MUMBAI (Web Desk) – Bollywood superstars Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar feature in the top 10 highest-paid actors in the world list, earning more than Hollywood legends Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Johnny Depp.
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The list of 34 global actors, which has been compiled by Forbes magazine, also includes superstar Shah Rukh Khan and Ranbir Kapoor, Indian media reported.
72-year-old Bachchan and 49-year-old Khan were tied at No. 7 with $33.5 million each. Kumar, 47, came in at No. 9 with $32.5 million.
“Iron Man” star Robert Downey Jr. was named the world’s top-earning actor. Downey, 50, earned an estimated $80 million between June 2014 and June 2015, spurred by the success of this year’s superhero ensemble “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which grossed more than $1.3 billion worldwide.
Second-place honours went to veteran Chinese actor and martial arts star Jackie Chan, 61, who Forbes said had earned $50 million in the past year from Hollywood and China co-productions such as “Dragon Blade” as well as merchandise.
Chan came in ahead of Hollywood stars Vin Diesel, who grabbed third place with $47 million mainly due to his stake in the “Fast and Furious” franchise, as well as Bradley Cooper, Adam Sandler and Tom Cruise.
Sandler, 48, whose most recent big budget film “Pixels” performed poorly in the global box office, still earned $41 million over the past year, in part due to his production deals with Sony studios and Netflix.
Forbes collates its earnings lists using figures from sources such as Nielsen, Box Office Mojo and IMDB, and calculates earnings by deducting estimated taxes and management fees. It will publish a list on the world’s highest-paid actresses at a later date.