As the Bollywood industry continues to grow into a lucrative global entity, the actors who are dominating and winning awards are earning millions of rupees. This list of the richest Bollywood actors in India is packed with familiar faces from film, television, and music alike.
While many of the actors in this list draw their income from film roles, some of these stars have also transitioned into becoming entrepreneurs, making their fortunes with companies ranging from real estate to beverages.
From Akshay Kumar to Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, the men on this list have come a long way since first starting out in Bollywood.
The top 10 richest Bollywood actors in India and the featured list of the richest Bollywood actors in India can be seen below.
1) Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan is one of India’s most popular and successful Bollywood actors. Hailing from the city of Delhi, SRK starred in his first film at the age of 19. He has since won numerous awards for his acting and has been featured in over 75 films throughout his long career.
His recent movie Zero was released in December 2018 and grossed over ₹186 crores worldwide. Khan is also the Indian Premier League cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner. He made his fortune with his numerous film roles and has had several endorsements deals with top brands over the years.
2) Aamir Khan
Aamir Khan, who was born and raised in Mumbai, is one of India’s most famous actors. He began his career at a young age, starring in the television serial Paanchvi Paar, which ran between 1983-84.
He made his film debut with the movie Dehar in 1988, writing and directing it as well. He has since starred in over 120 films and is the highest-paid actor in Bollywood, earning an estimated ₹22 crores per film within 5-6 years of being a star.
Aamir Khan is also the founder of his own production company and owns several MNCs with his wife Kiran Rao, who is a well-known fashion designer. The couple has two daughters named Ira and Isha.
3) Hrithik Roshan
Hrithik Roshan is an Indian film actor and producer who works in Hindi cinema. He rose to fame at the age of 6 years old when he acted in the movie Krrish. Hrithik has since acted in over 80 films and has been featured in over 5 Hollywood movies.
He is the recipient of many awards for his acting, blogging, and philanthropic roles. He will also be starring in his first feature film with Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra, which will be released later this year.
4) Salman Khan
Salman Khan, a Hindu Muslim, is the popular Indian Bollywood movie star who is known for his comedy, action, and thriller roles. He rose to fame in 1992 at the age of 17 and has since acted in over 100 films.
He has a net worth of ₹7,000 crores and has endorsed several Pepsi and Nissan. He is also the founder of his own production company Being Human, and has his own line of clothing as well. Salman Khan is also a philanthropist who donates and raises money for charities.
5) Akshay Kumar
Born in India and of Punjabi Rajput heritage, Akshay Kumar is one of Bollywood’s most popular actors. He also has a successful career in Hollywood and has been featured in several Hollywood movies.
He has received several awards for his performances in the movies like Airlift (2016) and Rustom (2016). His net worth is estimated at over ₹6,000 crores. Akshay Kumar is also an active voice in politics, both within and outside his film industry.
6) Amitabh Bachchan
After winning a beauty pageant, Amitabh Bachchan started his Bollywood career in the 1960s. He became one of the most prominent actors in the Indian film industry, appearing in over 700 films throughout his long career.
He is one of the highest-paid actors in Bollywood, earning over ₹9 crores per film within just 7 years of being a star. Bachchan has also written several books, acted in television and radio serials, and is an active voice within Bollywood.
7) Shahid Kapoor
Shahid Kapoor is one of Bollywood’s most popular actors. He has been the recipient of several awards and honors over the years. He began his acting career in 2008 and has since acted in over 35 movies.
His first film was Ishq Vishk, and since then, he has appeared in movies like Kaminey, Udta Punjab, Padmavati, Rangoon, and Padmaavat. His recent movie ‘Padmaavat’ was released in early January 2018 and grossed more than ₹250 crores worldwide. He has also received several awards, including the Filmfare Best Actor Award in 2016.
8) Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra is an Indian actress, singer, philanthropist, and social activist. At the age of 7, she started her acting career in 2002 and has since become one of India’s most popular actors.
She has been featured in over 15 films from 2008-2017. She began her singing career at the age of 10 and had a brief revival in 2012 with the song “Channa Mereya” from the movie Chennai Express. In 2017, she was featured in a biopic on the life of Guru Dutt, which was well-received. Chopra has also been featured in several Hollywood films as well.
9) Ranbir Kapoor
Ranbir Kapoor is one of India’s most popular actors, beginning his acting career in Hindi cinema at the age of 6 years old. He has since acted in over 35 movies and is known for his work in films such as Rocket Singh: Salesman of the year (2009), Barfi! (2012), and Sanju (2018).
He has several endorsement deals with top companies and receives numerous awards and honors. In 2018, Ranbir began a production company named RK Films with his sister Riddhima Kapoor. He usually acts in romantic roles and has been referred to as “the most handsome star of Bollywood.”
10) Sonam Kapoor
Sonam Kapoor is one of India’s most popular actresses who started her acting career at 12. She has appeared in over 20 Hindi films since then and is praised for her roles in movies like Raanjhanaa (2013), Kapoor and Sons (2016), Neerja (2016), and Anand L. Rai’s upcoming film, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, set to release in February 2018.
Kapoor is the recipient of many awards and honors within the film industry. She has been featured in several advertisements for brands including Ponds, Wellness Fairness, and Myntra.
Many actors in Bollywood earn a substantial amount of money, but when you look at the real reason why they are making so much money, it’s because they are known for their philanthropic efforts.
This list shows us how much Bollywood’s biggest stars make from their film productions. However, it is clear that they are doing much more than just acting and singing. They are also investing in various industries outside of the film industry to stack up their already massive amount of money.