Since the television as we know it came to be, creativity in the filming industry has also gone through a series of evolutions from the black and white days, to the introduction of color, and from then on, it was one flick after another – non stop. From the good old days of famed Hollywood actress, Marilyn Monroe, whom we still celebrate to this day, and who many female actresses across the world look up to for style and boldness, television has changed a lot.
Today, the people we regard and sometimes think of as our role models in terms of life and relationship goals, are not quite the same as those of decades ago. There’s also a lot more materialism today more than ever in films, and what has exacerbated this is the reality television shows and sitcoms which have turned many ordinary folk into overnight sensations and television stars right before our eyes.
Talent is everything in the industry, and both film directors and the audience alike look out for the best there is when either selecting actors or actresses during auditions for various roles, or when you and I are checking out which flick or series to binge watch over the weekend.
Whatever the case, the fact remains that these TV stars found their way and infiltrated our minds, our lives and somehow heavily influence our tastes and preferences, if not our ambitions. Here are 19 of the highest earning and some hot television stars and the cars they gush about on their Instagram profiles.
19 Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen is known for her many roles, since her days as a stand-up comedian, and actress in various comedy shows on television, but she's also a TV host, actress, writer, and producer. She starred in the Ellen sitcom from 1994 to 1998, and since 2003, she has been and still is hosting her syndicated television talk show, The Ellen Degeneres show. You'll also remember her voice in the popular Pixar animated films Finding Nemo and Finding Dory, where she provided the voice for Dory. Other than that, she is an animal lover and a vegan. When she's out and about, Ellen drives her really cool silver Porsche, but also has a black Porsche 911 Targa 4S.
18 Kris Jenner
There's a lot to be said about this 62-year-old lady, but she's one of the hottest grandmas in the world, and so many women would do anything to look this gorgeous by the time they hit their 60s - she looks great! Kristen Mary Jenner (her real name) aka Kris Jenner is an American TV personality, producer, business woman, author and entertainment manager, besides being mother to some of the hottest and most famous girls in the world - the Kardashian sisters. She is currently dating a 37-year old guy, who she intends to have a child with. She recently gushed about her new ride which she got as a Christmas gift, the Moke electric car. Otherwise she also has a black Range Rover and white Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible.
17 Lauren Cohan
Lauren Cohan is an English-American actress, and model, popularly known as Maggie Greene, her character on the series The Walking Dead. Her other notable roles include the TV series Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016. She is born to an American father and her mother is English, but she has an Irish, Scottish and Norwegian ancestry. Her mother remarried, and took her new hubby's name, which is why Lauren has the same surname, and both converted to Judaism. She did drama and English literature in the University of Winchester from where she graduated and, currently drives in a black Escalade as she juggles work between London and Los Angeles doing several films and non-commercial projects.
16 Khloe Kardashian
Khloe Kardashian is one of the most talked about and popular television personalities (especially in the reality TV series about her family: Keeping Up With The Kardashians), because of her dramatic life and just being one of the Kardashian girls. Besides her crazy relationship with retired NBA player, Lamar Odom, Khloe has made headlines time and time again, the most recent one being about her pregnancy, as her and her beau Tristan Thompson - a Canadian professional basketball player. The couple is expecting their first daughter together, and plans are underway to have the delivery in Cleveland. Khloe is also known for her flashy lifestyle including her expensive cars, such as her Porsche 911 Turbo S, Rolls-Royce drophead coupe, Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG, and a Porsche Panamera.
15 Sofia Vergara
Sofia Vergara has held the title of the highest paid TV actress in the world for six years in a row, owing to her role in the comedy Modern Family. Apparently, Vergara made $41.5 million in the past year, which is $15.5 million more than Emma Stone, the world's highest paid film actress. Her huge gains not only come from her role in Modern Family, but she also has her popular line of perfumes, and two licensing deals that bring in some good cash. She is a Colombian-American actress and model, whose fame came about while she co-hosted two TV shows for Spanish television network, Univision. She's also starred in films such as The Three Stooges, Chef, and Hot Pursuit. Vergara is married to Italian hottie, Joe Manganiello, and she drives a black Porsche 911, Bentley, and Range Rover.
14 Patrick Dempsey
As we count down the days to the season 14 finale of Grey's Anatomy, we cannot help but remember Mr. McDreamy, the guy who stole the hearts of girls and women all over the world with his sensuous voice, his cuteness, and gentle spirit - Patrick Dempsey. We can only imagine how much of a tear-jerking moment it was when Dempsey, who played Derek McDreamy Shepherd on the addictive series, which left us always reaching for a box of tissues, left the show. About three years later, some fans still cannot believe how it happened. Dempsey, an American actor who acted as a neurosurgeon married to Meredith Grey, played by Ellen Pompeo, is not just an actor, but a lover of motorsports, so you'll find his Instagram littered with photos of cars. His favorite is the Porsche, but he also has a vintage car collection.
13 Kim Kardashian West
Kimberly Kardashian West is first, the wife to Kanye West, then she's a mother of three beautiful children. Besides that, she's an American reality TV personality, one of the most followed and adored in the world actually. Her rise to fame started with her friendship to Paris Hilton's stylist, but it was blown up when a sex tape with her former flame, Ray J, leaked in 2007. Later in the same year, Kim and her family appeared in Keeping Up With the Kardashians, which gave birth to spin-offs like Kourtney and Kim Take New York among others. Her life was soon the subject of widespread attention from the media, but she has made this work to her favor. She has a huge social media following and presence, many products to her name including a mobile game and clothing, aside from being the highest paid reality TV personality in 2015 with earnings of more than $53 million. With such good money, plus the fame and a wealthy husband, Kim drives a silver Range Rover, but she also has a Rolls Royce, and was frequently seen with her Mercedes Benz G63 AMG.
12 Johnny Galecki
John Mark Galecki is an American actor known for his role in The Big Bang Theory and in Roseanne, an ABC sitcom, from 1992 to 1997, besides appearances in many other films such as I Know What You Did Last Summer, and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Galecki dated co-star Kaley Cuoco for two years, while working on The Big Bang Theory, and surprisingly they also acted as a couple on the show. However, this relationship didn't last but the two have remained on good terms, according to Cuoco. Galeca is a wealthy man, what with his 360 acres of land in California which includes vineyards, and a log cabin, but he also drives a dope black, off road Toyota truck, which he loves carrying his dogs in while out and about.
11 Julie Bowen
Julie Bowen Luetkemeyer aka Julie Bowen, is a 48-year-old American actress known best for her role on Ed, where she played the part of Carol Vessey, and other roles on Boston Legal and Lost. Perhaps the most current role she's acted in is in the comedy Modern Family where she acts as Claire Dunphy since 2009. She's also appeared in films such as Horrible Bosses and Crazy on the outside. She was married to real estate investor and software developer, Scott Phillips, and together they have three sons, but earlier this year, she filed for divorce from her husband. When she's on the road, especially with her boys, Julie drives a silver Audi A6 - a car that goes from 0-60 in 5.2 seconds with 340hp.
10 Kunal Nayyar
Kunal Nayyar is a British Indian actor popularly known for his role in The Big Bang Theory, a CBS sitcom, in which he plays as Rajesh Koothrappali aka Raj, who hails from New Delhi, despises Indian food, and comes from a wealthy family. Kunal is also among the highest paid television actors according to Forbes, with earnings of a whopping $20 million. His life couldn't be dreamier as he's married to the Miss India 2006 winner, Neha Kapur, with whom he lives in L.A. He's also an author of comical essays, some of which he writes about his wife Neha (she's an established runway model in India). Funny enough, people don't think he's an Indian, they think he is faking it. But this guy works hard for his money, which is why he rewarded himself with his dream car, a brand new Ferrari 458.
9 Lena Headey
Lena Headey is one of the highest paid actresses on television on the hit series, Game of Thrones, where she plays the role of Cersei Lannister. Headey has promised that the show's finale will be huge, so those who keenly follow it, sorry, everything must come to an end. Headey was scouted at the tender age of 17 and worked as an actress in small but supporting roles in the 90s, before fame found her through films such as 300, The Brothers Grimm, and Queen of Sparta. Now, at 44, she's not just an actress and voice actress, but also a film producer. Her daily drive is a Jaguar.
8 Tyler Perry
Emmitt Perry Jr., popularly known to us as Tyler Perry, is an American actor and comedian famed for his role as the tough elderly black woman we have grown to love, Madea. Perry was listed in 2011 by Forbes as the highest paid man in entertainment when he earned a staggering $130 million between May 2010 and 2011. He is the creator of the Madea character, and he also creates films, stage plays and it is here that he earns most of his big bucks from. His most successful television show, Tyler Perry's House of Payne ran on TBS for 8 straight seasons, and later in 2012, he struck a multi-year partnership with media queen Oprah Winfrey on OWN, in order to bring scripted TV to the network. His most successful scripted series The Haves and the Have Nots gave OWN its highest ratings thus far. When he's not scripting or acting, Perry is either gazing at beautiful sunsets or driving in his Ford pickup truck, or Porsche Panamera.
7 Scott Disick
This guy - whoa! There's so much to talk about him, what with his dramatic life and lavish lifestyle - he's like the ultimate Jewish party animal, if there's anything like that - though it would be termed as an oxymoron, but Scott loves himself and lives large, very large. His relationship with his wife was disrupted by a 19 year old model, Sofia Richie, daughter to music legend Lionel Richie and his second wife Diane. Scott was in a relationship with Kourtney Kardashian, and he even stars in Keeping Up with the Kardashians (KUWTK), but their on and off relationship, which saw them have three kids together, but they broke up in June 2015 - so sad. Anyway, this relationship thing doesn't seem to get in the way of his baller lifestyle as he rides in some of the most expensive supercars in the world. They're many but he loves to talk about the Lamborghini. Others in his collection include Bentleys and Mercedes G-Wagen.
6 Jussie Smollett
This is the cute guy with the most amazing voice in the hit series Empire. Jussie Smollett is an American actor, but he doubles up as a singer, and photographer. From 2007 to 2011, he dated American actress Raven Symone of the That's So Raven fame, but that ended and he was reported to be dating director Anthony Hemingway. His acting career started as a child actor in 1987 where he starred in ads and films including The Mighty Ducks, but much later in 2015, he became famous for his portrayal of Jamal Lyon, the role he plays in Empire, the Fox drama series. He has also acted in a science fiction film Alien: Covenant and Marshall. When he's not acting, or he's driving himself to the filming set, Smollett rides in a Jeep Grand Cherokee.
5 Terrence Jenkins
Terrence J, better known to us as Terrence J, is the hot black American actor and TV personality whom you probably know for being a co-anchor on E! News from 2012 up to 2015. He was also a host on BET's 106&Park show, but he has a new role which he signed onto just recently with MTV and VH1. Terrence was once a deejay at WRSV Soul 92.1 before graduating from high school, and later deejayed at 102 Jamz. He starred in Think Like a Man, a film based on Steve Harvey's bestselling book, and as we mentioned earlier, he signed with MTV and VH1 for a first-look production and talent deal. He owns an Aston Martin, but his daily drive is a customized Jeep Wrangler, which he recently picked up from Platinum Motor Sport auto shop in L.A. These guys did justice to the car's rims and the interior, plus the paint job and windows add to the car's fantastic finish.
4 Bryshere Y. Gray
Bryshere Yazuan Gray aka Yazz, aka Yazz the Greatest (his stage name), is an American actor and rapper known for his role in Empire, where he acts as Hakeem Lyon in the Fox primetime TV series. Before acting, Gray loved to play football in high school, but after an injury at 16 years of age, he made the switch to music, and used this talent to earn money as a street performer so as to help his single mom pay expenses. His music career grew and took him further, like when he was an opening act for big time rappers like Fabulous, and 2 Chainz, but his role as Hakeem on Empire is what the world knows him best for. He stars alongside Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, who are his parents in the series. Yazz loves the flashy lifestyle, and his favorite rides include a black Mercedes, and a Lamborghini we spotted on his Instagram profile.
3 Steven Yeun
Born Yeun Sang-yeop, Steven Yeun, a Korean-American actor is best known for his role on The Walking Dead, a horror drama TV series, but he's also been appearing in short and feature films, besides doing voiceovers for video games and cartoons. He was born in South Korea to his dad (an architect) and mom, before they moved and settled in Michigan. The name Steven was given to him after his parents met a doctor by that name in America. He has a bachelor's degree in Psychology (neuroscience concentration) from Kalamazoo College, where he met Jordan Klepper through the latter's sister. He's also an investor in a fusion restaurant owned by Brian Yeun, his younger brother and James Seok. He's also a dad and husband, and his daily drive is a black pickup truck, but he and his wife Joana were spotted earlier in January this year shopping for a car at a Mercedes dealership.
2 Dwayne Johnson
The Rock is a familiar face especially to WWE fans, but today he is like the face of Hollywood. Besides his ambitions at the U.S. presidency, Dwayne Johnson, who was a wrestler before he became an actor, is a car lover, and has had the privilege of driving the finest rides in some of his films including Fast and Furious, and the sitcom Ballers, which has seen him get a number of supercars from their manufacturers on a leased basis. He gifted his dad a cool Ford Explorer for Christmas, but for himself, he saves some of the best rides including a custom-built Ford F150 which is a beast on the road - literally, and he calls it the Black Gorilla. He also got a Ferrari Laferrari on a complementary lease, a Rolls-Royce Wraith, and Cadillac Escalade in which he's transported when going for movie shoots or out and about, if he's not the one driving.
1 Kylie Jenner
We saved the best for last! Kylie Jenner, the newest mom in the Kardashian family, and probably the one with the highest fetish for expensive cars, is an American reality TV personality, a model, socialite, entrepreneur and social media personality. Since 2007, when her sisters Kim, Khloe and Kourtney made all the noise and stole the limelight in the house, Kylie has starred in Keeping Up With The Kardashians and has become a brand all on her own, unlike her twin Kendall Jenner. Kylie also started a brand of cosmetics, Kylie Cosmetics, a mobile app, and a clothing line with her twin, Kendall&Kylie. Her car collection seems endless, but the ones we know include a $1.4 million Ferrari LaFerrari she got as a gift from her baby daddy, Ferrari Spider, Land Rover, and another white Ferrari - there are many more, but these are the most recent, and notable ones.
Sources: Wikipedia, Instagram, E! News