Shahrukh Khan, Akshay Kumar among Forbes 100 highest-paid celebs

Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar are among the hundred highest-paid celebrities of the world, as per the annual list by business magazine Forbes. The ‘Dilwale’ actor is listed at 86 with earnings of 33 million dollars, while ‘Khiladi’ Kumar, with an income of 31.5 million dollars, occupies the 94th position.  

Akshay’s rank has slipped this year. He was ranked 76 in 2015 Forbes list. Akshay is the one of those lead actors of Bollywood who has the maximum releases in a year.

According to the magazine, Ashay is one of the busiest leading men and banked top rupee for three hit films. "The action star bolsters his earnings endorsing a wider range of products than most Hollywood shills including motorcycles and gold loan company," it said.

Shah Rukh "continues to rule Bollywood's box office" with lead roles in hit films and also earns multimillion dollars upfront fees and a cut of the back end for his efforts. "He also cashes in on endorsement deals for dozens of brands most Americans have likely never heard of," Forbes said regarding the ‘Baadshah’ of Bollywood. Though King Khan could not break into the elite global club last year, he topped the Forbes India Celebrity 100 list, 2015.

American singer Taylor Swift with topped the 100 richest celebrities list with earnings of 170 million dollars, followed by English-Irish boy band One Direction with earnings of 110 million dollars.

The list also includes author James Patterson on the third spot followed by Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo at no. four, basketball player LeBron James at no. 11 and musician Madonna ranked 12.

The world's 100 highest-paid celebrities pulled in 5.1 billion dollars pre-tax during the June 2015-2016 scoring period, the magazine said. In order to form the Celebrity 100, Forbes evaluates front-of-the-camera talent across the entire entertainment world idols from Hollywood to Bollywood appear alongside Swedish soccer stars and American basketball players.