List o’ Top Earning Bollywood Celebrities

Perspective ? Charlie Sheen probably makes more in a single season of 2 1/2 Men than this entire list combined. But in India these are big bucks, and this is what is earned in the world’s largest movie market by the biggest stars.

9. Aishwarya Rai – $1.5 million

A former model and Miss World, Aishwarya Rai entered the movie industry in 1997. She won accolades for her roles in period dramas such as “Devdas” (2002). Better known internationally as the face of LOreal and Longines watches, Rai co-starred with Dylan McDermott in the 2005 Hollywood film, “The Mistress of Spices”.

8. Amitabh Bachchan – $3 million

list of top earning bollywood stars - Amitabh Bachchan

A huge superstar in India, Bachchan is still going strong in his 60s. He shot to fame in the 1970s as the angry young man in a series of Indian films. After temporary retirement and declaring bankruptcy in the 1990s, he returned to the limelight in 2000 as the host of Indias version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”, a role and salary that was no doubt impacted with the massive popularity of Slumdog Millionaire.

8. Kareena Kapoor – $3 million

Kareena Kapoor

Kareena Kapoor shares the honor with Amitabh Bachchan as the 8th highest-earning actor in India. Known as Bebo, Kapoor was born into a famous Bollywood family. She starred in the 2009 film “Three Idiots”, which became the top-grossing Bollywood film of all time.

7. Abhishek Bachchan – $3.1 million

Abhishek Bachchan

Married to former model and Miss World, Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan also comes from an illustrious Bollywood family. His father, Amitabh, is widely considered the greatest actor in Indian cinema. Abhishek played a leading role in the 2007 film “Guru”, whose plot mirrored the rise of Indias richest business family, the Ambanis.

6. Katrina Kaif – $3.9 million

list of top earning bollywood stars - Katrina Kaif

Born in Hong Kong and brought up in London, Katrina Kaif is a former model. She began her Bollywood career in 2005. Known less for her acting skills and more for her endorsements, she reportedly earns as much as $600,000 per deal and is the brand ambassador for Pantene Shampoos.

5. Salman Khan – $6 million

list of top earning bollywood stars - Salman Khan

Khan began his acting career in 1988 and went on to star in some of Bollywoods most successful films in the 1990s. Known as the bad boy of Indian cinema, Khan was arrested in 2002 for rash and negligent driving after his car ran over several people sleeping on a pavement. He was also jailed for illegal hunting of an endangered species of deer.

4. Ranbir Kapoor – $7.5 million

List o' Top Earning Bollywood Celebrities - Ranbir-Kapoor

Among Bollywoods younger generation, Ranbir Kapoor is the son of famous Indian actor Rishi Kapoor, and is recognized as an actor among Bollywoods younger generation. In 2010, he starred in Prakash Jhas film “Rajneeti”. Kapoor is the brand ambassador for Pepsi and just signed up to endorse Nissan.

4. Saif Ali Khan -$7.5 million

Saif Ali Khan

Sharing the fourth spot as India’s top-earning celebrity is Saif Ali Khan (no relationship to Aamir Khan or Shah Rukh Khan). He rose to fame in 2001 with the film “Dil Chahta Hai” (The Heart Desires). Khan branched out into film producing in 2009 when he set up his company Illuminati.

3. Aamir Khan – $12 million

Aamir Khan

One of Indias most acclaimed actors, Khan acted in and produced the 2001 film “Lagaan”, which was nominated for an Academy Awards in the foreign film category. Khan also starred in the 2009 comedy 3 “Idiots”, which went on to become the highest grossing Bollywood film ever.

2. Akshay Kumar – $13.5 million

Kumar became famous for his roles in action films in the 1990s. As one of Indias biggest brand ambassadors, Kumar endorses cola brand Thumbs Up, LG electronics and Levis. In 2009, he starred in the film “Kambhakkht Ishq”, which included cameos by Hollywood actors Sylvester Stallone and Denise Richards.

1. Shah Rukh Khan -$15 million

By far Indias best-known movie star, Shah Rukh Khan is also Bollywoods highest tax payer. In 2008, Newsweek named him one of the 50 most powerful people in the world. Khan has won 13 national film awards, 7 of them as best actor.

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