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Akshay Kumar & Salman Khan Amongst Forbes World’s Highest-Paid Entertainers’ List

| Published on July 18, 2018

Bollywood legends Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan have successfully secured a place in Forbes ‘World’s 100 highest-paid entertainers’ 2018 list. This is the 2nd successive year that both of these have made to the list whereas Shah Rukh Khan has been dropped out of this year’s list.

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Akshay is ranked 76th on the 2018 list with earnings of Rs 270 crore ($40.5 million) , whereas Salman Khan is on the 82nd spot with Rs 251 crore ($37.7 million) as earnings.

Earnings from June 1, 2017, till June 1, 2018, have been counted for this list. The numbers taken into consideration have been shared by Nielsen, Pollstar, IMDB, SoundScan, NPD BookScan and ComScore.

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According to Forbes, Akshay is one of Bollywood’s leading actors, “who has transitioned to socially-conscious roles, such as ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha,’ 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.”


Forbes describes Salman Khan as Bollywood’s “mainstay” who “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.”


Mayweather with earnings of $285 million has topped the list and George Clooney ranks second. Kylie Jenner is ranked third and football star Cristiano Ronaldo, pop star Katy Perry, tennis icon Roger Federer and singer Beyonce also finding a place in the list.

“The world’s 100 top-earning entertainers pulled in a combined $6.3 billion pretax over the past 12 months, up 22 percent from last year; 11 superstars crossed the $100 million threshold, more than double the number from the last two years combined.,” Forbes wrote.

Below Here are the world’s 10 highest paid celebrities and their earnings last year:

1. Floyd Mayweather: $285 million

2. George Clooney: $239 million

3. Kylie Jenner: $166.5 million

4. Judy Sheindlin: $147 million

5. Dwayne Johnson: $124 million

6. U2: $118 million

7. Coldplay: $115.5 million

8. Lionel Messi: $111 million

9. Ed Sheeran: $110 million

10. Cristiano Ronaldo: $108 million

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