From Hollywood to Hong Kong and Bollywood, the World’s Highest-Paid Actors features 12 newcomers, five of whom made their fortunes in India.
1. Jackie Chan
China’s biggest movie star got a boost from back-end participation on “Dragon Blade,” which featured him in a starring role alongside Adrien Brody and John Cusack (the film grossed $120 million in China), and enough brand extensions to make Jay Z jealous. His empire includes a line of Chan-branded merchandise, a Segway dealership and an eponymous cinema chain. Later this year, he’ll voice a character in “Kung Fu Panda 3” and star opposite Johnny Knoxville in “Skiptrace,” an east-west coproduction that counts Chan as an investor. “I don’t want to follow everyone,” Chantold Forbes.
2. Amitabh Bachchan
Bollywood stalwart Amitabh Bachchan has starred in more than 150 movies in his 50 year career. He continues to earn top rupee for his roles in flicks such 2014’s “Bhoothnath Returns.” Though Indian movies gross far less than U.S. films at the box office, they recoup costs by selling satellite rights to TV channels. But unlike the U.S., where first dollar gross deals are a thing of the past, Bollywood stars such as Bachchan continue to earn a cut of each film’s ticketing revenue.Bachchan bolsters his earnings as the longstanding host of India’s version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” (“Kaun Banega Crorepati”), which aired its eighth season in 2014.
3. Salman Khan
One of India’s biggest star, Salman Khan has appeared in some 80 movies since his 1989 breakout role “Maine Pyar Kiya.” Khan continues to produce and star in films, earning well for roles in flicks such as 2014’s “Kick.” He also appears on the small screen hosting reality show “Bigg Boss,” the Indian version of “Big Brother.” Khan’s Being Human clothing line clocked $30 million in 2014 revenue, with proceeds going to his foundation.He makes bank endorsing other brands including Thums Up (India’s Coca-Cola) and Suzuki. Bollywood’s bad boy has long been trailed by controversy: In 2006 he was convicted of poaching an endangered gazelle on a 1998 hunting trip, while in May 2015 Khan was sentenced to five years in prison for a 2002 hit-and-run car incident which killed a homeless man. Mumbai’s High Court has suspended his sentence while he appeals his conviction.
4. Akshay Kumar
Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar has appeared in some 150 movies since his 1992 breakthrough in “Khiladi.” He is one of Bollywood’s busiest leading men, filming an average of four movies a year. Kumar earns top rupee for roles in 2014 movies such as “Holiday” and “Entertainment.” Kumar bolsters his earnings hosting Indian reality TV show “Dare 2 Dance” and endorsing products that align with his action hero status: Honda motorcycles, a range of white vests and a brand of steel pipes, among others.
5. Shah Rukh Khan
India’s Leonardo DiCaprio earns from movies such as “Happy New Year” and “Fan,” as well as lucrative endorsements including Pan Masala.
6. Chow Yun-fat
Hong Kong actor Chow Yun-fat is best known for his role in 2000’s “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.” He makes the ranking thanks to movies such as “From Vegas to Macau II.”
7. Seth Rogen
Funnyman Seth Rogen was paid over $6.5 million upfront for his role in 2014’s controversial “The Interview.” Like Jonah Hill’s role in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Rogen is set to take a more serious turn playing Steve Wozniak in the forthcoming “Steve Jobs.”
8. Jonah Hill
Though Jonah Hill is best known for comedic roles, 2013’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” confirmed his abilities as a serious actor. Hill was able to command nearly $10 million for 2014’s 22 Jump Street, which grossed $331 million worldwide.
9. Ranbir Kapoor
One of Bollywood’s top male actors, Ranbir Kapoor banks a decent pay check from movies such as “Roy” and “Bombay Velvet.”
10. Chris Evans
Though he earns far less than Robert Downey Jr. per Marvel movie, Evans stays busy with films such as “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” His packed schedule means he makes the cut for the first time.
11. Chris Pratt
After a surprisingly wonderful turn in last summer’s surprise success “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Pratt now looks set to become Hollywood’s next leading man. Though he likely earned less than $10 million for this summer’s smash hit “Jurassic World,” Pratt’s fee is on the rise: the movie grossed $1.5 billion worldwide. He’s reportedly pocketing $12 million for the forthcoming sci-fi, “Passengers.”
12. Andy Lau
Hong Konger Andy Lau, an actor singer who starred alongside Chow Yun-fat in 2015’s “From Vegas to Macau II,” earned the same as fellow newcomer Chris Pratt.
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