Mumbai: Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar are on Forbes’ annual Top 10 highest paid actors list along with International stars such as George Clooney, Chris Hemsworth, Will Smith, Jackie Chan and Dwayne Johnson.
Akshay Kumar stood seventh with annual earning amounting to $40.5 million while Salman Khan ranked ninth taking home a sum of $38.5 million between 1 June 2017 and 1 June 2018.
Actor Shah Rukh Khan, who stood eighth in 2017 and 2016, dropped off the Top 10 list this year while Aamir Khan, like last year, was not mentioned at all.
Akshay had two releases this year – Padman and Gold. Both the films were declared hits minting a lot of money at the box office. While Padman earned a total amount of Rs 104.90 crore in the domestic market, Gold, which released on 15 August, is still enjoying a successful run at the theaters. It has pocketed Rs 71.30 crore in its kitty so far.
Salman Khan’s Race 3 also entered the 100-crore club with a collection of Rs 166.40 crore. Forbes describes Salman as, “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.”
For Akshay, the magazine writes, “One of Bollywood’s leading men 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.”
George Clooney, who hasn’t starred in a Hollywood movie since 2016 crime thriller Money Monster, sold the Casamigos tequila company he co-founded to British spirits company Diageo in June 2017. His on-and-off screen earnings eclipsed Dwayne The Rock Johnson, who came in at No.2 with an estimated $124 million thanks to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and other projects. Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. was third on the list, with an estimated $81 million, followed by Avengers: Infinity War actor Chris Hemsworth with $64.5 million.
The top 10 actors earned some $784 million collectively, according to Forbes, once again dwarfing the top 10 women who earned a cumulative $186 million in the same period. Scarlett Johansson topped the annual list released last week with $40.5 million in pre-tax earnings.
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