The Forbes list of highest-paid actors was out a couple a days ago and among the Indian celebrities, Salman Khan has emerged as the numero uno with earnings of Rs 253.25 crore between October 1, 2017, and September 30 this year. This is the third consecutive time that Dabangg Khan has aced the list.
It’s hardly surprising that he is on top of the heap as the superstar has been delivering blockbusters over the last few years. This time, too, it was no different, though the 52-year-old actor had only two releases. His Tiger Zinda Hai raked in about Rs 339 crore* at the box office, and even a ‘flop’ like Race 3 grossed about Rs 166.15 crore*, which is equivalent to what hit films usually garner!
Not only that, 2018 saw Salman hosting two TV shows — Dus Ka Dum (DKD), which returned after nine years and Bigg Boss that he has been anchoring for nine seasons in a row. He reportedly got Rs 78 crore for 26 episodes of DKD and is said to be charging Rs 14 crore per episode for BB12. This year, he also made an appearance as a special guest on a show called Comedy High School, for which he was reportedly paid Rs 4 crore for four hours!
Besides films and TV, Salman is one of the most sought-after stars for brand endorsements. He is the face of nearly 10 brands, which include a wide range of products from soft drinks (Appy Fizz) to footwear (Relaxo) to innerwear (Dixcy Scott Innerwear). His endorsement fee reportedly ranges between Rs 4-5 crore for a day.
As Forbes magazine states, “This Bollywood mainstay continues to produce and star in hits such as Tiger Zinda Hai, cashing in on backend profits. Coupled with a slew of endorsements from Suzuki motorcycles to Chlormint gum, he remains one of India’s top earners.”