Bollywood actors Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan among top 100 highest paid entertainers
Topped by former professional boxer Floyd Mayweather, the Forbes’ World’s Highest Paid Celebrities 2018 list features two Bollywood celebrities - Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan. Akshay is ranked 76th, while Salman is placed on 82 in the list, which includes athletes, musicians, personalities, actors and comedians.
The business magazine has described Akshay has as one of Bollywood's leading men who ‘has transitioned to socially-conscious roles, such as Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Pad Man. As for Salman, he has been called Bollywood's ‘mainstay’ who continues to produce and star in hits such as Tiger Zinda Hai. 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 thresholds, more than double the number from the last two years combined.
Surprisingly, however, Shah Rukh Khan hasn’t been featured in the list, who was ranked 65 on the list last year with earnings of $38 million. Among the other highest-paid entertainers are actor George Clooney (2), reality TV star Kylie Jenner (3), soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo (10), pop star Katy Perry (19), sports icon Roger Federer (23), singer Beyonce (35) and author J K Rowling (42).