According to a list of America’s richest self-made women, American actress Reese Witherspoon holds the 59th spot with an estimated fortune of $440 million. The list includes 100 names and Witherspoon is the only actress featured. The list also includes other notable names such as television screenwriter Shonda Rhimes, media personality Ellen DeGeneres, and singers Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and Madonna.
Diane Hendricks, a businesswoman with an estimated fortune of $15 billion (£11.9 billion), was ranked first on the list of wealthy women. The list also included women from industries such as fashion, healthcare, and technology.
Highest paid actress
At 47 years old, Witherspoon is among the top-earning actresses globally, having made $35 million this year.
In March 1976, Witherspoon was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has a father who is a surgeon specialized in otolaryngology and a former lieutenant colonel in the military. Her mother obtained a doctorate in nursing and worked as a professor at Vanderbilt University.
The Witherspoon family has been in the United States for over 200 years and is directly descended from John Witherspoon, who signed the US Declaration of Independence and founded Princeton University.
Reese Witherspoon has always been proud of her conservative southern upbringing, having been raised as a devout Christian. She credits her strong sense of family values, tradition, responsibility, and politeness to this upbringing.
At the age of seven, she began her career in television commercials. Later, she won first place in a talent competition, which led to her acting career.
Throughout her career, Witherspoon starred in several significant films, such as “The Man in the Moon” in 1991, “Fear,” “Legally Blonde 2,” “Just Like Heaven,” “Water for Elephants,” and the upcoming comedy film “Your Place Or Mine.” She also recently completed filming for the third installment of the “Legally Blonde” franchise, which has yet to be released.
Witherspoon had a successful career with several award wins, including the prestigious Best Actress Academy Award in 2006 for her role in “Walk the Line”. She also won the Golden Globe Award three times, one of which was for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical in 2000 for “Election”. She won the same award again in 2002 for “Legally Blonde” and in 2006 for her role in “Walk the Line”.
Besides acting, Reese Witherspoon was also involved in producing through her production company, “Hello Sunshine,” in partnership with Blackstone. The company was later sold for $900 million, and Reese kept 18% of the shares, which resulted in significant profits for her. Selling the shares resulted in paper gains.