Actors are some of the highest paid people in the world. This article will take a look at the Top 10 male actors in the world in 2017 based on earnings. The ranking of this list has been created using the most up to date data available on each actors’ earnings according to forbes, but, please be aware that some of the salary data may not be 100% accurate as many actors do not publicly declare their earnings. Be warned we have some ties and surprises waiting.
Let’s take a look at the highest paid actors in 2017!
10. Brad Pitt
Earnings: $31.5 million
Despite being 53 years old he is still as good looking and talented as ever. Both infront and behind the camera he made a lot of money this year. Both producing and starring in movies like "Big Shot" and "War Machine" have earned him a lot of money. Even though he recently split from Angelina Jolie he won't stop making huge amounts of money any time soon.
10. Akshay Kumar
Earnings: $31.5 million
Tied with Brad Pitt we have Mr Kumar. Not a name most people outside of India are probably familiar with. He is a prolific actor appearing in roughly 4 Bollywood films per year and also hosting a reality tv show. Similar to other celebrities he also bolsters his bank balance by endorsing major brands like Honda motorcycles.
8. Robert Downey Jr
Earnings: $33 million
A surpsie drop from the number 1 spot is Robert Downey Jr. Despite a period of relative obscurity due to a substance abuse problem between 1996 and 2001. Robert managed to relaunch his career with incredible success. Due mostly to his excellent portrayal of Tony Stark in the Iron Man franchise and Sherlock Holmes, he is now one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood. He is also a talented singer and producer. The reason for his drop to number 8 are probably related to sharing the earnings from Captain America: Civil War with his co-stars.
8. Shah Rukh Khan
Earnings: $33 million
Another tie and another Bollywood star. Currently the most successful star in India he demands multi-million dollar upfront fees and a portion of the box office profits. His endorsements and advertisement deals also help to keep his bank balance quite healthy.
7. Vin Diesel
Earnings: $35 million
His primary income has come from his onscreen appearance as a tough guy illegal street racer in all 7 Fast & Furious films with an 8th soon to be released. But this is not his only source of income as he also plays the character Riddick and has been cast to reprise his role as Groot in the comic book sensation Guardians of the Galaxy to be released later this year.
6. Ben Affleck
Earnings: $43 million
Love him or hate him, he gets paid a lot of money and is clearly a capable actor, director, writer and producer. Also he is the new Batman. "Batman vs Superman" probably wasn't the best movie, but it wasn't his fault, and it is one of the big reasons he is on this list as apart from a huge paycheck he also earned a portion of the box office profits which were an astounding $870 million. We have yet to see how he will perform in the upcoming Batman movies.
5. Johnny Depp
Earnings: $48 million
The amazingly talented Jack Sparrow. It is fitting that as he is one of the most talented actors of our time he is also one of the best paid. The huge amount of money of probably due to the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie coming to our theatres soon. Sadly for Johnny, his recent split from his wife and also his reportedly crazy spending don’t leave much of his massive earnings at the end of the year.
4. Tom Cruise
Earnings: $53 million
Tom Cruise is an incredibly talented filmmaker and actor, and is the winner of an impressive three Golden Globe Awards. He is best known for his role in Top Gun and the Mission Impossible franchise. Despite his sometimes controversial private life, his striking good looks and talent have helped him to be consistently placed as one of the top male actors in the world.
3. Matt Damon
Earnings: $55 million
If it's not Daniel Craig (James Bond), then he's definitely your favourite fictional spy (Jason Bourne). An excellent actor it's not hard to imagine why he is on the list. With recent successes like the Martian, Interstellar, Jason Bourne and the Great Wall, Damon is raking is the big contracts and also the big bucks. He is also a great writer and producer so he will never exactly be short of money.
2. Jackie Chan
Earnings: $61 million
Considered the king of action by many people his amazing KungFu skills have managed to make people the second highest earning actor in the world. But it’s not just his acting that makes him a lot of money. Jackie also has a clothing line and various other business interests that net him a tidy profit.
1. Dwayne Johnson
Earnings: $64.5 million
The massive surprise this year is Dwayne the "Rock" Johnson. The former wrestler turned action star has managed to become the highest paid actor in the world using a mix of his massive size and sense of humour. He might not be quite as good as Johnny Depp, but in his own words he has a great smile and can kick ass better than anyone else in Hollywood. Starring in the top grossing comedy of 2016 (Central Intelligence) and HBO series Ballers probably helped boost his earnings quite a bit.
Have you ever considered becoming an actor? Are you surprised at this list? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
This article was first published in March 2015.