This year’s Forbes world’s highest earning celebrity list which includes athletes, musicians, personalities, actors and comedians is out. According to Forbes the world’s 100 top-earning entertainers pulled in a combined $6.3 billion pre-tax over the past 12 months, up 22% from last year, in which 11 superstars crossed the $100 million threshold, more than double the number from the last two years combined.
Forbes’ World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities 2018 list is topped by former American boxer Floyd Mayweather and only two Indians have found their spots in this list. Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar who is ranked 76th and Salman Khan is ranked 82 in the list.
This rank list of world’s highest earned stars around the globe is based on their pre-tax earnings from June 1, 2017 through June 1, 2018, before deducting fees for managers, lawyers and agents. The estimates of their earnings are based on numbers from Nielsen, Pollstar, IMDB, SoundScan, NPD BookScan and ComScore, as well as interviews with industry experts and many of the stars themselves.
Forbes in their list described the 50-year-old Akshay Kumar, who earned $40.5 million this year, the magazine said, “One of Bollywood’s leading men 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.”
While, For the 50-year-old Salman, the magazine described as, “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.
Here’s the top 10 list of Forbes world’s highest earning celebrity:
Floyd Mayweather ($285 million)
George Clooney ($239 million)
Kylie Jenner ($166.5 million)
Judy Sheindlin ($147 million)
Dwayne Johnson ($124 million)
U2 ($118 million)
Coldplay ($115.5 million)
Lionel Messi ($111 million)
Ed Sheeran ($110 million)
Cristiano Ronaldo ($108 million)
However, Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, who used to appear regular on this list failed to find a place on 2018 list. Lat year, SRK was ranked 65th on the list, with an earnings of $38 million.