The porn industry is a multi-billion dollar business that has made many people filthy rich. However, a lot of people across the world still carry within a socially constructed brain as they have this view of adult film stars as being financially desperate and hopeless people who work in the adult entertainment industry because they have no other options and are starving to death.
The truth is that enterprising and industrious people can parley their adult film careers into brilliant financial successes and fame if that’s what counts as a power to them.
On this list of the ten highest-earning adult film stars, you will find adult entertainers who not only command high salaries for their roles in adult films but also make hundreds of thousands of dollars each year with their own lines of adult products, like adult toys, books, websites and even beverages. So, let’s read about some real business!
1) Jesse Jane – Net Worth $9 Million
It’s little wonder that the top name on our list is the adult film star who is the most diversified. Not only has Jesse Jane been an award-winning adult film actress for years, she is also a celebrated Penthouse model and an extremely successful entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur, Jesse has her own line of adult toys and even has her name on a brand of tequila. That makes her top the list!
2) Maria Takagi – Net Worth $8 Million
Maria Takagi who is also known for her innocent physical appearance started her career in Japan as a model, but soon took roles on adult programs on Japanese television. Known for playing characters who seduce married men, Maria did not stop with roles in adult films and television shows, but also appeared in men’s magazines and even released a book of artistically done nudes photos known as boudoir shoot. Though she does not appear in adult films today, her videos still sell millions of copies both in Japan and internationally.
3) Bree Olson – Net Worth $7 Million
Bree Olson is the perfect example of someone who has worked hard and struggled to become one of the highest paid and most sought-after actresses in the history of the adult film industry. Her struggle itself speaks for the success she holds today. The outspoken former adult film actress has not only worked hard to compile an impressive net worth, she has a long and impressive resume of adult films and appearances in the pages of men’s magazines like Penthouse, all of it before turning 30. Making her also one of the youngest to achieve such a commendable success.
4) Katie Morgan – Net Worth $6 Million
Katie Morgan is known as a renegade in an industry filled with ‘wild’ women. The story is that Katie actually started appearing in adult films because she needed bail money. She had been arrested on possession charges, transporting 100 pounds (that’s 45 kilos) of marijuana. Katie has also made it big with appearances on an HBO show and in hit movies. She has even hosted her own satellite radio program!
5) Jenna Haze – Net Worth $5 million
Jenna Haze is another adult film star who, after a successful career as an adult film actress, was inducted to the adult film hall of fame. But Jenna didn’t stop there. Instead, she started her own production company, Jennaration X Studios, and has released a string of lucrative titles making her name even a bigger brand in the porn industry. Jenna has also appeared in several mainstream films, including Superbad, and has been featured in best selling books about the adult entertainment industry.
6) Gianna Michaels – Net Worth $4 Million
One of Gianna’s early jobs was working as a receptionist in an office late hours to earn a living, but needing money, she soon got into nude modelling and eventually landed into adult films. Gianna has made hundreds of adult films and is a veteran of ‘gonzo’ amateur websites. That is until she began marketing her own talents by appearing in self-produced exclusive video content available only on her own website.
7) Sasha Grey – Net Worth $3 Million
Multi-talented and extremely successful, Sasha Grey is a model and has some of the sharpest features, author and musician as well as one of the adult entertainment industry’s highest paid performers. Though Sasha Grey is today appearing in mainstream films directed by Oscar-nominated filmmakers, adult film companies are still making millions off of her videos which are still being compiled and released on a regular basis. Even though now she has moved to a different industry her name still speaks loud in the porn film industry.
8) Belladonna – Net Worth $1.8 Million
Belladonna entered the adult entertainment industry as an exotic dancer in Salt Lake City. When one of her girlfriends told her about the kind of money she could make appearing in adult films, Belladonna moved to Los Angeles where she broke into adult movies. After a stellar career in which she won several AVN awards and was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame, she now runs her own adult film company, Belladonna Entertainment, producing and directing adult features.
9) Jayden Jaymes – Net Worth $1.7 Million
Jayden Jaymes started out in the adult entertainment industry as an exotic dancer while studying accounting and business in college. At the age of 20, Jayden began appearing in adult films and was soon nominated for numerous AVN Awards. Jaymes now puts her business education to use running her own successful website on which she operates a controversial blog through which she addresses concerns about the adult film industry with unheard-of candour.
10) Tori Black – Net Worth $1 Million
Like many adult film stars, Tori Black began her career as a dancer, but unlike many others, she was actually a belly dancing instructor. After appearing in hundreds of adult films and winning too many adult film awards to list here, Tori Black appeared in such notable men’s magazines as Maxim and Penthouse, on her way to becoming one of the highest paid adult entertainment stars in the world.