Akshay beats Salman in highest paid celebs list
Bollywood superstars Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan have made it to Forbes Top 100 list of highest paid entertainers worldwide. While the Pad Man actor is ranked 76th on the list, the Race 3 actor is a few steps behind at the 82nd spot. Shah Rukh Khan, who has been a regular in this list and was ranked 65th highest paid entertainer in the 2017 list with earnings of $38 million, doesn’t feature this year.
Forbes says the world's 100 top-earning entertainers pulled in a combined $6.3 billion pretax over the past 12 months, up 22 per cent from last year.
11 superstars crossed the $100 million threshold, more than double the number from the last two years combined.
Forbes says about Akshay, 'one of Bollywood's leading men has transitioned to socially-conscious roles,' citing his films such as Toilet: Ek Prem Katha that focused on government campaigns to improve sanitation, and PadMan, about a man hoping to provide inexpensive sanitary pads to rural communities.
He also mints millions from profits and endorses about 20 brands.
Salman, 52, had earnings of $37.7 million.
Forbes says he remains one of India's top earners and the 'Bollywood mainstay' continues to produce and star in hits such as Tiger Zinda Hai cashing in on backend profits.
The list has been topped by American boxer Floyd Mayweather with earnings of 285 million dollars. Among the other highest-paid entertainers are actor George Clooney (second), reality TV star and businessperson Kylie Jenner (third), soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo (10), pop star Katy Perry (19), tennis icon Roger Federer (23), singer Beyonce (35), author J K Rowling (42) and golfer Tiger Woods (66).
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