Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar make it to the top ten while SRK and Ranbir Kapoor feature further down

Forbes' highest paid actors list 2015: Three Bollywood stars in the top ten actors

India News Bulletin Desk

Three influential Bollywood names – Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar – make it to in the list of top ten world's highest paid actors in 2015. The Bollywood stars, ranking 7th, 8th and 9th in the Forbes list respectively beat Hollywood stalwart Mark Wahlberg at 10th position.

Amitabh Bachchan leads the Bollywood pack in becoming the 7th highest paid actors of 2015 in Forbes global list

The three Indian stars – all newcomers to the list this year - also beat British actor Daniel Craig (number 15) – the only British actor to feature in the long list of high earners from the film fraternity.

Salman Khan is 8th in Forbes highest paid actors list for 2015 beating SRK

Surprisingly, big names including Brad Pitt, George Clooney or Tom Hanks or Bollywood's Shah Rukh Khan or Aamir Khan did not make it in the top ten. But Superstars Shah Rukh Khan (18th) and Ranbir Kapoor (30th) appeared further down in the list of 34 global actors.

Akshay Kumar is 9th in the Forbes highest paid actors for 2015 list

According to Forbes, Indian stars' contingent was the largest, behind only US. The five Bollywood stars together had earnings of $140m (£90m). Bachchan and Salman Khan had a similar earning of around $33.5m beating US household names such as Ben Affleck. Akshay Kumar, at number 9 had earnings only slightly lower at $32.5m in annual earnings. According to Forbes this was higher than Hollywood stars George Clooney and Brad Pitt's combined earnings.

Calling Shah Rukh as “India’s Leonardo DiCaprio”, Forbes ranked him 18th on the list with earnings of $26m. Ranbir Kapoor, meanwhile was 30th on the list with earnings of $15m.

The top three highest paid actors in Forbes' 2015 list were Robert Downey Jr, Jackie Chan, and Vin Diesel together netting almost $180m.

Top 10 highest-paid actors in the world in Forbes 2015 List:

  1. Robert Downey Jr - $80m
  2. Jackie Chan - $50m
  3. Vin Diesel - $47m
  4. Bradley Cooper - $41.5m
  5. Adam Sandler - $41m
  6. Tom Cruise - $40m
  7. Amitabh Bachchan - $33.5m
  8. Salman Khan - $33.5m
  9. Akshay Kumar - $32.5m
  10. Mark Wahlberg - $32m



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