Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, whose earnings between October 2011 and September 2012 amounted to Rs.202.8 crore, has topped the inaugural Forbes India Celebrity 100 list.
The list, a ranking of India's biggest entertainers based on their income and popularity, also features Bollywood superstar Salman Khan and cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni on the second and third spot, respectively.
Both Salman and Dhoni are ahead of Shah Rukh in terms of popularity and fame, but King Khan occupies the top spot courtesy his earning power, mainly riding on massive income from brand endorsements, according to the official website of the magazine.
By Forbes India estimates, SRK, who also features on the magazine's cover, earned Rs 202.8 crore, compared to Salman's Rs 144.2 crore and Dhoni's Rs 135.16 crore in the said period.
The Forbes India's special edition "decodes what lies behind the success of India's biggest creative entrepreneurs across eight categories: film actors, directors, sport stars, TV personalities, singers/musicians, authors, models and comedians",it said
The list was arrived at after a rigorous data collection process that considered the celebrities' income (from the business of entertainment) and fame (as measured by media mentions, online presence and social media followers) in a definite time period.
Dhoni, captain of the Indian cricket team, is the top sportsperson, while Oscar-winning composer A.R.Rahman leads the pack of singers/musicians and is the only representative of the category in the top 20.
A majority of celebrities who made it to the list fall in the age bracket of 30 to 50. However, 12 youngsters, including Saina Nehwal, Virat Kohli, Anusukha Sharma and Sania Mirza have broken into the top 50.
At 23, Saina Nehwal is the youngest celebrity on the list.
The special edition of the magazine will hit stands Saturday.
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its abt india' celebrity.n everyone in india here loves cricket n r crazy for him.so no doubt he has a very strong fan following n salman is a very good natured person n every one frm a child to an old person likes him n luvs his helping, cherry merry nature.he is nt nly an actor bt now a days he is becoming a nyc person too.so no doubt in fans n popularity of these two in india.n its not an international list.its only Forbes India Celebrity list.so no need to need to compare them cz they r very much popular in India..
P.S. i dnt hate srk bt i luv dhoni n salman..
Edited on:24 January 2013 at 11:02pm
love u shahrukh khan ,u r the best..
and one more thing,,i donot know about the fame in india etc,,bt since muhabbtain and dil waly dulhaniya ly jae gy,,i know the name shahrukh khan and at that time,i donot saw his face..bt people always talk about indian movies along with shahrukh khan..and media till now call him king khan.and king of bollywood.
i donot beleive in comparisons ,bcoz shahrukh khan is beyond comparision and a ordinary failure cannot affect king territory..king khan was,is and will be king of bollywood.
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