Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan is laughing all the way to the bank. The 48-year-old Indian superstar has emerged as the second wealthiest actor, beating Tom Cruise on a Wealth-X Hollywood and Bollywood Rich List released today.
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld tops the list.
Taking the second spot, and the only Bollywood actor on the top 10 list, Shah Rukh Khan is estimated to be worth $600 million. Immensely popular around the globe as well as in India, where he is referred to in the media as “Badshah of Bollywood” or “King of Bollywood”, Khan is also a producer, co-owner of an Indian Premier League club – Kolkata Knight Riders – and a philanthropist.
Shah Rukh has appeared in more than 50 Bollywood films and is a regular at the annual Cannes Film Festival.
With an estimated net worth of $820 million, 60-year-old entertainment icon Jerry Seinfeld, the co-founder of the eponymous TV comedy “about nothing” significantly increased his fortune through off-network syndication deals for “Seinfeld”, giving him at least US$400 million in the fifth syndication agreement last year. He has also acted in numerous films, including the animated feature “Bee Movie”.
To compile the list, Wealth-X identified the wealthiest TV and movie actors from the US and India. The combined personal fortunes of the stars on the list total US$4.68 billion.
Several Academy Award winners are featured on the list, including three-time Oscar winner Jack Nicholson, who has a net worth of $400 million, which puts the 77-year-old actor in 7th spot. Tom Hanks, who won best actor Oscars for “Philadelphia” and “Forrest Gump”, is in 8th place with a personal fortune of US$390 million. Clint Eastwood, who at 84 is the oldest actor in the Rich List, has an estimated personal fortune of US$370 million, making him the 9th wealthiest actor on the list.