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Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan in Forbes World's Highest Paid Actors 2018 list

Akshay was listed with an earning of $40.5 million, while Khan is said to have earned $38.5 million between 1 June 2017 and 1 June 2018.


Actors Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan have secured a spot in Forbes magazine's World's Highest Paid Actors 2018 list, topped by Hollywood ace George Clooney.

Akshay, known lately for his socially conscious roles in films like Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017) and Pad Man (2018), is in the seventh spot with earnings of $40.5 million (Rs284 crore, approximately) between 1 June 2017 and 1 June 2018. He minted millions from backend profits and endorsing some 20 brands, including Tata and Eveready, Forbes stated.

Salman Khan also remains one of India's top earners with $38.5 million (Rs270 crore, approximately) with hits such as Tiger Zinda Hai (2017) and by cashing in on backend profits, coupled with a slew of endorsements from Suzuki motorcycles to Chlormint gum.

Clooney, 57, is at the top of the list with $239 million (Rs1675.39 crore, approximately) despite not having helmed a hit in years.

The list tallies both onscreen and extracurricular earnings in the 12-month scoring frame. Earning estimates are based on data from Nielsen, ComScore, Box Office Mojo and IMDB, as well as interviews with industry insiders. All figures are pretax; fees for agents, managers and lawyers are not deducted.

Dwayne ‘The Rock' Johnson banked $124 million (Rs869.24 crore, approximately) pretax to rank number 2 in the highest paid actors list.

Together, the world's ten highest paid actors tallied $748.5 million (Rs5246.985 crore, approximately), before fees and taxes.

The salaries of top-earning male leads dwarf those of the world's highest paid actresses, who earned a cumulative $186 million (Rs1304 crore, approximately) in the same scoring period, or just one quarter of the men's earnings — highlighting the gender pay gap issue that persists.