No wonder why the Nigerian Movie industry is rated third largest in the world because the industry alone has created a lot of opportunities for actors to create wealth for themselves.
Here we present you 10 of the richest, most successful and highest paid Nollywood actresses based on their endorsement deals, performance and other businesses they have been involved in over the past years.
1 Rita Dominic
Award winning actress, Rita Dominic who is one of the oldest faces in the Nollywood movie industry is also a business woman with many successful movies and endorsement deals to her credit.
Rita, whose endorsement deals spans across Canadian luxury hair brand, BK Unique Hair, Nokia, Flat Tummy Tea, Zaron cosmetics and Glo reportedly owns fixed assets worth over N40 million ($240,000) which includes landed properties and two homes.
Her award winning romantic-drama, The Meeting which premiered in 2012, racked in over N 25 Million at the Box Office making her net worth about N950M.
2 Genevieve Nnaji
Genevieve Nnaji is arguably one of the most successful and most popular female Nollywood act. The business savvy actress, singer and fashion designer has appeared in several movies and has some of the most lucrative endorsement deals like Lux, Cintrion Energy drink, Range Rover Evoque, Etisalat, Polo, Amstel Malta and MUD. The Etisalat deal alone reportedly earned her N100 million and the deal with Polo is reportedly N70 million, while the Cintron drink deal allegedly got her N50 million. The gorgeous actress has a Mercedes Benz G-Wagon worth 30million Naira, a Range Rover Evogue worth 19million Naira and houses in Ghana and Ikoyi, Lagos worth several millions of Naira making her net worth about N850 Million.
3 Mercy Johnson
Mercy Johnson, who made her acting debut in the 2004 movie “The Maid,” is one of Nollywood’s highest paying actress reportedly charging N2 million for a movie role. Mercy Johnson’s massive home in Ajah is a multi million naira 6-bedroom duplex has a roofed car park, a swimming pool, well equipped gym, bar, terrace, a pent house and boys-quarters at the back.
The actress who drives a Lexus SUV which is worth N16m also invested in properties and reportedly owns several landed properties in Lagos making her net worth about N600 Million.
She was recently appointed a special adviser to Kogi State Governor.
4 Omotola Jalade Ekehinde
Omotola Jalade is one of the biggest Nollywood’s stars who has become a household name. The actress, model and singer is an ambassador to many huge brands like Ghandour cosmetics ltd, Knorr, Scanfrost, P&G, manufacturers of Pampers baby Diapers and the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association(NLPGA).
Omotola, who has done over 300 movies including the award winning, Ije starring alongside Genevieve in which she got N30 million is also a car enthusiast, as she is known to have some of the most expensive cars. Her net worth is about N550 Million.
5 Funke Akindele
Funke Akindele, fondly referred to as Jenifa is one of the most famous actors in Nigeria who has a Tv series “Jenifa’s Diary”, a show that is now a nationwide hit. The star actress whose endorsement deal with Vitafoam reportedly worth N20 million has deals with other big brands like Globacom, Jobberman, Qlichy, Klin detergent, Maggi, 1960 bet, Qlichy.com, Lagos Inland Revenue Service, Iroko Tv and OMO.
The actress and her husband, JJC Skillz who recently launched a new record label named ‘Scene One Records’ also moved into a 7 bed detached mansion that features airy terraces and casement windows at Amen estate in Ibeju Lekki.
6 Ini Edo
Ini Edo is arguably one of the most popular actresses in Nollywood who reportedly owns over six buildings within the country. With quite a lot of mouth-watering endorsements with big brands like Glo Nigeria, Noble Hair, Chivita, Inec and EKO Restoration Foundation, Ini Edo is definitely one of the richest actresses in Nollywood as she acquired a N70 million mansion in lekki and drives a Brand New Mercedes G-wagon AMG G-65 which cost a whooping N38 million. Her net worth is said to be about N450 Million.
7 Kate Henshaw
Kate Henshaw, who has over 40 Nollywood movies to her name is a popular face in TV advertisements with Lagos Government and talent shows. Her endorsements include Face of Onga, Face of Blessing Perfume deal, the new Face of Samsung mobile and electronics and was previously a Glo ambassador.
Kate recently released her autobiography, The Life of an Actress: My Story and it was reported she got N5 million from the Cross River State Government making her net worth about N400M.
8 Uche Jombo
Uche Jombo is a prominent actress cum producer who has featured in several movies which earned her over N10m in 2008. With the sponsorship of telecoms giant, Glo and also being a model, she earned about N11m in 2009. She also signed a mouth-watering endorsement deal as new ambassador of the New Nation project at the Dukwe headquarters in Port harcourt.
In 2013, Uche was reported to have built a home in Lekki, Lagos which is quite massive, and is located around Alpha Beach Road after Lekki second gate opposite Chevron. Her net worth is about N370 Million.
9 Stephanie Linus
Nollywood actress and producer, Stephanie married Linus Idahosa in Paris, France in April 2012 where they chose an Exclusive Castle in Paris which reportedly cost £100,000 for their wedding.
The award winning actress and producer of ‘Dry’ has many endorsements which include Kanekalon’s Brand Ambassador for Nigeria Kanekalon owned by Kaneka Corporation Japan, Diva Pads, Brand Ambassador for Vlisco’s Dare To Dream Campaign American and also Green valley oatmeal brand Ambassador for Africa.
She was recently named the Regional Maternal Health Ambassador for West and Central Africa by United Nations Population Fund (UNPF).
Her net worth is about 250 million.
10 Chika Ike
Chike Ike who is the brand Ambassador of Bullet Energy Drink is also a UN Ambassador, Refugee Ambassador for Displaced persons and founder of the Chika Ike (Help A Child) Foundation.
Her mansion reportedly has a swimming pool, gym room, private office, car port, garden, massive walk in closet and a state of art interior. She owns a boutique called Fancy Nancy in Abuja and her net worth is said to be about N140 Million.