Forbes India has released its list of richest Indian celebrities for the year 2018 after which it appears that celebrities apart from name have gained a lot of fame this year. The Forbes India Celebrity list is based on the estimates of entertainment-related earnings of the celebrities. It appears that the year 2018 was a lucrative one with cumulative earnings of Rs. 3,140.25 crores. Compared to last year, the figure was 17 per cent lower at Rs. 2.683 crores. The list consists of celebrities from all fields like films, TV, literature, music, and sports. The period ranging from October 1, 2017, to September 30, 2018, has been considered while making this list.
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Salman Khan, the Bhaijaan of Bollywood has emerged as the richest celebrity in the Forbes list for the third time in a row. The superstar has delivered several blockbusters and possesses a huge fan following. The 52-year-old actor has earnings amounting to Rs. 253.25 crore this year because of his two films – Tiger Zinda Hai and Race 3, multiple brand endorsements and several television appearances.
It is heartening to see that apart from film stars sportsmen have also featured in the list of Forbes. Indian Cricket Team captain Virat Kohli has dominated the list and appeared at the second position following Salman Khan with total earnings of Rs. 228.09 crores. The earnings of the 30-year-old skipper have more than doubled and currently, he is the richest sportsperson in the country.
Akshay Kumar is one of those celebrities of Bollywood who is popular for both his action and comic roles. The actor, who is well-known for providing a helping hand to the needy through charity or by raising awareness, has grabbed the third rank with income of Rs 185 crore. Be it “Toilet”, a comedy movie supporting the government’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, or “Padman” which drives the attention of audience towards menstrual hygiene, Akshay Kumar has tried really hard this year to raise awareness through his socially-conscious roles.
After making headlines because of her grand wedding with co-actor Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone is again in the headlines for becoming the first woman to feature in the top 5 richest celebrities in the Forbes list since its inception in 2012. The newlywed “Padmaavat” earned a whopping amount of Rs. 112.8 and became highest earning woman celebrity in India.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
MS Dhoni may not have been in the news lately but he is still a popular choice for endorsing brands. MS Dhoni has bagged the fifth position in the Forbes list with earnings of Rs. 101.77 crores. Dhoni becomes the second richest sportsperson in India seeing a rise of more 60% in his earnings this year.
The 53-year-old star Aamir Khan has featured as the sixth richest celebrity in the list of Forbes. The latest movie of our very own Mr Perfectionist “Thugs of Hindostan” may not have performed well at the box office but his earnings have seen a growth from Rs. 68.75 crores to Rs. 97.50 crores in the year 2018.
Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan has bagged overall seventh position in the list with total earnings of Rs. 96.17 crores. The actor who has completed nearly half a century in his filmy career has featured in more than 150 movies. Bachchan’s earning has doubled this year from Rs. 40 crore in 2017.
Ranveer Singh, who is well- known for his versatile roles and unique dressing sense broke the hearts of many females. Ranveer recently married the richest Indian female actor Deepika Padukone who features fourth in the Forbes list. Ranveer is on the eighth position with total earnings of 84.67 crores. Singh apart from movies endorses several brands.
Sachin Tendulkar, the former Indian cricket captain who has been away from the field since the last five years is at the ninth spot in the Forbes list. Sachin is only behind Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni in earnings endorsing 17 brands. Despite retirement, the 45-year-old Master Blaster has maintained his market value; he still commands Rs. 8 to 10 crore for 2-3 days of commitments for a brand as reported by Forbes. This year he earned a whopping amount of Rs. 80 crores.
Ajay Devgn, the Singham of Bollywood has assured a place in Top 10 in the Forbes list this year. With a significant growth in his earning from Rs. 48.83 in 2017 crores to Rs. 74.50 crores in 2018, the 49-year-old actor has secured the 10th position in the list. Apart from movies, Ajay endorses several brands.