SRK tops Forbes India celeb list

MUMBAI: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has climbed back to the numero uno spot on the 2015 Forbes India Celebrity 100 list. Having slipped to number three last year, he has wrested back the top position from Bajrangi Bhaijaan star Salman Khan.

Salman has dropped to the second slot this year, a statement said. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has slipped to the third slot (from number two last year) while cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni maintains his rank at number four.

SRK’s earnings are estimated at INRs 257.5 crore, the highest ever any celebrity has made in the four-year history of the Forbes India Celebrity 100 list. In fact, his earnings make up as much as nine per cent of the total wealth of the top 100 celebrities this year — INRs 2,819 crore.

While the Forbes India Rich List focuses on net worth, the Celebrity 100 list is arrived at by measuring money (earnings estimates) and fame. The list includes movie actors, television stars, sportspersons, authors, film directors, music directors, singers and stand-up comedians. Their gross pre-tax earnings are combined with their fame scores to arrive at the Forbes India Celebrity 100 List.

On the fame rankings, the Chennai Express actor still lags behind at number four, with Big B reigning at number one with over 18 million followers on Twitter, the highest-ever for any celebrity on the list.

Actor Aamir Khan, has also made it to the top five for the first time.