Forbes revealed its Indian list of Celebrity 100 for 2019 and you will be surprised to see that cricketer Virat Kohli left all actors behind to take the first position. The Indian cricket team captain replaced Salman Khan on the first position as the handsome actor climbed down to number 3.
The second position was taken by Akshay Kumar who had several film releases this year and was also a part of many brand endorsements, making a big chunk of his annual earnings.
Virat managed his uphill task to the top position, and was successful for the first time in eight years since the launch of Forbes India Celebrity 100 List, to replace all Indian actors. He earned Rs 252.72 crore between October 1, 2018, and September 30, 2019. His earnings are a collective of match fees, the BCCI central contract, brand endorsements and an eight-figure fee for every sponsored Instagram post.
Second on the list, Akshay Kumar earned Rs 293.25 crore while Salman Khan, who ruled at the top since 2016 slipped to number 3 with Rs 229.25.
Amitabh Bachchan is on number 4 while MS Dhoni totals the top five on the list.
Another interesting thing to note is that we have two female actors in the top 10 list: Alia Bhatt and Deepika Padukone (number 8 and 10 respectively).
As for other female actors, we have first-time entrants Disha Patani, Kriti Sanon and Sara Ali Khan — who made it because of their films, endorsements and overall buzz around them this year that translated to money.
Shah Rukh Khan kept steady in the top ten list, even though he had no release this year. He did not sign up for anything, up until now, after the debacle of ‘Zero’.
Forbes also accounted into the picture the role of OTT platforms this year, that heavily impacted the earnings of actors as they were a part of popular series. It particularly changed the fate of actors, Kalki Koechlin who was seen in ‘Made in Heaven’, ‘Sacred Games’ and Saif Ali Khan who was seen in ‘Sacred Games’.