Bollywood stalwarts Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni are among the world’s 100 highest-paid celebrities, according to the Forbes’ annual list which is topped by American boxer Floyd Mayweather. The Forbes 2015 list of Celebrity 100: The World’s Top-Paid Entertainers 2015 has been topped by Mr Mayweather with earnings of $ 300 million.
Breaking into the elite global club, Mr Bachchan and Salman tied for the 71st rank with earnings of $ 33.5 million each. Coming in at the 76th spot is Akshay Kumar with earnings of $ 32.5 million. MS Dhoni is ranked 82nd with earnings of $ 31 million dollars.
Notably one of India’s biggest stars Shah Rukh Khan and no woman celebrity from India made it to the list.
Forbes, which releases the Celeb 100 list every year since 1999, said given the profound changes in the entertainment world, it changed its methodology and for the first time, made the list “truly international”.
“Instead of using US-centric power metrics, we’re simply ranking the world’s 100 highest-paid celebrities, regardless of nationality. The result is a more accurate reflection of the current entertainment landscape, a 21st century reality where Bollywood’s biggest stars (Salman Khan and Amitabh Bachchan, $ 33.5 million apiece) earn more than some Hollywood A-listers (Leonardo DiCaprio and Channing Tatum, $ 29 million apiece),” Forbes said.
On Mr Bachchan, Forbes said the “Bollywood stalwart” has starred in more than 150 movies in his 50-year career. Forbes noted that Big B bolsters his earnings as the longstanding host of India’s version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? (Kaun Banega Crorepati), which aired its eighth season in 2014.
Forbes said Salman is “one of India’s biggest stars” and has appeared in some 80 movies. His ‘Being Human’ clothing line clocked $ 30 million in 2014 revenue, with proceeds going to his foundation.
Forbes said Akshay is one of Bollywood’s busiest leading men, filming an average of four movies a year. He earns top rupee for roles in 2014 movies such as Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty and Entertainment.