Virat Kohli has registered more than 100% increase in his gross annual earnings over the previous year (2017), but India’s highest-paid brand icon fails to beat Salman Khan in the race to be the highest earning Indian celebrity for 2018.
Salman Khan is the lone performer to do better than Kohli in Forbes’ list of India’s Top 100 highest earning celebrities for 2018. The list dominated by the film personalities and cricket stars is spearheaded by Salman with annual gross income of ₹253.25 crore, up from ₹232.83 crore in 2017.
Kohli in the second position has been the best performer in terms of growth in annual earnings – reaching ₹228.09 crore in 2018 from his gross revenues of ₹100.72 crore a year ago.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni like a vintage win is showing a grand upscale in his commercial value, reaching ₹101.77 crore this year from his annual 2017 gross revenue of ₹68.75. He occupies the five positon in the list behind Deepika Padukone (₹112.8 crore) and ahead of Aamir Khan (₹97.5 crore). The Mahanayak Amitabh, with an over 100 growth in annual revenues, comes next at No. 7 for his annual gross income of ₹97.5 crore.
Master Blaster, once the highest earning sports star in the country and the first ₹100 crore sports celebrity, with a marginal decline in annual revenues is placed 9th – ₹80 crore as against ₹82.5 crore in 2017.
PV Sindhu in the absence of any major success this year, has failed to match the post-Olympic euphoria. The badminton queen of India is placed 20th in the list as her annual earnings go down to ₹36.5 crore from ₹57.25 a year ago. The biggest percentile fall in the top 100 chart.
The other sports personalities in the top 100 list include Rohit Sharma (23rd with ₹31.49 crore), Hardik Pandya (27th with ₹28.4 cr), R Ashwni (44th with 18.9 cr), Suresh Raina (55th with ₹16.54 cr), Saina Nehwal (58th with ₹16.54 cr), KL Rahul (59th with ₹16.48 cr), Jaspreet Bumrah (60th with ₹16.42 cr), Shikhar Dhawan (62nd with ₹16.26 cr), Ravindra Jadeja (68th with 15.39 cr), Manish Pandey (77th with 13.8 cr), Ajinkaya Rahane (78th with 12.02 cr), Srikanth Kidmabi (87th with 10.5 cr), golfer Shubhankar Sharma (98th with ₹4.5 cr) and Rohan Bopanna (99th with 3.27 cr).