In the latest release from Forbes, Salman Khan has become the highest earning Bollywood star while Shah Rukh Khan has dropped off from the Top 10 list. There is one more curious twist to the list: Deepika Padukone, the highest earning female actress, is far ahead in earning than husband Ranveer Singh.
The actor's income was pegged at Rs 253.25 crore. Salman, 52, cemented his place in the top spot thanks to the commercial success of his movies Tiger Zinda Hai and Race 3. His earnings were backed by endorsements of several consumer-facing brands, and constitute 8.06% of the total -- Rs 3,140.25 crore -- of the top 100 celebrities for the year, read a statement from Forbes.
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli jumped one spot to the second rank, with total earnings of Rs 228.09 crore, a sharp increase of 116.53 per cent from the previous year. Actor Akshay Kumar completed the top three, with Rs 185 crore in earnings in the period under consideration for the list, reported Hindustan Times.
With no movie releases in 2017, Shah Rukh Khan, who was at the second spot on the 2017 Forbes India Celebrity list, fell out of the top 10. His earnings were down 33 per cent this year, at Rs 56 crore from endorsements, placing him at rank 13 on the list.
Newly-wed actor Deepika Padukone broke into the top five on the Forbes India Celebrity 100 list -- the first woman celebrity to find a place in the top five -- with earnings of Rs 112.8 crore, placing her firmly at rank 4, thanks to the commercial success of Padmaavat, and her brand endorsements, HT concluded.