Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar among 100 richest celebrity

Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Amitabh with Akshay, Salman Khan, MS Dhoni, Richest actors of Bollywood
New Delhi : The megastar of Bollywood Amitabh Bachchan, the 'Dabangg' star Salman Khan and 'Khiladi' Akshay Kumar as well as ace Indian ricketer M S Dhoni have made it to the Forbes annual celebrity 100 ranking of the world highest paid celebrities.

The Forbes 2015 list of 'Celebrity 100: The World's Top-Paid Entertainers 2015'. has been topped by Floyd Mayweather with earnings of 300 million dollars. Breaking into the elite global club, Bachchan and Khan are tied for the 71st rank with earnings of 33.5 million dollars each.

Coming in at the 76th spot is Akshay Kumar with earnings of USD 32.5 million. Dhoni is ranked 82nd with earnings of USD 31 million dollars. It may come as a surprise to many but one of our biggest superstars Shah Rukh Khan has not made it to the list.

Forbes, which releases the Celeb 100 list every year since 1999, said given the profound changes in the entertainment world, it changed its methodology and for the first time, made the list "truly international: instead of using US-centric power metrics, we're simply ranking the world's 100 highest-paid celebrities, regardless of nationality.

"The result is a more accurate reflection of the current entertainment landscape, a 21st century reality where Bollywood's biggest stars (Salman Khan and Amitabh Bachchan, USD 33.5 million apiece) earn more than some Hollywood A-listers (Leonardo DiCaprio and Channing Tatum, USD 29 million apiece)," Forbes said.

On Bachchan, Forbes said the "Bollywood stalwart" has starred in more than 150 movies in his 50-year career. Forbes noted that 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.

Forbes said Khan is "one of India's biggest stars" and has appeared in some 80 movies. Khan's 'Being Human' clothing line clocked USD 30 million in 2014 revenue, with proceeds going to his foundation. Forbes said Kumar 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.

Dhoni, who retired from Test cricket at the end of 2014, led India to the semi-final of the 2015 Cricket World Cup before suffering a loss to eventual champion Australia. He is co-producing an upcoming biopic titled “M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story”.

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