Salman tops Forbes India celebrity list for 2016, SRK at no 2

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New Delhi, December 24
Superstar Salman Khan has bagged the top spot on the 2016 Forbes India Celebrity 100 List with earnings of Rs 270.33-crore during the year. Salman beat fellow superstar Shah Rukh Khan to the second spot with earnings of Rs 221.75-crore during the year. According to Forbes, there has not been a single year when either Shah Rukh or Salman has not been No 1 on their Celebrity 100 List. While Shahrukh has been at number one thrice, Salman has bagged the position twice. Accordingto the magazine, Salman Khan had a strong year, led by the commercial success of the Sooraj Barjatya-directed Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, which released in late 2015, and Sultan, which hit screens in 2016. His total earnings constituted 9.84 percent of the total wealth?Rs 2,745-crore — of all the top 100 celebrities for the year. At number 3 spot is india’s Test cricket captain Virat Kohli who is also the most popular celebrity. His consistent performances across all formats — Tests, ODIs and T20s — a nd his earnings, and his leading spot among sports personalities has led to his rise to No 3 from No 7 last year. At number 4 is Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar, thanks to the commercial successes of movies ‘Airlift ‘, ‘Rustom’ and Housefull 3, besides a growing list of brand endorsements.
For only the second time since the list came into being have two woman actors broken into the top 10. Deepika Padukone is at No 6 and Priyanka Chopra at No 8 thanks to success of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani’ as also their growing international presence.

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