Bollywood hunk Salman Khan has bagged the number one spot again to be the richest Indian celebrity, according to Forbes. The Dabaang actor has for the third consecutive time retained the number one spot on the richest celebrities 100 list. According to the publication, Khan is said to have earned Rs 253.25 crore through his films, TV appearances and brand endorsements between October 1, 2017, and September 30, 2018.
Shah Rukh Khan, who was at the second spot has climbed down to the 13th position, given the fact that there were no movie releases of his in 2017. His earnings were down 33 per cent this year, at Rs 56 crore from endorsements. With Zero to release soon, we hope King Khan soon retain his King place.
Cricketer Virat Kohli, however, is at number two position minting around Rs 228.09 crore. He is among the first sportsmen to climb to the top 10 list as earlier the Richie Rich list was mostly dominated by showbiz personalities. Kohli is followed by the Birdman Akshay Kumar at No 3 with an earning of Rs 185 crore.
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Recently married Deepika Padukone bagged the No 4 place with Rs 112.8 crore making the list as the highest-earning woman celebrity. The Padmaavat star has become the first woman to break into the top five positions since the inception of the list in 2012. Husband Ranveer Singh spots the no. 8 with Rs 84.67 crore.
Aamir Khan ranks sixth with Rs 97.5 crore, closely followed by his Thugs of Hindostan co-star Amitabh Bachchan at No 7 with Rs 96.17 as earnings.
Priyanka Chopra, however, lost her last year's seventh rank (Rs 68 crore) and settled for No 49 with Rs 18 crore as earnings in 2018.
Cricketers Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar have bagged the fifth (Rs 101.77 crore) and ninth (Rs 80 crore) positions which were followed by Ajay Devgn ranks tenth on the list with Rs 74.5 crore.
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Other women representation to make it to the top 100 are Alia Bhatt, Anushka Sharma, Katrina Kaif and shuttlers PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal.
The list also includes a mix of first-timers including DJ Nucleya, Malayalam star Mammootty, Telugu star Vijay Deverakonda and Telugu director Kortala Siva.
The cumulative earnings figure for 2018 amounted to Rs 3,140.25 crore, which is 17 per cent higher than last year's Rs 2,683 crore.
(With inputs from PTI)