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Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar Among Forbes’ Highest Paid Celebs In World

Bollywood actors Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan are among the world’s 100 highest-paid entertainers, according to a Forbes list topped by American boxer Floyd Mayweather.

Akshay is ranked 76th on the Forbes list of the World’s Highest Paid Celebrities 2018, while Salman is on the 82nd spot.

Forbes said the world’s 100 top-earning entertainers pulled in a combined $6.3 billion pre-tax over the past 12 months, up 22 per cent from last year and 11 superstars crossed the $100-million threshold, more than double the number from the last two years combined.

Akshay Kumar is bating for menstrual hygiene. 
Akshay Kumar is bating for menstrual hygiene. 

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Akshay, 50, had earnings of $40.5 million. Forbes said “one of Bollywood’s leading men has transitioned to socially-conscious roles,” citing his films such as ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ that focussed on government campaigns to improve sanitation, and ‘Padman’, about a man hoping to provide inexpensive sanitary pads to rural communities. He also mints millions from profits and endorsing about 20 brands.

Salman, 52, had earnings of $37.7 million. Forbes said he remains one of India’s top earners and the ‘Bollywood mainstay’ continues to produce and star in hits such as ‘Tiger Zinda Hai,’ cashing in on backend profits.

Salman Khan in <i>Race 3</i>.
Salman Khan in Race 3.

The list has been topped by Mayweather with earnings of $285 million. Among the other highest-paid entertainers are actor George Clooney (second), reality TV star and businessperson Kylie Jenner (third), soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo (10), pop star Katy Perry (19), tennis icon Roger Federer (23), singer Beyonce (35), author JK Rowling (42) and golfer Tiger Woods (66).

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