Next is actor Akshay Kumar with Rs 185 crores and on the fourth position is Deepika Padukone with Rs 112.8 crores. A total of 21 sportspersons found a place in the Forbes' rich list of top 100 celebrities (see table). Deepika, newly married to Ranveer Singh, is now not only the highest earning female celebrity in India, she's also several spots above male stars like Shah Rukh Khan, who dropped from second place to 13th.
Nayanthara, the lady superstar of the south has earned Rs 15 crore and is placed at the 69th position. The period under consideration is October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018. This is the first time that an actor from the Malayalam film industry is part of the Forbes list.
Aamir Khan ranks sixth with Rs 97.5 crore, closely followed by his "Thugs of Hindostan" co-star Amitabh Bachchan at No 7 with Rs 96.17 as earnings. He is followed by Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli with Rs 228.09 crores. His earnings were backed by endorsements of several consumer-facing brands, and constitute 8.06 percent of the total earnings - Rs 3,140.25 crore - of the top 100 celebrities for the year, read a statement from Forbes.
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A R Rahman is in the 11th position and Rajnikanth is in the 14th place.
Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and actor Ajay Devgn rounded off the top 10 list with ninth and tenth positions respectively.
Salman Khan for the past three consecutive years has topped the list.
The all-rounder bagged Rs 28.46 crore this year, taking a rise of more than 800% from a mere Rs 3.04 crore last year.