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Forbes / Virat Kohli topped the country's top 100 celebrities, Akshay's second and Salman slipped to third rank

Virat Kohli, Forbes India Top 100 Celebrities, Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone

Forbes India released the annual list of 2019 Celebrity 100 on Thursday. This is the first time a player has achieved the top position in the Forbes Celebrity 100 list. Earlier, this place was occupied by Bollywood giants. The top 100 celebrities were selected based on estimated earnings and their fame on print-social media.

Virat Kohli has got the top position. His annual earnings were 252.72 crores. This includes their match fees, central contracts from BCCI, brand endorsement and 8-digit fees from every sponsored Instagram post. In 2018, he was voted Cricketer of the Year by the ICC.

Position
Rank holder
Income
1
Virat Kohli
252.72 crores
2
Akshay Kumar
293.25 crores
3
Salman Khan
229.25 crores
4
Amitabh Bachchan
239.25 crores
5
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
135.93 crores
6
Shahrukh Khan
124.38 crores
7
Ranveer Singh
118.2 crores
8
Alia Bhatt
59.21 crores
9
Sachin Tendulkar
76.96 crores
10
Deepika Padukone
48 crores

Akshay Kumar was the second position from Bollywood, with a total earning of 293.25 crores. He is the only Indian in the Forbes US World's Highest-Paid Celebrities list of 2019. He achieved the 33rd position with an income of $ 65 million. Salman Khan got the third position this year and his earnings figure stood at 229.25 crores.

Forbes India Top 100 Celebrities

Celebrity chefs Ranveer Brar and Vikas Khanna have won the position for the first time in the top 100 list. Kalki Koechlin (93rd rank) and Saif Ali Khan (74th rank) also managed to make it to the list due to OTT platforms. The list for this time was finalized by Divya J Shekhar, Nandika Tripathi, Naini Thakar, Row Mehta Kadakia, Pranit Sarada, Salil Panchal, and Varsha Meghani.