Mumbai:Bollywood superstar Salman Khan is the richest Indian celebrity, according to the 2018 Forbes India Celebrity 100 list, which he has topped for the third consecutive year. Shah Rukh Khan has fallen out of the top 10 list.The 2018 Forbes India Celebrity 100 List rankings are based on estimates of entertainment-related earnings of celebrities. The period under consideration is October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018.The actor’s earnings are 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 earnings — Rs 3,140.25 crore — of the top 100 celebrities for the year, read a statement from Forbes.Interestingly, on the second spot is not an actor but a cricketer. With Rs 228.09 crore earnings, it’s Virat Kohli. Akshay Kumar (Rs 185 crore) follows next.
Notably, Deepika Padukone has become the first woman to feature in the top 5 of this list ever since it was created in 2012. With Rs 112.8 crore earnings—courtesy Padmaavat and her many brand endorsements—she features at No. 4. At No. 5 in Mahendra Singh Dhoni with total earnings worth Rs 101.77 crore.The usual suspects—Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Ranveer Singh, Sachin Tendulkar and Ajay Devgn—follow next in the top 10 bracket. The two celebrities who have slipped majorly through the ranks this year are Shah Rukh Khan (to No. 13 from No. 2 last year) and Priyanka Chopra (to No. 49 from No. 7). Since Shah Rukh had no theatrical release between October 1, 2017, and September 30, 2018 (the period under review), his earnings (Rs 56 crore) came largely from his businesses and advertisements.
According to Forbes, the top 100 celebrities together earned Rs 3,140.25 crore this year, 17% percent more than last year’s Rs 2,683 crore. Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan hold the sixth and the seventh positions respectively.Ranveer Singh took eighth spot with his income having been recorded at Rs. 84.67 crore.Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and actor Ajay Devgn rounded off the top 10 list with ninth and tenth positions respectively.Cricket star Mahendra Singh Dhoni rounded up the top five with Rs 101.77 crore, followed by Aamir Khan (Rs 97.50 crore), Amitabh Bachchan (Rs 96.17 crore), Ranveer Singh (Rs 84.7 crore), Sachin Tendulkar (Rs 80.00 crore) and Ajay Devgn (Rs 74.50 crore) making it to the top 10. There is mixed representation from the prolific South Indian film industry. There are 17 celebrities from the South this year against 13 on the 2017 list. The number of Bollywood actors is down from 33 to 31, despite their cumulative earnings increasing by 12.89 percent from the previous year.
Brian Carvalho, Editor, Forbes India, said: “The Celebrity 100 is a definitive barometer of earnings of celebrities. Besides the earnings charts and cover stories on high-fliers like Sachin Tendulkar, Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone, we have also covered in the Celebrity 100 Special issue a whole new generation of celebrities — the unlikeliest of YouTube stars from the hinterland, a rapper from the Mumbai ghettos and an activist actor from Kerala taking on misogyny head-on in the testosterone driven Malayalam film industry.
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