Sofia Vergara is having a BIG year. In just the last couple of weeks, the Modern Family star turned 40, got engaged and now, she's officially number one on Forbes list of  highest paid TV actresses in 2012!

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Between her role on the ABC sitcom, her endorsement deals with Cover Girl and Diet Pepsi (in English) among several others in Spanish, her Kmart clothing line, and three movie roles, Forbes estimates that the actress's earnings total about $19 million. Oh and let's not forget about her role as co-founder of management company Latin World Entertainment. Whew! With all that on her plate, it's a miracle that Vergara even had time to plan such an epic birthday celebration.

I am so happy for my favorite funny Latina and believe she totally deserves the title. I mean, looking at her ridiculously long laundry list of projects, it's clear that she is one serious entertainment mogul. Plus, she has worked hard for her success, slowly making her way to the monstrous fame she now enjoys over the course of 17 long years in show biz!

Vergara isn't the only one to pave the way for Latinos on television. Here are 5 other powerful Latinas who also rule the small screen:

What do you think of Vegara taking the top spot on the list? Tell us in the comments below!

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5 Powerful Latinas in Television!

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Jennifer Lopez

Lopez earned the number one 1 spot on Forbes Celebrity 100 List earlier this year, which estimated hat she made an income of $52 million in the last year due to an influx of new hit singles, major movie roles, and a growing amount of endorsement deals with some of the world's biggest companies. But her biggest projects have all been on TV-Lopez was a judge on America Idol (although she recently announced she's leaving the show), produced and judged her talent show Q'viva! and is now executive producing a new show for ABC Family.

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Michelle Regalado is a Staff Writer at MamásLatinas. She loves reading, travel, pop culture, and writing about anything and everything.

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So happy for Sofía! That's really awesome!!!

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