Forbes Highest Paid Celebrities List 2017: Shahrukh Khan tops from India

The Forbes list of world’s highest paid celebs is out. From Bollywood stars, Shahrukh Khan has topped the list once again while Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar has also made it into the top 100.

Shah Rukh Khan is leading the charge at the 65th position with $38 million in earnings this year. Salman Khan is at the 71st spot with $37 million earned last year while Akshay Kumar is at 80th position with $35.5 million.

Forbes calls Shah Rukh Khan, the highest paid Indian celeb in their global list at the 65th spot, the King Khan and says the actor managed to earn big “from starring roles in Bollywood movies such as Raees, for which he earns upfront fees and a cut of the back-end for his efforts. He also cashes in on endorsement deals for dozens of brands most Americans have likely never heard of.”

Next on the list is Salman Khan with the total earning of $37 million. The magazine says “Khan continues to produce and star in films, earning top rupee for flicks such as Sultan, which went on to become the second-highest grossing Bollywood movie of 2016. He remains one of India’s biggest stars, despite criminal controversies: In December 2015, the Mumbai High Court tossed out a conviction against Khan, who had been sentenced to five years in prison for a 2002 hit-and-run car incident which killed a homeless man.”

Akshay Kumar at the 80th spot has earned $35.5 million this year. Calling him “king of the Bollywood box office,” the magazine says he, “mints millions through both starring and ensemble roles. He still keeps busy, starring in four movies in our scoring period. Kumar also pulls in seven figures hawking products from deodorant to Eveready batteries.”

Here is the complete list of Forbes top 100 highest-paid celebrities 2017.

1. Diddy, $130 million (Musician, U.S.)

2. Beyoncé, $105 million (Musician, U.S.)

3. J.K. Rowling, $95 million (Author, U.K.)

4. Drake, $94 million (Musician, U.S.)

5. Cristiano Ronaldo, $93 million (Athlete, Portugal)

6. The Weeknd, $92 million (Musician, Canada)

7. Howard Stern, $90 million (Personality, U.S.)

8. Coldplay, $88 million (Musicians, U.K.)

9. James Patterson, $87 million (Author, U.S.)

10. LeBron James, $86 million (Athlete, U.S.)

11. Guns N’ Roses, $84 million (Musicians, U.S.)

11. Rush Limbaugh, $84 million (Personality, U.S.)

13. Justin Bieber, $83.5 million (Musician, Canada)

14. Lionel Messi, $80 million (Athlete, Argentina)

15. Dr. Phil McGraw, $79 million (Personality, U.S.)

16. Ellen DeGeneres, $77 million (Personality, U.S.)

17. Bruce Springsteen, $75 million (Musician, U.S.)

18. Adele, $69 million (Musician, U.K.)

18. Jerry Seinfeld, $69 million (Comedian, U.S.)

20. Mark Wahlberg, $68 million (Actor, U.S.)

21. Metallica, $66.5 million (Musicians, U.S.)

22. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, $65 million (Actor, U.S.)

23. Roger Federer, $64 million (Athlete, Switzerland)

24. David Copperfield, $61.5 million (Magician, U.S.)

25. Kevin Durant, $60.6 million (Athlete, U.S.)

26. Garth Brooks, $60 million (Musician, U.S.)

26. Elton John, $60 million (Musician, U.K.)

26. Gordon Ramsay, $60 million (Personality, U.K.)

29. Ryan Seacrest, $58 million (Personality, U.S.)

30. Chris Rock, $57 million (Comedian, U.S.)

31. Vin Diesel, $54.5 million (Actor, U.S.)

32. Paul McCartney, $54 million (Musician, U.K.)

32. Red Hot Chili Peppers, $54 million (Musicians, U.S.)

34. Louis C.K., $52 million (Comedian, U.S.)

35. Jimmy Buffett, $50.5 million (Musician, U.S.)

35. Adam Sandler, $50.5 million (Actor, U.S.)

37. Andrew Luck, $50 million (Athlete, U.S.)

37. Rory McIlroy, $50 million (Athlete, U.S.)

39. Jackie Chan, $49 million (Actor, China)

40. Calvin Harris, $48.5 million (Musician, U.K.)

41. Robert Downey, Jr., $48 million (Actor, U.S.)

42. Steph Curry, $47.3 million (Athlete U.S.)

43. Dave Chappelle, $47 million (Comedian, U.S.)

43. Judy Sheindlin, $47 million (Personality, U.S.)

45. James Harden, $46.6 million (Athlete, U.S.)

46. Lewis Hamilton, $46 million (Athlete, U.K.)

47. Kim Kardashian West, $45.5 million (Personality, U.S.)

48. Drew Brees, $45.3 million (Athlete, U.S.)

49. Taylor Swift, $44 million (Musician, U.S.)

50. Simon Cowell, $43.5 million (Personality, U.K.)

50. Phil Mickelson, $43.5 million (Athlete, U.S.)

52. Tom Cruise, $43 million (Actor, U.S.)

53. Kenny Chesney, $42.5 million (Musician, U.S.)

53. Steve Harvey, $42.5 million (Personality, U.S.)

55. Luke Bryan, $42 million (Musician, U.S.)

55. Celine Dion, $42 million (Musician, Canada)

55. Jay Z, $42 million (Musician, U.S.)

58. Sofia Vergara, $41 million (Actor, Colombia)

59. Kylie Jenner, $41 million (Personality, U.S.)

60. Bruno Mars, $39 million (Musician, U.S.)

60. Tiësto, $39 million (Musician, Netherlands)

62. Russell Westbrook, $38.6 million (Athlete, U.S.)

63. Sebastian Vettel, $38.5 million (Athlete, Germany)

64. Damian Lillard, $38.4 million (Athlete, U.S.)

65. Shah Rukh Khan, $38 million (Actor, India)

65. Jennifer Lopez, $38 million (Musician, U.S.)

65. The Chainsmokers, $38 million (Musician, U.S.)

68. Novak Djokovic, $37.6 million (Athlete, Serbia)

69. Amy Schumer, $37.5 million (Comedian, U.S.)

70. Tiger Woods, $37.1 million (Athlete, U.S.)

71. Salman Khan, $37 million (Actor, India)

71. Neymar, $37 million (Athlete, Brazil)

71. Bill O’Reilly, $37 million (Personality, U.S.)

71. Dolly Parton, $37 million (Musician, U.S.)

71. Ed Sheeran, $37 million (Musician, U.K.)

76. Dwayne Wade, $36.2 million (Athlete, U.S.)

77. Fernando Alonso, $36 million (Athlete, Spain)

77. Sean Hannity, $36 million (Personality, U.S.)

77. Rihanna, $36 million (Musician, Barbados)

80. Bon Jovi, $35.5 million (Musician, U.S.)

80. Akshay Kumar, $35.5 million (Actor, India)

82. Billy Joel, $35 million (Musician, U.S.)

83. Dr. Dre, $34.5 million (Musician, U.S.)

83. Florida Georgia Line, $34.5 million (Musician, U.S.)

83. Toby Keith, $34.5 million (Musician, U.S.)

83. Jordan Spieth, $34.5 million (Athlete, U.S.)

87. Derrick Rose, $34.2 million (Athlete, U.S.)

88. Usain Bolt, $34.2 million (Athlete, Jamaica)

89. Gareth Bale, $34 million (Athlete, U.K.)

89. Conor McGregor, $34 million (Athlete, Ireland)

89. Britney Spears, $34 million (Musician, U.S.)

92. Kei Nishikori, $33.9 million (Athlete, Japan)

93. Fletcher Cox, $33.4 million (Athlete, U.S.)

94. Clayton Kershaw, $33.4 million (Athlete, U.S.)

95. Chance The Rapper, $33 million (Musician, U.S.)

96. Katy Perry, $33 million (Musician, U.S.)

97. Carmelo Anthony, $32.6 million (Athlete, U.S.)

98. Jason Aldean, $32.5 million (Musician, U.S.)

99. Kevin Hart, $32.5 million (Comedian, U.S.)

100. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, $32 million (Athlete, U.S.)

43 comments on “Forbes Highest Paid Celebrities List 2017: Shahrukh Khan tops from India”

  1. Yeah stardom speaks I'm every field.
    Aaj kal kuch China made star market main aya hain.
    Festival release solo release karte hain

      1. What is difference between Business Man and movie actor ?

        *Business Man means SRK.
        *Actor means Aamir and Akshay.

    1. @vishal

      bhai ro mat....srk ki okaat nhi , jo use solo mile

      Thug of hindostan mile....

      TOH me aamir ko 70% share milega.....mtlab...1000 , 2000 crore.....????

      Srk....1000 se b jyada add krta h , fir jake etna kmaya h....

      or aamir ko ADD krne ka koi shok nhi h...

      or ydi krega....

      to 38million to add k hi mil jayenge...

      Or china made kisko bolta h ??

      bollywood ka sabse bda star h.......

      srk to xmas me b flop (SWADESH , TRIMURTY, DON2) h.....diwali made star h.....sabse jyada holiday release SRK ki h...

      OR china me to disaster h SRK....

      1. What bhojpuri Language do you use? You can't even write a simple sentence. SRK can buy Bheekhari Aamir any day. Bheekhari Aamir has only 14 hits in 28 years. He was born on 2008 and born on 2009 in overseas. So no need to compare him with King of Bollywood SRK.

  2. Shah Rukh Khan made it to the top again! ??? ? ???

    The King of Bollywood!

    The Greatest of All Times!

  3. Aamir to srk : Agar tu paise kamaya to ek na ek din tanne log bhul javenge Par Agar mere Jaisa pyar kamaya to misal ban jayega..

    Aur Misale di jati hai beta bhuli nahi jati ???

    Srk: haa yar tu misal ban gaya ??

    1. He did not get proved guilty by the court and Forbes has said it was a controversy and not a proven criminal offense!
      Salman Khan is innocent and had nothing to do with it!

  4. where is aamir? his dangal movie which he produced earned amazing figure. all profit goes to aamir. why he is not in the list.

    1. Producers for about 25% off China box office and then Aamir Khan got a small dime from that money! About 200cr!

      1. @king

        bhai 200crore ka 31 million ho jata h......or as a acter 50 crore or mile....vo kha gye...

        bhai forbs ne pahle b sekdo bar Aamir ko list me shamil nhi kiya h....


        dofe...tere forbs ne b kai baar china collection dikhaye h....

        hakle ne to sirf bollywood ka naam dubaya h China me

        or @prashant abhishek....aamir ko pesa kmana hota...to vh " Dhobi Ghat " nhi bnata.......

        or 3idiots k bad...YRF ki 3 movie ko mna nhi krta

        1. @Mahaveer Forbes list is dependent on Fame and earnings of the year, Aamir Khans fame is not as big as Salman Khan or Shah Rukh Khan overall, but he should be in the list next year! Good Luck! Lol

          1. @king

            bhai Amir ka fame kitna h....vo uska worldwide collection btata h....

            srk or salman ka fame....reality show me bhikh mangte wakt dikh jata h....

            aakhir famous insaan ko ...tv pr aane or bhikh mangne ki kha jrurat ?

            or es list me AMITABH BACHCHAN.....ka naam kyo nhi aaya??????????????????????

            fake list....fuselite ko dekhte hue nikali h....

    2. Because fake collections bol kar money nehi milte .
      Dangal ke day wise collections dekh kar saaf pata chalta hain fake hain.
      Jasse jasse bahubali2 ka bussiness worldwide increase hua. Usse Zyda dangal ka sirf China main hoya .
      Total fake hain .
      Isss kam ke passe milte nehi...lagTe hain apni pocket see.

  5. @ av, abe chindichor kya tera aamir & akshay paisa kamane ke liye film nai karta h ? What's wrong in that ?

    1. Ha ha ha... Abe bhadk kyun raha hai bhai tu kon ni karta filmen​ paisa kamane ke liye sab karte hain.... Bro par tera SRK khud kehta hai i am great business man to teri kyun jal rahi hai ye sab sun ke.

      1. Didn't know that being a business man is a bad thing. He is an actor & business man which Aamir and Akshay are not. So don't be jealous.

        1. Bhai Aamir successful acter , Directer , producer

          singer (filmfare award winning)

          great social worker , global star (Real)

          or bhut kuch h....

          Srk...fake star h...paid media maid...

          1. What bhojpuri Language do you use? You can't even write a simple sentence. SRK can buy Bheekhari Aamir any day. Bheekhari Aamir has only 14 hits in 28 years. He was born on 2008 and born on 2009 in overseas. So no need to compare him with King of Bollywood SRK. ANd what Paid Media are you talking about Moron? SRK has bought BBC, CNN, Forbes etc. Why don't they call Bheekhari Aamir world's biggest moviestar..???

  6. @Parshya
    Aamir: main China release Karke bhi tere itna paisa kyun nahin kamaa sakta?

    Shah Rukh Khan: main jab room is andar jaata hoon toh sab kareh ho jaa the hain, tum jab jaate ho to sab photo lekar nikal jaate hain

    Aamir: but yeh tho mere sawaal ka jawab nahin hai?

    Shah Rukh Khan: jawab milege bhi nahin, TALAASH jari rak, woh kya hain na
    S for Stardom
    S for Superstar
    S for Shah Rukh Khan
    S for Salman Khan

    Aamir: main bhi Superstar hoon! ??

    Shah Rukh Khan: PK hai kya!

  7. Bhai its not strange SRK is also getting money to dance in individual weddings and award functions. He is buisness man.

  8. This list is not always accurate. Once Ratan Tata came in the Forbes list of richest man in the world. Ratan Tata communicated that his valuation shown in Forbes list are wrong as he is not the owner of the Tata group of company. Then they removed Ratan Tata's name from the list. But I guess not everybody as honest as Ratan Tata to remove his name from list and not everybody interested enough to request Forbes to include his name if his earning deserve a place in the list.

  9. One thing I am unable to understand that why does the worth or income matters for actors. An actor is known and will be remembered for films. So the only criteria for comparison will be box office collection. And when it comes to box office, Aamir and Salman are way ahead of SRK.

    PS: SRK spends more time in expanding his business rather than working on films. No wonder why his films turn out to be craps like HNY, DILWALE.

    1. The highest paid actors matter because they are most Demanded. It's because of their stardom and popularity that they are highest paid. And who told you SRK is behind in boxoffice collection..?? According to BOI, in all time career analysis SRK is the All Time best Superstar. So keep you tingu logic to yourself.

  10. Shahrukh King of Ad films....
    His main income is ads... His last 3 movies were not even hits...

    If u compare revenue from movies... Aamir khan is miles ahead of Srk...

    Aamir khan's Dangal renumeration will be greater that Srk's last 3 movies renumeration

    1. LOL, It's not SRK's fault if Snapdeal kicks out Bhikhari Aamir. Forbes has clearly mentioned Raees and Dilwale as SRK's source of income. Dangal released last year, so where is Bhikhari Aamir's remuneration in Forbes list..??

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