Bollywood idol Shah Rukh Khan is world's second richest actor

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 May, 2014, 11:16pm
UPDATED : Friday, 23 May, 2014, 1:39am


Bollywood's highest-earning celebrity, Shah Rukh Khan, earned in excess of US$48 million last year, securing his title as the second richest actor in the world.

The 48-year-old, dubbed King Khan, out-earned Hollywood stars such as Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp in 2013, and has an estimated personal fortune of US$600 million.

Khan has starred in more than 50 Hindi films over his 20-year career, co-owns the Indian Premier League cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders and has his own successful production company.

His latest film, Chennai Express, earned him US$5 million and broke several Bollywood box-office records on its debut.

Khan was the only Bollywood star to feature in the top 10 of the international celebrity rich list for 2013 - compiled by Wealth-X - and was beaten to the No1 spot by Jerry Seinfeld.

Married to Indian film producer Gauri Chibber, Khan's vast fortune includes homes in Mumbai, Delhi, Dubai and London.

Much of the Bollywood king's wealth comes from lucrative endorsement deals with companies such as Nokia, Pepsi and Tag Heuer. He is reportedly in talks with a spice brand for an endorsement which would see him pocket another US$3.4 million.

His marketing skills led Forbes Middle East to recently place him No1 in their ranking of Indian leaders in business.

Bollywood is the world's largest filmmaking industry, producing about 1,000 films each year - double the output of Hollywood.