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Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan among world’ 10 highest paid actors, Shah Rukh fails to make it

Forbes’ list of world’s highest paid actors in 2018 places Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan in top 10 with Shah Rukh Khan failing to find a spot.

bollywood Updated: Aug 25, 2018 23:30 IST
Akshay Kumar is highest paid Indian actor, according to Forbes, with Salman Khan following close on his heels.
Akshay Kumar is highest paid Indian actor, according to Forbes, with Salman Khan following close on his heels.

Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan have made it to the Forbes’ list of World’s Highest-Paid Actors 2018, which was topped by George Clooney. Akshay and Salman made it to spot seven and nine while Shah Rukh Khan, who has been a permanent fixture on the list, failed to make it this year. The world’s 10 highest-paid actors tallied a combined $748.5 million between June 1, 2017, and June 1, 2018, before fees and taxes.

According to the list, while Akshay earned $40.5 million, Salman Khan earned $38.5 million. On a related note, Akshay and Salman made it to Forbes’ list of top 100 highest-paid entertainers 2018, which was announced last month. While Akshay was ranked 76th on the list, the Bharat star secured the 82nd spot. Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan, who have made to the list in the past, have fallen off this time.


The list mentioned Akshay as “one of Bollywood’s leading men” who has “transitioned to socially-conscious roles, such as Toilet, a comedy supporting government campaigns to improve sanitation, and Padman, about a guy hoping to provide inexpensive sanitary pads to rural communities. He still mints millions from backend profits and endorsing some 20 brands, including Tata and Eveready.”


For Salman, Forbes wrote, “This Bollywood mainstay continues to produce and star in hits such as Tiger Zinda Hai, cashing in on backend profits. Coupled with a slew of endorsements from Suzuki motorcycles to Chlormint gum, he remains one of India’s top earners.”

The list this year was topped by George Clooney, largely due to success of his business ventures. Dwayne Johnson’s paycheck came from his cinematic ventures such as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Other than Chinese actor Jackie Chan, Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans dominated the highest-paid actors’ list.

The cumulative salaries of top-earning female actors were $186 million in the same scoring period, or just one quarter of the men’s paychecks. No Indian female actor made it to Forbes list this year.

Forbes’ list of the world’s best-paid male actors 2018

George Clooney: $239m

Dwayne Johnson: $124m

Robert Downey Jr: $81m

Chris Hemsworth: $64.5m

Jackie Chan: $45.5m

Will Smith: $42m

Akshay Kumar: $40.5m

Adam Sandler: $39.5m

Salman Khan: $38.5m

Chris Evans: $34m

First Published: Aug 23, 2018 10:16 IST

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