Colombian actress Sofia Vergara just turned 40, and her life keeps getting better and better. She celebrated her birthday with a luxurious weeklong Mexican getaway and is engaged to long-time boyfriend Nick Loeb. Her birthday celebration wouldn’t be complete without her multi-million dollar money game.
Forbes reports that her diverse and successful profile — along with $19 million in earnings between May 2011 and May 2012 — wins her the top spot on the list of the year’s highest-earning television actresses in the U.S. She beats Kim Kardashian, who came in second by $1 million.
You may have seen the actress in movies such as Four Brothers, and Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns and Madea Goes to Jail. But she shines on the ABC hit show Modern Family, which averages 12 million viewers in its third season. Vergara also reigns in Spanish and English endorsement and licensing deals and has a Kmart endorsed clothing line. Not to mention that LatinWE, the media company she cofounded in 1996, recently made $27 million in revenues.
In earning her millions, Vergara found love with American audiences without excluding her Latina roots; she also boasts a positive Q Score over twice that of the average celebrity. Forbes notes that she boasts an unrivaled appeal among Hispanics and is the biggest cross-over star since Desi Arnaz.
Vergara’s come a long way from her childhood roots on a farm in Barranquilla, Colombia. And she still has much on the table to accomplish. This summer she’s producing a reality dating show, Ready for Love, and the campy Devious Maids was already picked up by Lifetime. The show is an English adaptation of the Mexican telenovela Ellas son la Alegría del Hogar. It will star Latina leads Ana Ortiz from Ugly Betty, Judy Reyes from Scrubs and Dania Ramirez from Heroes.