The Top Ten Richest Women In Porn 2016

Despite the surge in free porn sites, many female performers continue to earn extremely competitive rates and can paid anywhere from $500 to $1500 for a scene. This figure can rise even further depending upon the reputation and prestige of the performer in question. So if you’ve always been curious about the pay packets of your favourite adult film stars then listed below is our countdown of the top ten richest women in porn who prove that sex sells and porn pays!

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10 – Nikki Benz ($1 Million)

AVN Hall of Fame Inductee Nikki Benz starts off our list with a net worth of over $1 million. Born in the Ukraine but raised in Canada, Nikki began performing within adult film productions when she was 18 years old and since has featured within over 217 hardcore sex scenes to date. An accomplished performer, director and producer, Nikki Benz’s impressive net worth can be attributed to her extensive portfolio of pornographic performances and magazine modelling shoots, as well as her Contract Superstars TV hosting role for KSEX and her very own production company Nikki Benz Inc.

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9 – Asa Akira ($1.5 Million)

‘Anal Queen’ Asa Akira has amassed a net worth of $1.5 million due to her show-stopping anal sex scenes, literary works and directorial projects. Born in Manhattan, Asa Akira worked as a stripper and dominatrix before becoming an adult film star. In no time at all, Asa soon found her calling for shooting anal sex scenes and has won over 31 prestigious adult film awards for her performances within sensational star showcases such as Asa Akira Is Insatiable 1, 2 and 3. Given that Asa has ranked in numerous “The Top 100 Hottest Porn Stars Right Now” and “The Top 50 Hottest Asian Porn Stars of All Time” lists for Complex magazine, as well as being named within CNBC‘s “The Dirty Dozen: Porn’s Most Popular Stars” list in 2012, 2013 and 2014, it is no small surprise that Asa is one of the richest women within the adult entertainment industry!

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8 – Lisa Ann ($2 Million)

Internationally renowned for her pornographic parodies of Sarah Palin, Lisa Ann has been performing in hardcore sex scenes since 1994 and her on-screen exploits have earned her a place on CNBC‘s “The Dirty Dozen: Porn’s Most Popular Stars” list in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015. During this time Lisa Ann has worked within all aspects of the adult entertainment industry; as a performer, director, talent scout for LA Direct Models, Clear Talent Management and Lisa Ann’s Talent Management, author, radio talk show presenter on Sirius XM, sex toy brand ambassador for RealTouch and even as a mentor for rising starlets such as Duke University porn star Belle Knox. Is there anything Lisa Ann can’t do?!

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7 – Sunny Leone ($2.5 Million)

Although she has officially retired as an adult film star, Sunny Leone remains one of the richest performers and directors ever to work within the adult entertainment industry. Also known under the porn star stage name ‘Karen Malhotra’, Sunny Leone filmed hardcore sex scenes for over 60 pornographic productions between 2002 and 2013 and has directed 61 adult film projects between 2009 and 2015.

In addition to her adult film exploits, Sunny continues to pursue a thriving mainstream acting, writing and presenting career. Some of Sunny’s most notable TV and acting credits include; appearing in the Indian reality TV series Big Boss in 2011, interviewing celebrities on the red carpet at the MTV Awards in 2005 as well as hosting Seasons 7 and 8 of Splitsvilla for MTV India in 2014 and 2015. Sunny’s net worth can also be attributed to her literary works which involve a collection of love stories titled Sweet Dreams that were published in 2016 as well as her immensely successful career as a Bollywood film star. In fact, since 2012 Sunny has appeared in over 20 Bollywood feature films! Whether you know her from her pornographic productions, her reality TV appearances or her Bollywood movies, there is no disputing that Sunny Leone is one of porn’s richest and most popular crossover stars.

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6 – Sasha Grey ($3 Million)

Ever since she was 18 years old Sasha Grey has been taking the adult film industry by storm. Within a year of filming her very first sex scenes, Sasha had won “Best New Starlet” at the 2007 XRCO Awards and by 2008 she had earned the prestigious “Female Performer of the Year” accolade at both the AVN and XRCO Awards.

Never one to rest on her laurels, Sasha has performed within 315 pornographic productions, has directed two adult  films of her own, and continues to pursue a lucrative career as a mainstream media actress. Sasha’s most popular mainstream acting roles include a role within Steven Soderbergh’s feature film The Girlfriend Experience, playing a fictionalized version of herself within Season 7 of the smash-hit HBO TV series Entourage, and starring within multiple music videos including Eminem‘s “Space Bound”, “Birthday Girl” by The Roots and “Superchrist” by The Smashing Pumpkins. Sasha was also featured within the artwork for The Smashing Pumpkins album Zeitgeist. Combine these incredible achievements with a string of magazine modelling shoots, reality TV appearances and her independent creative projects, and it is no wonder that Sasha Grey has amassed a net worth of $3 million!

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5 – Jenna Haze ($3.7 Million)

AVN and XRCO Hall of Fame Inductee Jenna Haze has filmed over 600 hardcore sex scenes throughout her ten year adult film career. Jenna has achieved many landmark successes within her porn star career; including becoming the second performer in history ever to win both the “Best New Starlet” and “Female Performer of the Year” titles at the AVN Awards over the  course of her career (in 2003 and 2009 respectively). A large portion of Jenna’s $3.7 million net worth is a result of her production company Jennaration X which enabled Jenna to perform and direct her own pornographic productions. You can also spot Jenna Haze within multiple mainstream media projects such as the 2007 feature film Superbad, the 2009 action movie Crank: High Voltage and within The Pretty Reckless music video “My Medicine”.

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4 – Bree Olson ($5 Million)

Between 2006 and 2011, ‘Poster Girl’ Bree Olson was one of the most high profile performers within the adult entertainment industry. After shooting sex scenes for over 280 adult film productions, Bree decided to pursue a mainstream acting career and went on to star in an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, within the horror feature film The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) and within the2015 Power Rangers web film as Divatox. In addition to her $5 million net worth, Bree Olson has amassed a string of prestigious adult film accolades including “Best New Starlet” at the 2008 AVN and XRCO Awards, Penthouse “Pet of the Month” in March 2008, has posed as the cover model for multiple instalments of Hustler, Playboy and Penthouse magazines and was named by Maxim as one of the “Top 12 Female Stars in Porn”.

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3 – Jesse Jane ($8 Million)

With over 126 adult film roles to her name, and ongoing hosting roles for multiple live talk shows such as Night Calls for Playboy TV, DP Tonight and Naughty Amateur Home Videos, blonde bombshell Jesse Jane has managed to accumulate an incredible net worth of over $8 million.

Similarly to many of the female performers listed within this article, Jesse Jane has successfully crossed over to mainstream media and has enjoyed cameo appearances on the HBO TV series Entourage, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and within the recent feature film reboot of Starsky and Hutch. An astute business woman, Jesse has established her own range of exclusive branded merchandise and has even launched her own Diosa tequila! Not only have these business ventures cemented Jesse Jane’s status as one of the richest performers in porn, but they have also resulted in Jesse being inducted into the Nightmoves Awards Hall of Fame in 2008, the XRCO Awards Hall of Fame in 2012 and the AVN Awards Hall of Fame in 2013.

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2 – Tera Patrick ($15 Million)

An accomplished adult film star, businesswoman and presenter, brunette beauty Tera Patrick has accumulated a staggering net worth of over $15 million over the course of her 16 year adult film career. Hired by a Japanese modelling agency when she was merely 14 years old, Tera Patrick has always been a natural born performer with an ambitious nature and keen business acumen.

Over the course of her adult film career Tera has travelled the world, studied nursing, acquired her EMT certification, launched her own production company titled Teravision INC, hosted numerous talk shows for Playboy TV and Sirius XM, presented at the 35th Annual AVN Awards, made a cameo in the 2007 comedy feature film Blades of Glory, appeared within an episode of the 2012 cable TV series Girls of Sunset Place and has even launched her own clothing line Mistress Couture; the list goes on! With over 130 adult film collaborations under her belt and multiple inductions into the AVN, XRCO and Nightmoves Halls of Fame, Tera Patrick has achieved unprecedented success within the adult entertainment industry and beyond.

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1 – Jenna Jameson ($30 Million)

And the winner is; Jenna Jameson! From her humble beginnings in Nevada, Jenna Jameson has evolved into the richest female performer in the history of the adult entertainment industry.

Known across the globe as “The Queen Of Porn”, Jenna Jameson has won over 35 adult film accolades since she first started filming hardcore sex scenes in 1993 including “Hall Of Fame Inductee” at the 2005 XRCO Awards, 2006 AVN Awards and 2007 Nightmoves Awards. Jenna’s jaw-dropping net worth of $30 million is a direct result of her adult entertainment company ClubJenna. Founded in 2000 with the help of her former husband Jay Grdina, ClubJenna has evolved from a modest solo website into a thriving pornographic production company and interactive online forum with its own network of contract girls, interactive chat services and branded merchandise; from perfume and clothing to lingerie, footwear and handbags!

In addition to her adult film projects and ClubJenna business ventures, Jenna has also starred within Howard Stern’s 1997 feature film Private Parts, has made multiple cameo appearances on Playboy TV and within various adult entertainment reality TV programmes, has published her autobiography How To Make Love Like A Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale which spent six weeks on The New York Times best sellers list in 2004, launched her own line of Doc Johnson sex toys, released an ‘anatomically correct’ action figure of herself and even launched her very own sexual simulation video game titled Virtually Jenna. This awe-inspiring adult entertainment empire is a testament to Jenna Jameson’s performing talents, astute business acumen and devotion to her international fan base.

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So now that you have become accustomed with the top ten richest women in porn in 2016, what are your predictions for 2017? Will seasoned performers and directors such as Francesca Le make their way into the top ten? Or will rising starlets such as Riley Reid and Dakota Skye give them a run for their money? Only time will tell!

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