Akshay Kumar Ranks Fourth on Forbes List of Highest Paid Actors
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Akshay Kumar Ranks Fourth on Forbes List of Highest Paid Actors

Akshay Kumar is also the only Indian to make it to Forbes recent list of World’s 100 Highest Paid Celebrities

One of Bollywood’s top stars, Akshay Kumar has just been ranked fourth in the Forbes global list of top 10 Highest Paid Actors 2019, with earnings of $65 million for the time period between 1st June 2018 and 1st June 2019. Hollywood star Dwayne ‘Rock’ Johnson has claimed the top spot with his earnings of $89.4 million, followed by Chris Hemsworth with $76.4 million, on second spot, and Robert Downey Jr,  with $66 million, on the third spot. This reveals that Akshay Kumar currently earns more than several big Hollywood stars such as Jackie Chan ($58 million), Bradley Cooper and Adam Sandler (both at $57 million), Chris Evans ($43.5 million), Paul Rudd ($41 million) and Will Smith ($35 million). 

Forbes has described the Bollywood actor as follows. “Bollywood's top-earning star, Kumar pulls in at least $5 million and up to $10 million per film. He also mints millions for endorsement deals with over 20 brand." Akshay has achieved this position despite the fact that Marvel film, Avengers: Endgame, was released during the same time period and became the highest-grossing movie of all time, earning $2.796 billion at the box office. The 51-year old actor appeared in some of the highest grossing films in 2018, including  Rajinikanth's sci-fi film 2.0 and sports drama Gold. This year he has been enjoying similar success with hit films like Kesari and the recently released Mission Mangal, which crossed the 100-crore mark within five days of its release and is still doing strong business at the box office. The National Award-winning actor was also placed on Forbes list of World's 100 Highest Paid Celebrities, and was the only Indian on the list. Previously, Salman Khan was included in this list in 2018 and Shah Rukh Khan made it to the list in 2017.

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By Ayesha Hoda
Ayesha Hoda is a senior communications professional and writer, currently based in Dubai, UAE.