Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan. — Photo AFP
Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan. — Photo AFP

MUMBAI: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan tops the first Forbes India Celebrity 100 with annual estimated earnings last year of $37.7 million, the magazine said on Friday.

In the list — a ranking of the country's biggest entertainers based on income and popularity — fellow actor Salman Khan came in second with estimated earnings of $30 million.

In third place was India's cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni with $25 million.

“Both Salman Khan and Dhoni are ahead of SRK (Shah Rukh Khan) in terms of popularity and fame,” the magazine said.

“But 'King Khan' came out tops courtesy of his earning power, mainly riding on massive income from brand endorsements,” the magazine said, referring to Shah Rukh Khan.

Actor Akshay Kumar came in fourth place while veteran Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan came fifth. The highest-ranked woman on the list was actor Kareena Kapoor in seventh place.

“The list is an attempt to rank the most powerful and the most popular of the players who are at the centre of this sector,” Forbes media and entertainment editor Deepak Ajwani said.

For the wealth estimates, Forbes said it got independent assessments from multiple sources, including talent agencies, film and TV producers, publishers, sports consultants, advertising agencies and celebrity managers.

To track fame, their methods included looking at media and Internet visibility as well as social media followers. Most on the Indian list were aged between 30 to 50.

The Forbes special edition, which ranks celebrities across eight categories including actors, musicians, models and sportspeople, was due to hit newsstands on Saturday.

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Abhijay Negi
January 26, 2013 5:22 pm
The top two of the list are not Hindus; yet are revered so passionately throughout India. This shows how our Nation has accorded equal status to all stakeholders. We are a living example of how the two-nation theory was inherently flawed; mustn't India and Pakistan think about re-uniting again as a secular Nation, much like were before the seeds of divide bore fruits in 1947?
January 27, 2013 2:39 pm
use common sense. They are just wondering, how a muslim can top on a list in a country where they are minority. Pakistanis know minorities in their country can not go that far.
Dr. Dang
January 26, 2013 3:58 am
Happy Republic Day INDIA !!!!
January 25, 2013 7:33 pm
i do not understand why pakistanis are interested in FORBES india list?
January 27, 2013 1:49 am
No doubt King Khan has been on top since the last two decades!
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