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.