Bollywood films may not be able to earn even a fraction of what Hollywood earns but our stars are regularly out-earning the Brad Pitts and George Clooneys of the world. If Shah Rukh Khan was earlier named richer than Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt by Wealth X’s list, it is now the turn of Forbes to annoint Bollywood stars as richest in the world.
Out of 34 actors who made to the richie rich list, five are from India. And they don’t make up the flanks of the list either. They are happily out-earning Hollywood dreamboats despite acting in films which are at times 30% of their total budget.
The Forbes annual Celebrity 100 rankings of the world’s highest-paid celebrities includes Salman Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Shah Rukh Khan and Ranbir Kapoor feature on the list. While Amitabh Bachchan and Salman Khan share the 7th rank with earnings of $33.5 million (Rs 213 crore) each, Akshay Kumar with $32.5 (Rs 207 crore) million is placed at 9th.
Shah Rukh Khan is ranked 18th on the list with $26 million (Rs 165 crore), Ranbir Kapoor follows next with $15million (Rs 95 crore) at 30th rank in the list of 35 actors. According to the report, the actors earned a combined Rs 895 crore. They were also the biggest group after the Americans.
Robert Downey Jr. ($80 Million), Jackie Chan ($50 Million), Vin Diesel ($47 Million), Bradley Cooper ($41.5 Million) and Adam Sandler ($41 Million) are the world’s five richest actors according to the list.
Does it mean acche din for Bollywood and Bollywood stars. Well, the jury is still out on that.