Los Angeles. Reese Witherspoon, 45, has long been one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood. In 2007 she even topped the list with a fee of up to $ 20 million. She also achieved further successes as a producer with her production companies – she produced, for example, the drama “Gone Girl” or “Wild”. Now Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”, “Pleasantville”, “Ice Cold Angels”) has climbed to the top of the list of the richest actresses in the world.
Witherspoon has been committed to promoting women in the film business for years. She has big plans for her company “Hello Sunshine”, which is traded as a “media company of the next generation” and focuses on a female perspective in films, series and other formats: She has just announced the sale of part of the company to a Media company backed by major US investor Blackstone.
The private equity giant Witherspoon and its partners, who remain shareholders of “Hello Sunshine”, are said to have paid around one billion dollars (843 million euros). According to Forbes, she is now considered the richest actress in the world. Around 120 million dollars are said to have flowed directly to Witherspoon after taxes have been deducted, which probably still holds around 18 percent of the company’s shares.
The deal is a “great confirmation” of their commitment to tell stories by women, Witherspoon told Forbes. She will hire more creative women and express their perspectives in new projects.
A successful Hollywood career
Witherspoon’s career began in the early 1990s. She has already been nominated for a Young Artist Award for her first film “The Man in the Moon”. Reese Witherspoon gained greater fame in 1998 when she starred in the comedy Pleasantville with Tobey Maguire. Her final breakthrough came in 2001: “Naturally Blonde” became a worldwide success and Witherspoon was nominated for two Golden Globes. The second part, “Naturally Blond II”, also built on this success.
In 2005 she won an Oscar for Best Leading Role and a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her role as the wife of Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash. Witherspoon then established herself in Hollywood and became one of the highest paid actresses of the 2000s. In 2007, she topped the list of Highest Earning Actresses on salaries of up to $ 20 million.
Witherspoon is a second married to acting agent Jim Toth, with whom they have a son. Another son and daughter are from her 2007 divorced marriage to actor Ryan Phillippe.