Indian movies (Bollywood) highest earning celebrity Shahrukh Khan earned in excess of 48 million USD last year, securing his title as the second richest actor in the world.
Khan was born on 2 November 1965 in New Delhi, India his father, Taj Mohammed Khan, an ethnic Pathan, was an Indian independence activist from Peshawar. According to Khan, his paternal grandfather was originally from Afghanistan.
Khan has starred in over 50 Hindi films over his glittering 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 5.5 million USD and broke several Bollywood box office records on its debut.
Shahrukh Khan was the only Bollywood star to feature in the top ten of the international celebrity rich list for 2013 – compiled by Wealth-X – and was beaten to the number one 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 highly 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 3,5 million USD. His savvy marketing skills lead Forbes Middle East to recently place him number one in their annual ranking of the world’s top Indian leaders.
Indian Bollywood remains the world’s largest filmmaking industry, producing about 1000 films each year double the output of Hollywood.