Bollywood Actors and superstars Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan and Akshay Kumar are among Forbes annual list of the highest earning entertainers in the world. The Forbes list of the World’s Highest Paid Celebrities of 2017 has been topped by American rapper and entrepreneur Sean Combs who is known by his more famous stage name ‘Diddy’, with earnings of 130 million dollars.
Salman khan is on the 71st on the list with $37 million in earnings, tied with English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. Forbes shared that Salman continues to produce and star in films which earn well at the box office.
Akshay Kumar is ranked 80th on the list with earnings of $35.5 million, tied with musician Bon Jovi. Forbes shared that Kumar, a king of the Bollywood box office for over a quarter of a century, mints millions through both starring and ensemble roles.
The forbes list of the World’s Highest Paid Celebrities of 2017 also includes American singer and icon Beyonce on the second spot with earnings of $105 million. Author J K Rowling, with $95 million, is at number three. R&B musician Drake is at the number four spot with $94 million. Football star Cristiano Ronaldo ($93 million) rounded out the top five.
Forbes shared that together, the world’s 100 highest paid celebrities banked a cumulative $5.15 billion during the June 2016 to June 2017 scoring period.
While there are 10 male actors on the ranking, not a single female movie star made the cut, Forbes shared that women comprise just 16 per cent of the world’s top earning celebrities, an imbalance that reflects the gender pay gap in entertainment and beyond.
The 16 women on this year’s list earned a cumulative $822.5 million.