WEB DESK: Mega star King Khan has been ranked number one in the 2015 Forbes India Celebrity 100 list.
Last year the mega star was ranked third but this year he has managed to climb back to the number one spot.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan star Salman Khan-who snatched top position last year- has dropped to the second slot this year.
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has slipped to the third slot (from number two last year) while cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni maintains his rank at number four.
SRK’s earnings are estimated at a whopping INR2.57 billion.Reportedly, 2015 has been the best year for Shah Rukh Khan in terms of financial success as this is the highest any celebrity has ever made in the four years since the Forbes India Celebrity 100 list was instituted.
In fact, his earnings make up as much as 9% of the total wealth of the top 100 celebrities this year – INR28.1 billion.
While the Forbes India Rich List focuses on net worth, the Celebrity 100 list is compiled by measuring money (earnings estimates) and fame.
The list includes movie actors, television stars, sportspersons, authors, film directors, music directors, singers and stand-up comedians. Their gross pre-tax earnings are combined with their fame scores to arrive at the Forbes India Celebrity 100 List.
On the fame rankings, King Khan still lags behind at number four, with Big B reigning at number one with over 18 million followers on Twitter, the highest-ever for any celebrity on the list.
Actor Aamir Khan has also made it to the top five for the first time. The stellar performance in PK and revenues from brand endorsements helped him rake in an estimated INR1.4 billion, his highest in the last four years.
On the other hand, actors Alia Bhatt and Madhuri Dixit have moved up the list despite any movie release in the time period under consideration (October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015). Their rise on the list is entirely due to earnings from brand endorsements and their fame quotient.
The list this year has also witnessed a few who have jumped up considerably higher in just one year.
Here’s the list of top 10 celebs in terms of their earnings:
2. Salman Khan – Rs.202.75
3. Amitabh Bachchan – Rs.112.00
4. Mahendra Singh Dhoni – Rs.119.33
5. Aamir Khan – Rs.104.25
6. Akshay Kumar – Rs.127.83
7.Virat Kohli– Rs.104.78
8. Sachin Tendulkar – Rs.40.00
9. Deepika Padukone – Rs.59.00
10. Hrithik Roshan – Rs.74.50