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June 19, 2017,   9:30 AM

The Bollywood Aces Among The World’s Top Earning Celebrities

Amro Elserty


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Hundreds of millions of dollars are annually spent on movie production in Bollywood. The breathtaking businesses are almost matching the size of what Hollywood produces.

The growing stature of the Bollywood production has crossed the Indian and Asian borders to reach global popularity, with Indian stars becoming among the world’s highest-earning celebrities, as three top Bollywood guns made it to the Forbes list of the world’s top 100 earning entertainers:

Shah Rukh Khan

Earnings in 2017: $38 Million

Global rank: #68

India’s flagship ambassador and the country’s most important actor since the heyday of Amitabh Bachchan, King Khan continues to bank big from starring roles in Bollywood movies such as "Raees," for which he earns upfront fees and a cut of the back-end for his efforts.

The man known as SRK also cashes in on endorsement deals for dozens of brands most Americans have likely never heard of.

Salman Khan

Earnings in 2017: 37 Million

Global rank: #71

With more than 85 movies to his records, the man who made his way to stardom with his 1989 role in “Maine Pyar Kiya”. In 2016, he starred in “Sultan”, which became the second-highest grossing movie in Bollywood for the same year.

Akshay Kumar

Earnings in 2017: $35.5 Million

Global rank: #80

Akshay Kumar, a king of the Bollywood box office for over a quarter of a century, mints millions through both starring and ensemble roles.

He still keeps busy, starring in four movies in our scoring period. Kumar also pulls in seven figures hawking products from deodorant to Eveready batteries.

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