Newly married American actor, Dwayne Johnson, US actor and former professional wrestler better known as ‘The Rock’, has secured the top spot on Forbes list of world’s ’10 highest-paid male actors’ — earning a total sum of $89.4 million between June 1, 2018 and June 1, 2019.
The American business magazine released the list on Wednesday.
The talented movie star, who recently got married to Lauren Hashian, his long-time girlfriend, topped the list for the first time since 2016, while George Clooney, the ‘highest-paid actor for 2018’, failed to make the list.
“It seems he makes the audience happy. Johnson has landed a pay formula as close to the famed twenty-twenty deal of yore as any star can get these days. He’ll collect an upfront salary of up to $23.5 million—his highest quote yet—for the forthcoming Jumanji: The Next Level,” said Forbes.
“He also commands up to 15% of the pool from high-grossing franchise movies, including Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which had a worldwide box office of $962.1 million. He also gets paid $700,000 per episode for HBO’s Ballers and seven figures in royalties for his line of clothing, shoes and headphones with Under Armour.”
Chris Hemsworth and Robert Hemsworth, ‘Avengers’ stars, took the second and third spots respectively, while Akshay Kumar, Bollywood star, and Jackie Chan, veteran actor and stuntman, rounded up the top five spots.
Below are the world’s 10 highest-paid male actors 2019:
- Dwayne Johnson – $89.4m (£73.6m)
- Chris Hemsworth – $76.4m (£62.9m)
- Robert Downey Jr – $66m (£54.4m)
- Akshay Kumar – $65m (£53.5m)
- Jackie Chan – $58m (£47.8m)
- Bradley Cooper – $57m (£46.9m)
- Adam Sandler – $57m (£46.9m)
- Chris Evans – $43m (£35.4m)
- Paul Rudd – $41m (£33.8m)
- Will Smith – $35m (£28.8m)
The highest-paid actresses list is expected to be released by Forbes on Friday.
Addressing his accomplishments and well known work ethic on Instagram, the mega-star wrote, “I work extremely hard but never anticipated (in my wildest dreams) I’d become the highest paid actor in Forbes’ history. I don’t have a Harvard MBA, but my business philosophy and acumen has been sharpened over time and thru failure. My goal when I was wrestling in flea markets for $40bucks per match (well before the bright lights of the @wwe) is still the exact same goal I have today – ALWAYS put my AUDIENCE FIRST. I have one boss – the world. Send you home happy, and I’ve done my job. I’m the dude who started w/ $7bucks. I’m grateful to the bone and hungry to the core.”