Shahrukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan and Amitabh Bachchan made it to the Forbes’ list of world’s top 20 highest-paid actors.
It’s raining money on Bollywood superstars and this can be judged by the fact that four Bollywood actors have made it to the Forbes list of the world top 20 highest-paid actors.
King Shahrukh Khan is at number 8 with an estimated earnings of $33 million followed by Akshay Kumar at number 10. As per Forbes, Khiladi Kumar earned $33 million last year. Akshay Kumar is followed by Salman Khan (number 14 with $28.5 million) and Amitabh Bachchan (number 18 with $20 million). The list has been topped by Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) which the earnings of around $64.5 million.
Forbes Magazine quoted as, “A quarter of this global list hail from outside the U.S. Aside from Chan, four Bollywood stars returned to the ranking for the second year in a row. Shah Rukh Khan ($33 million), the top-ranked Indian actor, banked as much as Downey Jr., while Akshay Kumar ($31.5 million) earned the same as Brad Pitt in our scoring period.”
SRK was missing in the last year list is back with a bang topping among the Indian actors. Forbes wrote about Shahrukh, “Khan continues to rule Bollywood’s box office with the lead role in hit Dilwale and many others, earning multimillion-dollar upfront fees and a cut of the back-end for his efforts. He also cashes in on endorsement deals for dozens of brands most Americans have likely never heard of.”
Akshay Kumar, who is going through a dream phase of his career with three back to back super hits earned $31.5 million. As per Forbes, “One of Bollywood’s busiest leading men, Kumar banked top rupee for three hit films in our scoring period. The action star bolsters his earnings endorsing a wider range of products than most Hollywood shills: Honda motorcycles, a dairy producer and a gold loan company, among others,”
Salman Khan, who was at number 8 last with $33.5 million earning has dropped to number 14 this year with $28.5 million earning. Forbes wrote, “One of Bollywood’s leading men, Khan makes top rupee from movies such as Bajrangi Bhaijaan and numerous endorsements. In May 2015 he was sentenced to five years in prison for a 2002 hit-and-run car incident which killed a homeless man; his sentence was suspended.”
Amitabh Bachchan dropped to number 18 this year compared to number 7 las year. His earnings witnessed great fall, from $33.5 million last year to $20 million this year. “Bollywood stalwart has starred in more than 150 movies in a career that spans five decades. The 73-year-old is busy as ever: he appeared in four films during our scoring period,” Forbes said.
List of World’s Highest Paid Actors Forbes 2016
- Dwayne Johnson: $64,500,000
- Jackie Chan: $61,000,000
- Matt Damon: $55,000,000
- Tom Cruise: $53,000,000
- Johnny Depp: $48,000,000
- Ben Affleck: $43,000,000
- Vin Diesel: $35,000,000
- Shah Rukh Khan: $33,000,000
- Robert Downey Jr: $33,000,000
- Akshay Kumar: $31,500,000
- Brad Pitt: $31,500,000
- Adam Sandler: $30,000,000
- Mark Wahlberg: $30,000,000
- Salman Khan: $28,500,000
- Leonardo Dicaprio: $27,000,000
- Chris Pratt: $26,000,000
- Will Smith: $20,500,000
- Amitabh Bachchan: $20,000,000
- Matthew McConaughey: $18,000,000
- Harrison Ford: $15,000,000
Deepika Padukone is the only Indian actress in the list of top 10 world’s highest paid actresses with the earnings of $10 million.