All Bollywood stars are rich. Identifying the top 5 richest of them is slightly challenging because, quite understandably, they are not eager to publicly discuss their assets . Besides, media opinions regarding the richest Bollywood stars vary.
One of the little-known facts of the world is that Bollywood was born a full 10 years before Hollywood. Bollywood generates over double the number of movies Hollywood does every year and earns twice as much as Hollywood in the domestic market; although Hollywood earns 50 times more than Bollywood in the international market. Bollywood is India’s most powerful entertainer, churning out movies at the rate of five per year. It is little wonder that Bollywood stars earn tons of cash, not only from movies, but also by endorsing top brands and managing their own businesses.
Emirates 24/7 and Top Fives of Everything, among others, agree that the following are the top five richest Bollywood stars although they position them differently.
Top 1 – Shah Rukh Khan
Popularly known as King Khan, Shah Rukh Khan has a large fan base and reportedly demands as much as $9 million per movie. He has played the main role in around hundred movies in various genres such as family dramas, action, romance, and thrillers.
Widely acclaimed as the top movie star in the very history of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan has bagged a number of industry awards such as 8 Best Actor Filmfare Awards and the Padma Shree Award for his invaluable contributions to the Hindi filmdom. An actor, TV star, entrepreneur, and movie producer, Shah Rukh Khan’s net worth is $600 million.
Top 2 – Salman Khan
Salman Khan charged $11.3 million for his latest movie Ek Tha Tiger, which turned out to be a super hit. He has played the star role in over 80 Hindi movies, of which the blockbusters were Bodyguard, Dabangg1, Dabangg 2, Ek Tha Tiger, and Ready. Khan has also won a couple of industry awards and his net worth is $200 million.
Top 3 - Amir Khan
Amir Khan is known to charge as much as $10.2 million per movie. A great actor and a perfectionist by nature, he chooses his movies with care, making sure that they have high potential to become blockbusters.
3 Idiots, his comedy movie of 2009, became the Hindi movie that grossed the highest revenue in the history of Bollywood. He is not only an actor, but also a writer, producer, and director, famous for movies such as Lagaan and Raja Hindusthani. His net worth is $180 million.
Top 4 - Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar, whose net worth is $65 million, has one major aim in life; he wants to charge Rs. 100 crore or $18.5 million for a movie. So far, the highest he has charged is Rs. 45 crore or $8.3 million, which is as much as Amir Khan charged for 3 Idiots. No longer one of the top Bollywood actors, he is certainly one of its best, having acted in over 100 movies and achieved fame as a producer, actor, and martial artist.
Top 5 - Hrithik Roshan
Hrithik, who began acting in movies in his childhood, has been known to charge as much as $5.5 million per movie. His movie “Kaho Na Pyaar Hai” not only brought him name and fame, but helped him bag 3 Best Actor Filmfare Awards. His net worth is $30 million.
What about the female stars? Although reportedly earning less than the male stars, many of them are filthy rich. Emirates 24/7 reports that three of them—Kareena Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bacchan, and Farah Khan—earn more than their husbands, who are also associated with Bollywood.