Bollywood superstar Salman Khan is the richest Indian celebrity, according to the 2018 Forbes India Celebrity 100 list. Salman, known or his roles in films like ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun?’, ‘Dabangg’, ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’, ‘Kyun Ki’ and ‘Race 3’ among others has topped the list for the third consecutive year.
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, read a statement from Forbes.
Actor Akshay Kumar completed the top three, with Rs 185 crore. 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 percent this year, at Rs 56 crore from endorsements, placing him at rank 13 on the list.
Newly-wed actress Deepika Padukone broke into the top five on the Forbes India Celebrity 100 list — the first woman celebrity to find 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.
‘Daangal’ star Aamir Khan is at No 6 with Rs 97.50 crore earnings followed by Amitabh Bachchan (Rs 96.17 crore), Ranveer Singh (Rs 84.7 crore) and Ajay Devgn (Rs 74.50 crore) making it to the top 10.
Well-known Punjabi singer and actor Diljit Dosanjh is at No 45 on the list with Rs 18.5 crore earnings.
Meanwhile, Diljit Dosanjh has started the shooting for the upcoming Bollywood film ‘Good News’ along with Kiara Advani. Set to release in 2019, the film also features Akshay Kumar in important role.