Shah Rukh, Akshay in Forbe ‘HIGHEST PAID’ celebrities of 2016:
Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay are the two Indians to have made it to the ‘World’s 100 Highest-Paid Celebrities’ list, released by Forbes on Tuesday.
The annual celebrity 100 ranking includes global talent from across entertainment , media and sports, with over one-third of the celebrities from outside the US.
“Live entertainment continues to supercharge the earnings of the world’s top stars,”. Zack O’Malley Greenburg, Forbes‘s senior editor of media & entertainment, said in a statement. “From soccer games in Spain to concerts in China, fans are willing to shell out to see big names – and this is driving the celebrity economy to ever greater heights.”
Shah Rukh, 50, with earnings of $33 million (approximately Rs 221.6 crore) last year, is ranked No. 86 on the list. The Hindi film actor, producer and television personality features on the list on the back of his box office hit ‘Dilwale’, as well endorsement deals for dozens of brands.
Forbes said Shah Rukh Khan ‘continues to rule Bollywood’s box office’ with lead roles in hit films. Also earns multi-million dollars upfront fees and a cut of the back end for his efforts.
‘He also cashes in on endorsement deals for dozens of brands most Americans have likely never heard of,’ Forbes said.
Shah Rukh, Akshay in Forbes ‘HIGHEST PAID’ celebrities of 2016.:
Akshay Kumar, 48, with $31.5 million worth of earnings, is ranked at No. 94. The actor slipped in the ranks this year from 76th in 2015. Forbes said he was one of Bollywood’s busiest leading men and banked top rupee for three hit films.
Interestingly, Akshay shares the 94th spot on the list with Brad Pitt.
The global Celebrity 100 list ranks ‘front of the camera’ stars around the globe by their pretax earnings from June 1, 2015 through June 1, 2016. Offcourse before deducting fees for managers, lawyers and agents. Forbes figures are based on numbers from Nielsen, Pollstar, Box Office Mojo, Songkick, and IMDB, as well as interviews with industry insiders and many of the stars themselves.
American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift is the top ranking celebrity on the list, earning an estimated $170 million over the past year. One Direction takes the No. 2 spot, with earnings of $110 million, followed by author James Patterson (No. 3), with $95 million, and Dr. Phil McGraw and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who are tied for No. 4.
The world’s 100 highest-paid celebrities pulled in $5.1 billion pretax over the past 12 months, more than the GDP of Belize, Gambia and Bhutan combined.