Annual earnings: $52 million
Biggest flop: Rock Star (2001)
The actor/underwear model/rapper formerly known as Marky Mark’s placement near the top of Forbes’ list may seem surprising. But when you consider his prolificacy as a producer—particularly in television, where he’s brought Entourage and Boardwalk Empire to HBO—his annual income makes more sense. Wahlberg’s career in front of the camera, however, has been a bit of a roller coaster ride, one in which he follows up mindless big-budget bombs like The Happening with highly-acclaimed indies like The Fighter.
But not even the double star power of Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston could save Rock Star, the 2001 comedy-drama that sees the lowly singer of a rock 'n' roll tribute band hired as the lead singer of the group he worships. It was as funny as This Is Spinal Tap, only unintentionally so.