Forbes India 15th Anniversary Special

Forbes Celebrity 100: Bachchan, Salman among highest-paid celebs

Actors jointly ranked 71st; Akshay Kumar and Dhoni are the only other Indians to feature on the elite list

Shruti Venkatesh
Published: Jun 30, 2015 06:38:36 AM IST
Updated: Jun 30, 2015 04:45:00 PM IST
Forbes Celebrity 100: Bachchan, Salman among highest-paid celebs

Four Indians – actors Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and cricketer MS Dhoni – feature in the Forbes Celebrity 100 rankings, an annual list of the world’s highest-paid celebrities. American professional boxer Floyd Mayweather tops the list with $300 million in earnings followed by Filipino rival Manny Pacquiao with $160 million. 

Bachchan, who featured in films like Bhootnath Returns (2014) and hosted the eighth season of Kaun Banega Crorepati, ranks 71st on the prestigious list with $33.5 million in earnings. Salman Khan, who hosted four seasons of the reality TV show, Bigg Boss, and has multiple brand endorsements like Thumbs-Up and Suzuki in his kitty, also ranks 71st on the list.

Akshay Kumar, who has starred in over 136 movies, bolstered his earnings by hosting shows like Dare 2 Dance and endorsing Honda motorcycles among other brands. He occupies the 76th slot with $32.5 million in earnings. 

India’s ODI and T20 captain MS Dhoni is the only Indian sportsman on the list. He ranks 82nd with $31 million against his name. As co-producer of MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, an upcoming biopic on him, he has already pocketed $3 million.

Musicians are ranked high on the global list, occupying 10 of the top 25 slots. On the cover is singer Katy Perry, who ranks third with $135 million. A majority of her earnings came from her Prismatic World Tour, where she grossed more than $2 million per city over the course of 126 shows--75 of them overseas--while pulling in an astounding $20 per head in merchandise sales. 

Perry is followed by One Direction (No 4), Garth Brooks (No 6), Taylor Swift (No 8), The Eagles (No 14), Calvin Harris (No 17), Justin Timberlake (No 19), Diddy (No 21), Fleetwood Mac (No 24) and Lady Gaga (No 25).

Chef Gordon Ramsay (No 21) with $60 million, author James Patterson (No 7) with $89 million and model Gisele Bündchen (No 46) with $44 million were sole representatives in their respective categories. 

Footballers Neymar (No 82) and James Rodriguez (No 89), both aged 23, are the youngest celebrities on the list, with $31 million and $29 million respectively. Musician Paul McCartney (No 35), aged 73, is the oldest with $51.5 million against his name. Maria Sharapova (No 88) is the only female athlete on the elite list with $29.5 million.

The Celebrity 100 list includes 38 musicians, 29 athletes, 19 actors, six personalities, three radio stars, two comedians, one chef, one model and one author.

There have been several changes in the methodology this year. For the first time, the list has moved beyond US celebrities and ranks the world’s 100 highest-paid celebrities, irrespective of their nationality. Another change is that the list includes only “front of camera” talent, eliminating producers who make most of their money behind the scenes. Also, the Celebrity 100 is now based entirely on earnings over the last year (earnings consisted of pretax income between June 1, 2014, and June 1, 2015; management, agent and attorney fees were not deducted).

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