WEBDESK (Dunya News) – Over the years, Bollywood celebrities have proven the mettle of their well-honed skills in terms of channeling amazing acting, action and romance on screen.
In the race to cash in their skills in the industry, they won lucrative businesses devoting the journeys of their lives to establishing their dream worlds. During this time, they found themselves on the prestigious Forbes list of the highest paid actors in the world.
According to information shared by Indian media, in 2017, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar ranked 8th, 9th and 10th respectively. Meanwhile, actor Akshay Kumar has climbed to the sixth position in 2020 with a whopping $48.5 million in annual earnings, beating Hollywood giants like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Will Smith and Jackie Chan.
Let’s take a look at the 10 richest male stars in Bollywood:
The well-known king of Bollywood industry – Shah Rukh Khan (SRK) is charging around $13 million for his upcoming movie Pathan, produced by Yash Raj Films. With over 108 movie titles under his name, the 55-year-old actor has pocketed an approximate net worth of US$750 million.
According to details, his production company Red Chillies Entertainment has churned out a number of box office hits since 2003. He is also co-owner of Indian Premier League cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders along with fellow actor Juhi Chawla, and boasts lucrative brand deals with Hyundai, LG, Dubai Tourism, Ambani’s Reliance Jio and Tata Group’s BigBasket.
The Big B of Indian Film Industry – Amitabh Bachchan started his career in the 70s and since then he has produced various industry hits and starred in many blockbuster movies including recent hits like Piku (2015), Pink (2016) and Thugs of Hindustan (2018). The veteran actor also appeared in Hollywood film, including,
The Great Gatsby Movies (2013).
Besides that, the 79-year-old actor also has a variety of businesses. In 2013, he bought a 10% stake in Just Dial and has a 3.4% stake in cloud computing company Stampede Capital.
According to Makaan’s shared sources, he also owns five luxurious bungalows and two apartments in the Juhu area of Mumbai, India, as well as farmland worth $1.5 million.
Salman Khan – $260 million
With films like Wanted (2009) and Dabangg (2010), the Bhai of the Bollywood industry – Salman Khan rebranded himself from a romantic comedy actor to an action star. According to details shared by Celebrity Net Worth, Khan earned an impressive US$40 million between 2017 and 2018.
The star also has his own production company called Salman Khan Films with a reported operating profit of around $400 million. The 55-year-old actor has even appeared as a TV host for 10 Ka Dum and Bigg Boss and has served as a brand ambassador for Pepsi, Suzuki and Emami Healthy.
Akshay Kumar – $250 million
The Forbes list of the highest paid celebrities in the world in 2020 has named Bollywood action maestro Akhshay Kumar. Last year, he even made headlines when he billed $15 million for Aanand L. Rai’s next film, making him the highest paid actor in India right now.
However, Forbes clarified that most of his money actually came from everything from multivitamins to toilet cleaners. Not too shabby, since Kumar is one of the few Indian actors to own a private jet.
Kamal Haasan – $100 million
For a decade now, the Tamil superstar has been acting and producing blockbuster movies including Biwi No 1, Chachi 420, Hey Ram, Mumbai Xpress and Ramji Londonwaley.
In 2017, he was roped in to host Bigg Boss Tamil (currently in its fourth season), where the first season became the most-watched show in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Haasan was reportedly paid $2 million for the gig.
Shahid Kapoor – $70 million
After winning millions of hearts with his hit film Kabir Singh in 2019, Shahid Kapoor has increased his salary to $4.6 million per film, according to GQ India. The 40-year-old actor also owns two luxurious homes in Andheri and Juhu area, where the latter is worth more than $4 million.
With over 32 million followers at the time of writing (Shah Rukh Khan has 26 million, by comparison), Kapoor also makes a lot of money through social media promotions for brands like Brut watches, Reebok and Tommy Hilfiger. In addition to this, in 2016 he launched his own fashion line called Skult which is now available in many popular e-commerce stores in India.
Hrithik Roshan – $43-48 million.
Apart from his intense picky selection on Bollywood projects, Hrithik Roshan is on the list of richest Bollywood celebrities. From acting roles to endorsement, Roshan is also earning a lot of money from his clothing line called HRX worth US$26 million, reports the Economic Times of India.
According to reports shared by Hindustan Times, he was paid a whopping sum of US$10 million for his role as Ram in Nitesh Tiwari’s upcoming Ramayana opposite Ranbir Kapoor for US$800,000 for a day’s endorsement. From Asian Paints, Pepsi and Panasonic to Renault and Flipkart, he is said to endorse at least 10 brands at any given time.
Moreover, the 39-year-old also spends a lot of money on sneakers, expensive watches (Tag Heuer Grand Prix) and supercars (Audi A8 and Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG).
Saif Ali Khan – $40 million
Saif Ali Khan, who is the son of former Indian cricket captain Tiger Pataudi, is often seen at his ancestral home, Pataudi Estate, which is worth over $100 million according to GQ India.
Although he comes from a royal line, Khan, 51, also owns two production houses named Illuminati Films and Black Knight Films, which have been behind the production of huge hits such as Love Aaj Kal (2009) and Cocktail (2012).
Besides that, he also has a line of Indian formal wear and a furniture collection in partnership with Myntra called House of Pataudi. Additionally, the actor often appears in his wife Kareena Kapoor’s sponsored posts, where the “royal couple” can be seen endorsing products like baby wipes and electronics.
From acting roles to endorsement, Roshan is also earning a lot of money from his clothing line called HRX worth US$26 million, reports the Economic Times of India.