Mumbai, December 12: Hrithik Roshan might have beaten Salman Khan in the race for the Sexiest Asian Man 2014 title, but Salman Khan has won a bigger battle. He has toppled arch-rival Shah Rukh Khan to gain the No.1 spot in the 2014 Forbes India Celebrity 100 list! Shah Rukh Khan was on top of the business magazine’s Celebrity 100 list for three years before that. According to Forbes, Salman Khan has taken over from Shah Rukh Khan in popularity as well as revenue for 2014.
How is that possible? Didn’t Shah Rukh Khan also have a release in 2014 – Happy New Year? Forbes reasons the period considered for their India Celebrity 100 list is October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014. And since Happy New Year released in October 2014 ahead of Diwali, SRK could not compete with Salman Khan for the No.1 position. Meanwhile, Salman had a huge hit in 2014 with Kick and also hosts Bigg Boss 8.
Shah Rukh Khan is listed at No. 3 on the 2014 Forbes India Celebrity 100 list. And guess who is No.2 – Amitabh Bachchan, the legendary actor whom SRK tries to ape! While Hrithik Roshan stands at a meek No.9, followed by Sachin Tendulkar at No.10.
Here’s a list of the Top 10 stars in the 2014 Forbes India Celebrity 100 list:
1. Salman Khan Rs 244.50 crore
2. Amitabh Bachchan Rs 196.75 crore
3. Shah Rukh Khan Rs 202.40 crore
4. MS Dhoni Rs 141.80 crore
5. Akshay Kumar Rs 172.00 crore
6. Virat Kohli Rs 58.43 crore
7. Aamir Khan Rs 80.47 crore
8. Deepika Padukone Rs 67.20 crore
9. Hrithik Roshan Rs 85.00 crore
10. Sachin Tendulkar Rs 59.54 crore.
About Salman Khan, Forbes says: “Though controversy and court cases continue to dog the actor, his clout has only continued to grow with his box office hits, TV appearances and his charitable trust ‘Being Human’.” We agree.