The entertainment industry especially the film production has grown to be one of the highest paying in the world. Today some of the richest people of the planet like Merv Griffin have the film industry to thank for in respect to their massive wealth.
People believe that Hollywood due to its popularity is the Meca for the rich and famous however this is just an assumption since its close rival Bollywood or rather the Hindi Cinema has some of the world’s richest actors as well.
Today Bollywood has grown to surpass the Hollywood in terms of the number of films production, tickets sale and even the western actors today have been actively featuring in Bollywood films thus an indicator of positive growth. Below are some of the top 10 richest Bollywood actors as of 2018 in India we have.
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10. Saif Ali Khan
Net Worth $140 Million
The son of the famous actress Sharmila Tagore is a prominent Bollywood actor and a producer as well. His acting debut was in 1993 in the drama film Parampara although it dint do so well in the eyes of the public however Dil Chahta Hai 2001 and Kal Ho Naa Ho 2003 propelled him to glory. Some of his other films that have played a key role in his success are Hum Tum 2004, Parineeta 2005, Omkara 2006, Love Aaj Kal 2009, and Race 2013 among others. Through his career Saif has won several accolades such as National Film Award for Best Actor, the Padma Shri and six Filmfare Awards among many others.
9. John Abraham
Net Worth – $55 Million
John was once a model but today he is film actor and a producer who hails his success in Bollywood film industry. He has made an impressive resume in a short time since his acting debut was in 2003 with the film “Jism”.to date John has appeared in over 50 movies and some of them such Dhoom (2004), Zinda (2006), Baabul (2006), Taxi No. 9211 (2006), Housefull 2 (2012), Race 2 (2013) and Dishoom (2016), have made a name for him among Bollywood actors.
Apart from film he is also the founder of his clothing line JA Clothing and a co-owner of Northeast United FC a football team in the Indian super league. He has been also recognized as sexiest Asian man and most stylish man as well.
8. Sanjay Dutt
Net Worth – $55 Million
The son of the famous film actor Sunil Dutt popularly known as the Deadly Dutt is a film producer and an actor as well. Sanjay although he was convicted of crimes related to illegal possession of armaments from 1993-2016 he has been a key figure in Bollywood. His career debut was in 1981 and of today he has featured in more than 100 Bollywood films.
Sanjay does better in genres related to action, thriller and drama taking the role of police, gangster and thugs. Over his career he has made it to win some awards such as 2 Filmfare Awards, 3 stardust awards, 3 screen awards and 2 IIFA Awards among others. Other than film making he co-owns mixed martial arts league (the Super Fight League) with Raj Kundra. some of his films are Inaam Dus Hazaar, Aatish: Feel the Fire, Jeete Hain Shaan Se (1988), Kanoon Apna Apna (1989),Teeja and Taaqatwar (1989) among many others.
7. Ranbir Kapoor
Net Worth – $66 Million
Ranbir comes from a family of actors no wonder he inherited the genes from her parents Rishi and Neetu. Today he is a famous actor and a producer in the Bollywood industry. His acting debut was with the film Saawariya 2007. Some of the films that made his career to skyrocket are Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani among others. Due to his popularity he has secured several brand endorsements that have added his net worth to the figures stated above. Due to his prowess in the film industry he has been awarded five Filmfare Awards and in addition the co-owner of Mumbai City Football Club.
6. Hrithik Roshan
Net Worth- $70 Million
One of the highest paid actors and popular in the Bollywood industry is Hrithik Roshan. Before venturing into acting Roshan was an assistant director of four of his father’s films which were a success such as Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai 2000 he has succeed in the industry having received six Filmfare Awards and featured in dozens of films. Some of films that propelled his career forward were Koi… Mil Gaya 2003, Krrish (2006), Dhoom 2, Krrish 3 (2013) among others. On adding more to it, he has been doing some endorsements deals with international companies and other popular brands, which in total add up to his net worth.
5. Akshay Kumar
Net Worth – $185 Million
One of the best Bollywood actors and ranked among the top 20 highest paid actors globally by Forbes, a martial artist professional and a producer is Akshay Kumar. He has been on the lime light since 1990’s with films such as “Khiladi series”, Waqt Hamara Hai 1993, Mohra 1994, Sapoot 1996, among others. In addition to these films he has appeared in over 100 films in his career and some of the most recent and highly successful critically and commercially are Bhagam Bhag (2006), Housefull 2 (2012), and Holiday (2014), Airlift (2016), Housefull 3 (2016) among others.
Apart from acting in films he is also a stunt actor which has lead him to be known as the Indian jack Chan. Apart from endorsement money and acting money he has been able to venture into business owning Hari Om Entertainment and Grazing Goat Pictures production company. He is also the owner of Khalsa Warriors football club.
4. Aamir Khan
Net Worth – $185 Million
Among the most popular and influential celebrities in Bollywood industry I Aamir Khan. He is an actor, producer and a director as well. He started acting on a tender age but his success came with Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) and Raakh (1989). In 2001 he started a production company and through it he has been able to to be commercially successful with films such as Ghajini (2008), 3 Idiots (2009), Dhoom 3 (2013), and PK (2014) which still holds the position of being the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time. Over his career he has received numerous awards such as Padma Bhushan in 2010, Padma Shri in 2003, 7 Filmfare Awards and 4 national film awards.
3. Salman Khan
Net Worth – $220 Million
He is one of the most popular and commercially successful actors in Bollywood and often referred to as The Tiger of Bollywood or “Box-office King”. By profession he is an actor, television personality, singer and a producer as well. He has featured in some of the movies that are in the rank of highest grossing Bollywood films in the history of Bollywood such as Sultan 2016, Bajrangi Bhaijaan 2015, Dabang 2010, and Bodyguard 2011 among others. In 2014/2015 Khan was the highest paid actor and also most famous actor in India. He has won two National Film Awards, two Filmfare Awards among others. In addition he is also a philanthropist and a stage performer.
2. Amitabh Bachchan
Net Worth – $400 Million
Popularly known as “Shahenshah of Bollywood”, or “Big B”, Amitabh is one of the greatest most influential actors of all time in the Bollywood industry. He is a legend in other words as he has been in the limelight for over four decades featuring in more than 200 films.
In his career he has been recognized by government of India for his work in arts and honored with Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, and fresh government honored him with Knight of the Legion of Honor for his exceptional career. He is also a humanitarian who has been involved in many social work activities especially in India.
1. ShahRukh Khan
Net Worth – $740 Million
Popularly known by many in the industry “SRK” or “king of Bollywood” Shah Rukh Khan has built a name for himself in Bollywood. He is top on this list of top 10 Richest Bollywood actors 2018. He has appeared in more than 100 Bollywood films and through his career he has managed to earn himself tons of awards such as 15 Fimfare Awards. Among the iconic names in the film industry Shah Rukh name hails high and not only in Bollywood but even in the international level as well.other recognition this man has earned are the Padma Shri from the government of India and the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the Légion d’honneur from the government of France for his contributions in the film industry.
His massive wealth is not only as film making but also Khan has huge endorsed many brands such that the media named him “Brand Srk”. He is also the co-owner of Indian Premier League cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders and a chairman of Red Chillies Entertainment. Shah Rukh Khan is among the top 100 most powerful individuals in the world and top of the list of richest Bollywood actors in India as of 2018 and no.2 spot on the richest actors in the world.
The world of entertainment has huge rewards in relation to cash but it depends with the skills you have and how good you are in your talent. Many of these individuals in this category are the best in their line of work and what they do. If you’re an aspiring actor research more on the biographies of the above characters and follow in their footsteps and you might someday rise to their level of expertise.