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Salman Khan tops list of Forbes India Highest Earning Celebrity

Salman Khan tops list of Forbes India Highest Earning Celebrity

While the first and second position on the Forbes India Celebrity 100 List is taken by Salman and Shah Rukh, Virat has secured the third position on the much talked about list. Khan has unseated his actor-friend Shah Rukh Khan to become the top earning celebrity of 2016. Shah Rukh's total earnings for the year as quoted by the magazine is Rs 170.50 crore and Virat grabs the third position in the list with Rs 100.72 crore in his kitty. The Bajrangi Bhaijaan actor earned Rs 232.83 crore this year, as he's still a favourite face of several consumer-facing brands. Moreover, he has close to 20 brands to his name for his endorsements.

Just on the day when Tiger Zinda Hai hit the theatres, Salman Khan emerges as the Sultan of Indian celebrities.

"Dangal" star Aamir Khan had to be satisfied at 6th position with the income of Rs 68.75 crore whereas the former Indian skipper MS Dhoni dropped from his last year's position to number eight.

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Among the top 10 in the Forbes list, there are only three cricketers along with 8 actors. However, their cumulative earnings has declined by nearly 20 percent, down to Rs 504.05 crore compared to last year's total of Rs 626.52 crore. The top 10 celebrities includes only one woman: Priyanka Chopra - a global icon. The number of Bollywood actors is down from 35 to 33, reducing their cumulative earnings by 13 percent from the previous year.

Another celebrity that retained his position is Akshay Kumar, who minted Rs 98.25 crore. Both the films together grossed Rs 239 crore. Even though all the top three retained to their ranks, their cumulative income declined by nearly 20 percent, down to Rs 504.05 crore compared to last year's total of Rs 626.52 crore. Kohli has different sources of incomes. Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (Rs 34.67 crore) is the fourth-highest-earning cricketer, followed by Ravindra Jadeja, who stands fifth.


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