 

Margot Robbie not only landed herself at No. 2, she’s also the youngest person on the 10-person list. The Australian beauty made $59 million last year.

“Barbie” set box office records for Warner Bros., making nearly $1.5 billion.

3. Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise in a black shirt and blazer smiles on the carpet for "Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One"

Tom Cruise had an exceptional 2023, earning $45 million. 

The star’s success can be attributed to his latest “Mission: Impossible” installment, which will have a second part released in 2025. Part one made more than $567.5 million worldwide.

Cruise also continues to reap the benefits of his “Top Gun: Maverick,” film, which premiered in theaters in 2022 but accrued on-demand profits last year.

4. Ryan Gosling and Matt Damon

Ryan Gosling in a cream sweater stands in front of a hot pink "Barbie" backdrop

Two Hollywood hunks tied for fourth place, both earning a comfortable $43 million. 

Smiliar to his co-star Robbie, Ryan Gosling has benefited from the success of Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie.” His memorable song from the film, “I’m Just Ken,” has streamed over 100 million times on Spotify, according to Forbes.

Matt Damon in a dark suit soft smiles and looks off in the distance on the carpet

Matt Damon was in another major movie of the year, “Oppenheimer,” which opened the same weekend as “Barbie.” Despite the film being a blockbuster, Damon earned a relatively low salary of $4 million for his supporting role in the Christopher Nolan flick. Most of Damon’s income came from an acquisition with Amazon. He and partner Ben Affleck sold the rights to their movie “Air” for $130 million. 

6. Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston

Aniston will always reap the benefits of residuals from her time on the hit sitcom “Friends,” but her new source of income seems to be from her newer series, “The Morning Show,” for which she reportedly makes $2 million an episode. 

In addition to that substantial TV deal, Aniston has partnerships with Uber Eats, Vital Proteins and Pvolve Fitness that are a healthy source of income. She made $42 million in 2023.

7. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jason Statham

Leonardo DiCaprio in a black suit and white shirt looks stoic on the carpet

Two more Hollywood heartthrobs tied for seventh place, just below Aniston.

Leonardo DiCaprio can mainly thank his Oscar-nominated film, “Killers of the Flower Moon,” for the additional $41 million in his bank account. 

Jason Statham opens his mouth and partially smiles on the carpet in a dark suit and black shirt

Jason Statham had a busy 2023, starring in several motion pictures, including “Fast X,” “Meg 2: The Trench” and “Expend4bles,” all of which made tens or hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office.

9. Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck soft smiles on the carpet with a black jacket and light blue shirt

Like his good pal Damon, Affleck can thank his movie “Air” for the $38 million he made in 2023. 

10. Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington in a dark suit and dark blue shirt smiles partially on the carpet

At 69 years old, Denzel Washington is the oldest actor on this list. 

Washington starred in “The Equalizer 3,” which made over $190 million at the box office. He made a cool $24 million in 2023.

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