Like Hollywood, the world of Bollywood also has its set of actors that rule the roost and rake in huge money each year. A lot of people are not too familiar with the Indian film industry Bollywood which was actually born ten years before the birth of Hollywood, churns out three times the movies that are annually made in Hollywood and earns almost twice as much- impressive, isn’t it? Bollywood is most certainly no small name and its actors are huge celebrities in their own right. The top actors in Bollywood earn millions through movies, endorsements by appearing in multiple commercials each year. Here is a list of the top five richest Bollywood stars of 2013:
Salman Khan features at the Number 1 slot of the riches Indian movie star as he makes $11.3 million per movie and is the highest paid actor this year. His latest release ‘Ek Tha Tiger’, which was a Bollywood blockbuster was where he had charged $11.3 million for playing the lead in a single movie. He has given five consecutive hit movies that have made him the ruling King of Bollywood by dethroning Shah Rukh Khan who seemed invincible. Salman Khan’s association with any movie ensures its success, owing to his huge fan base. Apart from doing commercial endorsements and movies, Salman Khan is a great philanthropist with his own charity called ‘Being Human’ to which he contributes and participates in most actively. Salman’s net worth is said to be $200 million.
When we talk of Bollywood, then we instantly start dropping names like Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan, who is also known as “King Khan”. This director’s actor has performed in nearly a hundred films in various genres. His suave personality and wittiness have earned him the distinction of being the most sought after actor in Bollywood and a favourite overseas. Shah Rukh carries a price tag of around $9 million per movie. Apart from being signed on 23 commercial endorsements, Shah Rukh Khan has also done various TV shows like ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati” and “Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Hain” and also has an IPL team called Kolkata Knight Riders (who apparently took the IPL trophy home last year). He has received the most number of awards like the coveted Padma Shree and was also called “the world’s biggest movie star” in the Los Angeles.
Aamir Khan is the quintessential ‘Mr. Perfectionist’ of Bollywood, owing to his picky nature when it comes to selecting movies in the capacity of an actor, producer and a director. He tries to indulge in cinema that is meaningful with a social message and hence, he believes in quality over quantity. This means that we only get to see Aamir Khan once a year in a movie that has been meticulously selected in order to be a blockbuster hit. From Ghajini to 3 Idiots to endorsements and television shows, Aamir Khan has excelled in various forms of cinema genres and that is what makes him the second riches actor in Bollywood. Aamir’s net worth is estimated at $180 million.
Akshay Kumar is perhaps one of the most successful stars of Bollywood who does not have ‘Khan’ as a surname. Akshay’s claim to fame is his ability to don various roles with great ease, dance and perform action sequences with great conviction. Not only is he known for his well-chiseled look and physique, but he is also known as a great performer who has done over a hundred movies in Bollywood. Akshay Kumar’s net worth is $65 million
Hrithik began performing as a child artiste and is the son of the yesteryears actor Rakesh Roshan, who has now turned into a successful film director. Together, the father and son combo have churned out hits that have catapulted Hrithik Roshan in the premier league of Bollywood actors. This handsome actor who looks like a Greek god is one of the sexiest Bollywood actors who is perhaps one of the most gifted dancers of all times. Debuting in his father’s venture “Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai”, Hrithik has most certainly gone a long way. Hrithik’s net worth is $30 million.
Amitabh Bachchan, also known as the BigB has a larger than life persona in the world of Bollywood. Despite having been a veteran in the industry and being 70, he has proved that age is just a number. From his television endorsements and his primetime show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati” to his current selective film roles and occasional dabbling in Holly wood cinema (The Great Gatsby)- he most certainly is a living legend and one whose net worth is Rs 116.3 crore.
Ajay is a brilliant actor in both intense and comic roles. He is perhaps one of the greatest stunt men of all time who has never required a body double for the most dangerous action sequence. Recipient of the National Award in 1999, Ajay has gained immense success as a bankable actor who manages to rake in huge money at the Box Office. Apart from being an actor, he is also a director and producer. Married to the popular actress Kajol, Ajay Devgan has a net worth of around 30 million dollars!
This actress has seen phenomenal growth over the last five years particularly with movies like Jab We Met and Three Idiots. Her latest movies have not seen immense success at the box office, but that does not hinder her from being wooed by producers and directors. From prestigious endorsements such as Lavie, Gitanjali, Lux and Garnier to many others, she has her hands full in the advertising world. Fondly known as Bebo, Kareena Kapoor has married her long time beau Saif Ali Khan, which makes them one of the biggest power couples in Bollywood. This beauty’s net worth is around Rs 72.47 crore. 9. Saif Ali Khan
Saif Ali Khan
Saif Ali Khan is known for his polished personality and charming looks. Married to popular Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor, Saif has now become one of the biggest stars in Bollywood and is considered to be one amongst the top ‘Khans’ that rule the industry. His current box office successes such as Cocktail, Love Aaj Kal and the Race series, have catapulted him into a powerful position. With the success of his production house ventures that churned out hits such as Love Aaj Kal and Go Goa Gone, Saif is currently riding the high wave of success.
Katrina Kaif has certainly traveled the long and hard path to success in Bollywood and has managed to gain an edge over other contemporary actresses. From modeling assignments to landing a role in a Hindi flick called ‘Boom’ that severely bombed at the box office, Katrina has crossed a lot of obstacles to taste success. She still was not unfazed and battled it out by learning Hindi and learning Kathak, which helped her become a mega-star that she is now and one of the most highly paid actresses in India. From Ek Tha Tiger to Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Katrina Kaif is one lucky mascot who ensures the success of a film. Kat’s net worth is around $12.27 million.