The Avengers star, Robert Downey Jr has topped Forbes magazine’s annual list of the top-earning actors of 2015, there are definitely a few surprise.
Robert Downey Jr, who plays Iron Man in the Marvel superhero chronicles, made an estimated $80m over the past 12 months, beating out fellow Hollywood behemoths such as Johnny Depp, Vin Diesel, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper, Tom Cruise, and Daniel Craig.
Probably the most surprising name on the list of highest paid film stars — Chinese actor and martial arts veteran, Jackie Chan comes in at #2, who Forbes reports he earned $50 million in the past year.
Jackie Chan came in ahead of Vin Diesel, who grabbed 3rd place with $47 million. I think Vin Diesel, will be on this list for the next few years due solely to his role in the Fast & Furious franchise franchise.
Rounding off the top 5 are Bradley Cooper, an insanely talented actor, and Pixels star Adam Sandler.
The rest of the top-10 were Amitabh Bachchan, with $33.5 million; Salman Khan, with $33.5 million, Akshay Kumar, with $32.5 million, and Mark Wahlberg, with $32 million.
Daniel Craig, who is married to actress Rachel Weisz, has become the only British actor to make it onto the list of highest paid stars of 2015. Daniel Craig, the James Bond actor, came in 15th on the list, earning $27 million.
For the first time, the list featured high-earning Bollywood stars, with four of the top 10 highest paid actors hailing from outside Hollywood.
The World’s Highest-Paid Actors 2015
1. Robert Downey, Jr. $80 million
2. Jackie Chan $50 million
3. Vin Diesel $47 million
4. Bradley Cooper $41.5 million
5. Adam Sandler $41 million
6. Tom Cruise $40 million
7. Amitabh Bachchan $33.5 million
7. Salman Khan $33.5 million
9. Akshay Kumar $32.5 million
10. Mark Wahlberg $32 million
11. Dwayne Johnson $31.5 million
12. Johnny Depp $30 million
13. Leonardo Dicaprio $29 million
14. Channing Tatum $29 million
15. Chris Hemsworth $27 million
15. Daniel Craig $27 million
17. Matthew McConaughey $26.5 million
18. Shah Rukh Khan $26 million
18. Will Smith $26 million
20. Matt Damon $25 million
21. Hugh Jackman $23 million
22. Ben Affleck $19.5 million
22. Liam Neeson $19.5 million
24. Chow Yun-fat $18 million
24. Russell Crowe $18 million
26. Seth Rogen $17 million
27. George Clooney $16.5 million
28. Brad Pitt $16 million
28. Jonah Hill $16 million
30. Will Ferrell $15 million
30. Ranbir Kapoor $15 million
32. Chris Evans $13.5 million
33. Chris Pratt $13 million
33. Andy Lau $13 million
*Note: Magazine said the 34 highest-paid actors, who come from seven countries, “earned a combined $941 million before taxes and fees between June 1, 2014 and June 1, 2015”.
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