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Shah Rukh, Salman, Akshay among world's 100 highest-paid celebrities: Forbes

The world's 100 top-earning celebrities earned a cumulative $5.15 billion pretax between June 1, 2016 and June 1, 2017

Published: Jun 12, 2017

Starting out as a newswire journalist covering beats as diverse as business, politics, entertainment, crime, civic affairs, cricket and defence, I was keen to pursue a career in print or broadcast journalism. But the emerging world of multimedia storytelling promised a fascinating future, and I changed my focus to digital media more than a decade ago. Before Forbes India, I have worked for organisations such as ANI, Money Control, Arabian Business, Yahoo India and VFS Global. I hold master's degrees in Communication Studies (University of Pune, India) and Journalism (University of Westminster, London, UK).

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Three Bollywood film stars have made it to the latest 'World's Highest-Paid Celebrities' list, released by Forbes on Monday.

Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan is the top-ranked Indian, at No 65. The 51-year-old actor earned $38 million (approximately Rs 245 crore) last year. The other two Hindi film actors on the list are Salman Khan (Rank 71; $37 million) and Akshay Kumar (Rank 80; $35.5 million).

The Forbes global Celebrity 100 list ranks "front of the camera" stars around the globe using their pretax earnings from June 1, 2016 through June 1, 2017, before deducting fees for managers, lawyers and agents. Forbes’s figures are based on numbers from Nielsen, Pollstar and IMDB, as well as interviews with industry experts.

"Though the members of Forbes’ Celebrity 100 this year earned about the same as they did last year -- just over $5 billion in total -- the way they're earning is changing," says Zack O'Malley Greenburg, Forbes' senior editor of media & entertainment. "Streaming platforms from Spotify to Netflix are finally creating meaningful income for entertainers, something that seemed a distant dream only a few years ago."

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Musician Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs ($130 million), seizes the top spot on the list of world’s 100 highest-paid celebrities. Singer Beyoncé is in the No. 2 spot: her $105 million payday, resulting from her Formation World Tour and Lemonade release is the second-best haul of her career. Author J.K. Rowling ($95 mil) returns to the list at No. 3, followed by musician Drake ($94 million) at No. 4. Real Madrid’s football star Cristiano Ronaldo, earning $93 million, rounds out the top five.

66 percent of Forbes’s Celebrity 100 hail from the United States, 20 percent from Europe, 12 percent from Canada and 5 percent from Asia.

Click here to view the full Celebrity 100 2017 list

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