Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan among world’s 100 highest-paid entertainers: Forbes

Bollywood actors Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan are among the world’s 100 highest-paid entertainers, according to a Forbes list released on Tuesday.

Akshay is ranked 76th on the Forbes list of the World’s Highest Paid Celebrities 2018 while Salman is on the 82nd position.

Popular superstar Shah Rukh Khan who was ranked 65th in the Forbes 2017 list has dropped out of this year’s Forbes list.

Forbes said the world’s 100 top-earning entertainers pulled in a combined USD 6.3 billion pretax over the past 12 months, up 22 percent from last year and 11 superstars crossed the USD 100 million threshold, more than double the number from the last two years combined.

The procedure of the listing for ‘Forbes Celebrity 100’ ranks the global celebrities using their pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, till June 1, 2018, before accounting for manager fees, lawyers, and agents.

The figures that were taken into consideration have been shared by Nielsen, Pollstar, IMDB, SoundScan, NPD BookScan and ComScore, including interviews with industry experts and many of the stars themselves.

Akshay had earnings of 40.5 million dollars. Describing Akshay, Forbes said “one of Bollywood’s leading men has transitioned to socially-conscious roles,” citing his films such as Toilet: Ek Prem Katha that focused on government campaigns to improve sanitation, and Padman which revolves around a man hoping to provide inexpensive sanitary pads to rural communities. He also mints millions from profits and endorsing about 20 brands, including Tata and Eveready

Salman, 52, had earnings of USD 37.7 million. Forbes said he remains one of India’s top earners and the “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 has been topped by Mayweather with earnings of 285 million dollars. Among the other highest-paid entertainers are actor George Clooney (second), reality TV star and businessperson Kylie Jenner (third), soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo (10), pop star Katy Perry (19), tennis icon Roger Federer (23), singer Beyonce (35), author J K Rowling (42) and golfer Tiger Woods (66).

Kylie Jenner, the owner of Kylie Cosmetics, is the youngest on the list. Later this year, she’ll likely take the title Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates once held: the world’s youngest ever self-made billionaire, Forbes noted.

The financial magazine estimates that Kylie’s worth is estimated at USD 900 million, making her not just the richest member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan but to become the youngest self-made billionaire ever.

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