China’s highest-earning star

Li Yuchun

China’s highest-earning star

Li Yuchun has just been named the highest-earning young entertainer (under 30) in China for 2011. Last year the singer-actress raked in Rmb51.1 million ($8.1 million).

The 27 year-old made her big break in Super Girl, China’s version of the American Idol singing contest. Tall and gangly, with a thatch of frizzy hair, Li is often described as “boyish” and “androgynous”. But that hasn’t stopped her from being a media darling. Last year alone she appeared in 60 commercial events (at which she sang), commanding an average fee of Rmb800,000 per show. She also starred in the blockbuster film Flying Swords of Dragon Gate. Advertisers also adore her. She has signed deals with Clairol and is currently the face of online apparel brand VANCL.

Second to Li is singer Zhang Liangying (Rmb46.67 million) and Taiwanese singer Hebe (Rmb42.5 million) ranks third, according to Southern Metropolis Entertainment Weekly.

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