Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar is the only Indian to feature on Forbes 2020 list of World’s 100 Highest-Paid Celebrities, and in an interesting coincidence, his rank is the same as his age, 52. Kylie Jenner and Kanye West topped the list, but sports stars, including Roger Federer and Lionel Messi, dominated the top 10.
Akshay Kumar once again features in the Forbes 100 highest paid celebs list this year, with an estimated earning of $48.5 million. The actor featured on the list last year, too.
Forbes describes Akshay as “Bollywood’s top-earning star” and “one of India’s most philanthropic celebrities”. Akshay stands at rank 52 above Hollywood stars like Will Smith (at number 69) and Angeline Jolie (99).
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Talking about Akshay Kumar, Forbes further wrote: “A bankable movie star, he commands up to $13 million upfront for films like the upcoming ‘Bachchan Pandey’ and ‘Bell Bottom’.”
“I just wanted to earn around 1 crore rupees, that’s it. But I’m a human being, and when I made my first, I thought, why can’t I make 100 crores. To be honest there was no stopping me,” shared Akshay Kumar.
Forbes listing puts Akshay’s collaboration with the streaming giant Amazon Prime Video for the actor’s digital debut series “The End” as one of the reasons for him being in the list of highest paid celebrities this year.
Akshay bested Hollywood celebs such as Will Smith (ranked 69 with earnings of $44.5 million) and Angeline Jolie (ranked 99th with $35.5 million earnings). He is also ahead of pop stars such as Rihanna (60), Katy Perry (86), Lady Gaga (87) and Jennifer Lopez (56).
The superstar delivered four back-to-back hit films last year — Kesari, Mission Mangal, Housefull 4 and Good Newwz. Akshay’s forthcoming movies include Laxmmi Bomb, Sooryavanshi, Prithviraj and Atrangi Re.
Forbes said the Celebrity Top 100 earned a combined $6.1 billion before taxes and fees, a $200 million drop from 2019, after the coronavirus pandemic shuttered stadiums and sports arenas.
Tennis champion Federer took third place with an estimated $106.3 million, mostly from endorsement deals with the likes of Japanese clothing company Uniqlo and watch maker Rolex. He was followed by soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi.
Forbes compiled the list by estimating pre-tax earnings from June 2019-June 2020, before deducting fees for managers, based on data from Nielsen, touring trade publication Pollstar, movie database IMDB, as well as interviews with industry experts and many of the celebrities themselves.
In the Forbes 2020 list of 100 highest paid celebs, the top 10 personalities and their earnings respectively are:
1. Kylie Jenner, model ($590 million)
2. Kanye West, rapper ($170m)
3. Roger Federer, tennis player ($106.3m)
4. Cristiano Ronaldo, footballer ($105m)
5. Lionel Messi, footballer ($104m)
6. Tyler Perry, actor-comedian ($97m)
7. Neymar, footballer ($95.5m)
8. Howard Stern, radio personality ($90m)
9. LeBron James, basketball player ($88.2m)
10. Dwayne Johnson, actor ($87.5m)