Big B, Salman earn more than Hollywood A-listers Leonardo DiCaprio and Channing Tatum: Forbes


Bollywood superstars Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni are among the 100 highest-paid celebrities of the world, according to the Forbes' 2015 list of 'Celebrity 100: The World's Top-Paid Entertainers 2015'.

Big B and Salman with earnings of 33.5 million dollars each are tied at the 71st rank, while Akshay follows at 76th position with 32.5 million dollars. The Indian cricket captain earning 31 million dollars is ranked at 82.

However, another big superstar Shah Rukh Khan could not break into the elite global club and neither any woman celebrity from the country found mention on the highest earners’ list of the American magazine.

Forbes, which has been releasing 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 are simply ranking the world's 100 highest-paid celebrities, regardless of nationality,” it said.

According to the business magazine, Bollywood stalwarts Amitabh Bachchan and Salman have left behind Hollywood A-listers Leonardo DiCaprio and Channing Tatum, whose earnings were 29 million dollars each.

Megastar Bachchan has bolstered his earnings as the longstanding host ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’, the Indian version of ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Forbes observed. As for Salman, it noted that his clothing line ‘Being Human’ earned revenue of 30 million dollar last year, with proceedings going to his NGO. Besides, Salman hosted the popular reality show ‘Bigg Boss’ and his endorsement for several brands make him one of the top earners.

On Akshay, Forbes said he was one of the busiest leading men of the Indian film industry, who comes out with an average of four movies annually, and added the ‘Khiladi’ earned hefty sum for his roles in 2014 movies such as ‘Holiday’ and ‘Entertainment’.

Dhoni who retired from Test cricket late last year continues to captain the Indian team at the ODIs and T20 levels. He is co-producing ‘M S Dhoni: The Untold Story,’ an upcoming biopic that has been facing troubles, but it has already earned the cricketer some 3 million dollars, according to Forbes.

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