MUMBAI: Bollywood superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar are among the world’s highest-paid celebrities of 2016, according to an annual list released by Forbes.
The list has been topped by American singer Taylor Swift with an earning of USD 170 million.
Shah Rukh ranks 86th on the list with earnings of USD 33 million, while Akshay comes in on the 94th spot with USD 31.5 million earnings.
Forbes said the “Fan” star “continues to rule Bollywood’s box office” with lead roles in hit films and also earns multimillion dollars 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,” Forbes said.
Akshay, 48, however slipped in ranks this year from 76th in 2015, Forbes said adding that he is one of Bollywood’s busiest leading men and banked top rupee for three hit films.
“The action star bolsters his earnings endorsing a wider range of products than most Hollywood shills including motorcycles and gold loan company.”