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#Anomaly: How can Salman, Big B appear on Forbes list but no Shah Rukh?

Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar, as well as India cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni have made it to Forbes Magazine’s annual list of the world’s highest-paid celebrities.

The Big B and Salman come in at 71st place with earnings of just over £21 million whilst Akshay Kumar – arguably the hardest working actor in Bollywood with often-difficult-to-track film and TV projects on the go – was ranked 76th with just under £21 million.

Dhoni is ranked 82nd with £19.7 million.

Previously limited to celebs from the West, Forbes this year compiled the rankings regardless of nationality.

Whilst the Indian entrants’ earnings are quite remarkable in a country where many live on less than a dollar a day, their wealth pales in comparison to the world’s highest paid “celebrity” – boxer Floyd Mayweather who made more than £200 million on the back of his “fight of the century” with Manny Pacquiao who came in at second place with more than £110 million.

Whilst Forbes’ more “international” outlook was welcomed by many, its methodology was under question on Monday after Shah Rukh Khan – who is said to be the world’s second wealthiest actor, after Tom Cruise – did not feature on the list. 



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