NEW YORK: Bollywood superstars Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan have again booked their place among world’s 100 highest paid celebs with earnings $40.5 million and $37.7 million.
While Akshay (50) is ranked 76th in the Forbes' World's Highest-Paid Celebrities 2018 list, Salman (52) is ranked 76th. Shah Rukh Khan, a regular in the list, has failed to find place among the top.
The topper is former professional boxer Floyd Mayweather with earnings of $285 million. He is followed by actor George Clooney and reality TV star and businessperson Kylie Jenner. Football star Cristiano Ronaldo, pop star Katy Perry, tennis icon Roger Federer and singer Beyonce also finding a place in the list.
Akshay and Salman are the only two Indians in the list, which was unveiled on Monday. The list includes athletes, musicians, personalities, actors and comedians.
According to Forbes, the world's 100 top-earning entertainers pulled in a combined USD 6.3 billion pre-tax over the past 12 months, up 22 per cent from last year and 11 superstars crossed the $100 million threshold, more than double the number from the last two years combined.
The Celebrity 100 list ranks stars around the globe using their pre-tax earnings from June 1, 2017 before deducting fees for managers, lawyers and agents. Estimates are based on numbers from Nielsen, Pollstar, IMDB, SoundScan, NPD BookScan and ComScore, as well as interviews with industry experts and many of the stars themselves.
According to ForbesIndia.com, Akshay has been described as one of Bollywood's leading men who "has transitioned to socially-conscious roles, such as 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha", a comedy supporting government campaigns to improve sanitation, and 'Pad Man' 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," the description read.
As for Salman, he has been called 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."
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