Salman Khan Tops Forbes India Highest Earning Celebrity List For Third Time

Deepika Padukone is the first woman in top 5 of Forbes India’s list of highest-paid celebrities

Interestingly, the second spot is occupied by a cricketer and he is none other than Virat Kohli.

According to the publication, Salman earned Rs 253.25 crore through his films, TV appearances and brand endorsements between October 1, 2017, and September 30, 2018 (period under consideration). She started her year with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus, Padmaavat that had domestic box office collection of more than Rs. 300 crores. The 52-year-old superstar is now filming Bharat and is also simultaneously hosting one of TV's top-rated shows, Bigg Boss 12. Cricketer Virat Kohli was in second place, while actor Akshay Kumar moved up a spot to third place. Deepika Padukone, the only woman to be featured in the top 10, grabbed the fourth place, below Kumar, with an income of ₹112.8 crores.

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Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan hold the sixth and the seventh positions respectively. Bollywood's macho man Ajay Devgn is on the tenth place with 74.5 crore. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, is at the fifth place with Rs 101.77 crore.

In 2015, Shah Rukh Khan had topped the list, however this year the actor did not make it to the top 10 as he did not have any film releases during the time under review. It is Rajinikanth who leads among the souther celebrities and he has been placed at the 14th spot.

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Global icon Priyanka Chopra slipped to the 49th position (Rs 18 crore) from last year's number 7. Deepika Padukone, at position 4, is the only female celebrity to have made it to the top 5 since the listing was launched in 2012. Though he retired from the game in 2013, his earnings stood at 80 crore this year compared to the average of 73.12 crore over the past seven years.

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