“Modern Family” actress Sofia Vergara is the highest-earning woman in U.S. television, taking in $19 million for the past 12 months on a list released by Forbes.com on Wednesday.

The Colombian-born Vergara took the No. 1 spot on the Forbes list thanks to her Emmy Award-winning role on “Modern Family,” her clothing line with K-Mart and her partnership role in an entertainment company that Forbes says “was poised to become a new media powerhouse.”

sofia-vergara-forbes.jpgA bit more from Forbes.com story “Sofia Vergara’s Rich Little Secret: A Multi Million Media Empire:”

Thanks to her Emmy Award-winning ABC sitcom (which averages 12 million viewers an episode in its third season), a clothing line and endorsement deals, FORBES estimates the Colombian-born star made $19 million over the past 12 months from her fame, making her the top-earning actress on U.S. television.

There’s more, though. With little fanfare outside the insular Latino media community, for 16 years she and partner Luis Balaguer have shrewdly built up their company, Latin World Entertainment, from a Miami talent-management firm into a licensing, marketing, production and new-media powerhouse. A source inside the firm pegs 2011 revenues at $27 million—with a healthy profit margin near 20%. Clients include Disney and Paramount; their YouTube channel, NuevOn, premiered in April and immediately sold out ad inventory to Procter & Gamble through 2013.

Don’t confuse the state of Vergara’s success with that of the number of Latino actors on television.

According to the latest numbers from the Screen Actors Guild less than 6% of lead roles go to Latino actors, compared to 74% for white actors. The number of Latinos is supporting roles is slightly better but still dismal at 7.4%.

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