The 10 Richest Female Porn Stars of 2013

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Everyone loves a porn star. Or at least, they must do – given the amount of money, publicity and fame the darlings of the industry garner on a daily basis. Today’s big name porn stars have even begun to make the transition from adult entertainment to mainstream media and faces that made themselves known on the x-rated circuit are fast becoming household name; some have even revealed themselves as having serious acting chops. The porn business, while on the decline financially relative to the ‘Golden Age’ of the late 70s and early 80s, is still viewed as a big business with plenty of earning potential. Some reports have put annual revenue in the adult entertainment business at between $10 and $14 billion – although, as Forbes reported, porn tends to ‘exaggerate the size of everything’ with a more accurate annual revenue estimate coming in at about $1 billion. In contrast with most traditional industries, the gender gap is flipped on its head (no pun intended) in the adult entertainment industry, with men finding they’re generally less well-paid than women for their work. On average, men can make between $300 and $1,000 for a scene, and women will garner about $500 to $1,500 a scene depending on the – ahem – complexity of the interaction. The amounts vary widely according to the popularity of the star, how new they are to the business, what type of scenes are being filmed, and the sexual orientation of the scene. For example, male-on-male actors can make as much as twice the amount that their straight counterparts would. Women, though, are the generally the most coveted stars of any scene, movie or photo shoot and the more in-demand these stars are, the more money they can demand to appear in front of the camera.
We’ve collated ten of the highest paid, most popular female entertainers in the adult industry this year – we’ve assessed their popularity on how often they’re searched, how often they appear as ‘key words’ on the major tube sites, how active their careers are and – most definitively – how much money these women make.

10. Nikki Benz- $1 million


Although Nikki is at the lower end of the top 10, a net worth of $1 million is still – by most standards – a substantial amount for minimal hours. This Ukrainian-born porn star started auditioning for porn after she turned 18 and has since been in more than 180 videos. She’s raised her profile by posing for several adult magazines and dedicated followers have cheered every time that she’s been nominated for film industry awards – several of which she’s won.


9. Asa Akira- $1.5 million


This Japanese-American stunner has a net worth of $1.5 million. She’s appeared in more than 300 films throughout her career but started off doing female scenes only – since then, she’s expanded her horizons. In 2012, she married fellow porn star Toni Ribas. She also remains active in the porn industry, and although the amount of scenes she stars in has dwindled slightly she still won several award in 2013 including the XRCO Female Performer of the Year award. Her husband also continues to star in adult movies and the two report a very happy, healthy marriage.


8. Lisa Ann- $2 million


This American porn star/model has a net worth of an estimated $2 million. She got her start as an exotic dancer, when she was originally just trying to pay for her tuition. It seems that she found her calling, however, and fell in love with the job – it would be this industry in which she decided to forge a career. Enjoying the spotlight she soon progressed from dancing, entering the porn industry. She enjoyed the thrill of putting on a show for her fan base and set about to star in a number of adult movies. Since her debut, she has appeared in 340 films and continues to be a fan favorite.


7. Sunny Leone- $2.5 million


Like many porn stars, Canadian Sunny got her start as a model. She later made the transition into porn, but has since developed her career as an actress and a business woman. She has purchased several different businesses, has played varied roles in different television shows and even some movies. Since making her debut in adult films in 2002, Ssuunny has played in both pornographic and mainstream Hollywood and Hindi movies, making her a recognizable face in the world of entertainment. In 2009, Sunny’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to launch her own studio with husband Daniel Weber – Sunlust Productions.


6. Sasha Grey- $3 million


Sasha Grey is certainly among the most popular porn stars of the decade. She’s one of the girls on our list who made a successful transition into mainstream movies, and has become a household name. Making money from endorsements, she’s even released toys that are modeled after what made her famous. Her cute, refined look made her particularly popular among both men and women. She later announced her retirement from porn, but her fan base followed her to Hollywood; she’s starred in some notable movies like ‘The Girlfriend Experience’ and ‘Would you Rather’. Grey has worked as a fashion model, and she’s done some TV acting too. Although her adult videos continue to be best sellers, she has not announced any plans to return to the porn industry that made her a star; she now has a net worth of $3 million.


5. Jenna Haze- $3.7 million


This self proclaimed ‘dirty girl’ has a net worth of $3.7 million and has starred in a wide variety of films – perhaps her popularity is due to her open-minded approach to the industry, as she’s starred in a range of roles from fetish to lesbian. She’s won several awards for her roles in porn and fans simply can’t get enough of this beauty. Haze entered the porn industry at the young age of 19 and since her retirement, she has directed 14 films. She’s also released sex toys that are incredibly popular with her fan base and has launched her own production company called Jennaration X Studios, which pulls in a lot of revenue and has a substantial fan base.


4. Bree Olson – $5 million


Bree Olson has long dominated the porn industry as one of the poster girls for adult entertainment. If you’re so inclined, you can find toys modeled after her at your local sex shop, too! This Texas born beauty has made several television appearances, a music video, and was even featured as Penthouse’s Pet of the month. She also posed for Hustler and has a net worth of a staggering $5 million. She shot into the mainstream consciosness after she became a live-in girlfriend of Charlie Sheen during his very public, very bizarre break down a few years back (remember the ‘winning’ memes?). During this relationship she announced plans to retire and she has since moved into mainstream movies; look out for Bree in the horror sequal ‘The Human Centipede 3’ next year.


3. Jesse Jane- $8 million


This blonde beauty has a net worth of 8 million, placing her as one of the most lucrative and popular female stars in the industry. Although she has appeared in several television shows, the bulk of her work is in the adult entertainment industry. She is best known for her role in the “Pirates” series, a pornographic spin-off of the popular “Pirates of the Caribbean” films. This series garnered a lot of attention with both men and women with a relatively engaging story line in addition to sex scenes. Outside of her pornographic career, Jesse Jane has also released her own brand of tequila and is happily married with a son.


2. Tera Patrick- $15 million


Gentlemen may prefer blondes, but that doesn’t stop gorgeous brunette Tera taking one of the top spots on our list as the richest most popular female in the adult entertainment industry. She’s not only a porn star but a model, talent agent, and author. During her modeling career, she made the shift into porn but with her smarts she knew how to make her name into a multi-million empire. Tera holds degrees in both microbiology and nursing and is one of the stars on our list who owns her own production company, ‘Teravision’. Smart and sexy, with many strings to her career bow, Tera is one of the wealthiest ladies in porn this year.


1.  Jenna Jameson- $30 million


Over the years, Jenna Jameson has become a household name. A fixture in the lime light, after her porn career started to dwindle she kept her public status by marrying ex-UFC champion Chuck Liddell. With all the hardships of their marriage, she managed to keep her name fresh in the media. Jenna Jameson has a net worth of a staggering $30 million – though this will probably come as no surprise to anyone who’s familiar with the “Queen of Porn”. She made a lot of her money after selling her line of sex toys, and selling her website ClubJenna to Playboy in 2006.