24 Apr Stars Who Mean Business: Sofia Vergara
You probably know Sofía Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, the sexy, ditzy, funny Latina mom on ABC’s Modern Family. But the 40-year-old Colombian-born actress is also a savvy businesswoman; her entrepreneurial ventures have made her the highest-earning woman in television, pulling in a total of $19 million last year.
Back in 1998, Vergara and partner Luis Balaguer cofounded Latin World Entertainment, a talent agency representing Latino entertainers in the U.S. market. Over the years, as the Latino market and mainstream awareness of it have grown, the agency has branched out in new directions. Today it’s involved in licensing, production, and new media, with a roster of clients that includes Disney and Paramount.
Then in 2011, Vergara capitalized on her fans’ enthusiasm for her sense of style with the debut of her own clothing line, in partnership with Kmart. She had a hand in designing all of the items, which reflect her love of vivid colors and sexy-comfy chic. The collection includes body-hugging dresses, tops, and pants in a wide range of styles; accessories; and a vertiginous assortment of high-heeled shoes. The clothes are stylish but affordably priced. Last year, the line expanded to include home products such as bed and bath items and luggage.
Oh, and she’ll soon be producing an English-language version of the hugely successful Argentine television series Mujeres Asesinas (Killer Women).
As Gloria might say, “Fantastic!”