Fan Bingbing is now fourth highest-paid actress in the world, worth $21m (£13.38m) according to Forbes.
The actress, who is relatively unknown actress in the West, has huge earning power and courted by luxury brands to promote their goods to China’s population of one billion.
The 33-year-old’s only Hollywood performance was as the character Blink (Clarice Ferguson) in X-Men: Days of Future Past. But she is slated to appear in more instalments in the sci-fi film franchise.
Her meteoric rise in the rankings demonstrates the power of the Chinese box office, which is the fastest-growing film market, according to a Times report. China has also just opened the world’s largest single screen.
Among the brands who have signed up Bingbing are Chopard, the watchmaker and the actress is also an ambassador for L’Oreal. Louis Vuitton chose her as the first Asian actress to be provided with a specially tailored dress for the red carpet.
She has created controversy within China, still a very conservative country. Her appearance in The Empress of China, a TV drama, caused censure over lingering shots of her cleavage, according to a Times report.
Bingbing’s next role is in the hotly awaited Lady of the Dynasty, where she plays an imperial courtesan. She’ll also appear in a sex scene on horseback with an emperor.
The actress, TV producer and pop singer has topped the Forbes China Celebrity 100 list in 2013, 2014 and 2015, after ranking in the top 10 every year since 2006. She started her own company in 2007, Fan Bingbing Studio and starred in eight films in 2007.
Bingbing also won the Best Supporting Actress Award at the 44th Golden Horse Film Awards for her role in The Matrimony that year. She also won the Best Actress Award of 4th Eurasia International Film Festival for her role in the film Lost in Beijing
The actress is also known for her charitable works. This week, police reported she had given one million yuan (£100,000) to help victims of the Tianjin explosion.