Bollywood actors Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan are the only Indian actors, who figured in in Forbes top 10 richest actors in the world. They have made to the seventh and ninth spot respectively. The list is topped by George Clooney and together, the world’s 10 highest-paid actors tallied a combined $748.5 million between June 1, 2017, and June 1, 2018, before fees and taxes.
According to Forbes’ list of world’s highest paid actors 2018, while Akshay earned $40.5 million, Salman Khan earned $38.5 million. The list mentioned Akshay as “one of Bollywood’s leading men” who 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.”
For Salman, Forbes mentioned, “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.”
The list this year was topped by George Clooney, largely due to success of his business ventures. Dwayne Johnson’s paycheck came from his cinematic ventures such as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Other than Chinese actor Jackie Chan, Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans dominated the highest-paid actors’ list.