Best-paid actors worldwide in 2017, by annual income (in million U.S. dollars)

Best-paid worldwide actors 2017 This statistic displays the earnings of the world's best-paid actors between June 2016 and June 2017. Vin Diesel, born as Mark Sinclair, known for the Fast and Furious franchise ranked third, with an income of 54.5 million U.S. dollars. The list also includes a Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan, with an income of 38 million U.S. dollars, and Akshay Kumar, with an income of 35.5 million U.S. dollars.
Best-paid actors in the world – additional information

Mark Wahlberg was the best-paid actor worldwide in 2017. His 68 million U.S. dollars paycheck included the movies 'Daddy's Home 2' and 'Transformers: The Last Knight'. The second-placed actor, Dwayne Johnson, who had an income of 65 million U.S. dollars in 2017, mainly received his fees from movies 'Baywatch' and 'Jumanji', while Vin Diesel in third place had earnings of 54.5 million U.S. dollars, mostly thanks to the success of the 'Fast and the Furious' franchise.

With regards to the film, TV, music, and sports sector, all of the top 10 highest-paid celebrities had a higher income than the best-paid actors. Diddy earned an estimated 130 million U.S. dollars in 2017, almost double Mark Wahlberg’s earnings. Beyoncé claimed the second spot on the list, banking 105 million U.S. dollars, with the author J.K. Rowling coming in third, having earned 95 million U.S. dollars.

Hollywood actors also tend to have a higher income than Hollywood actresses. Emma Stone, known for her role in box office hit 'La La Land', has the highest annual income amongst Hollywood actresses, with earnings of 26 million U.S. dollars in 2017.
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Annual income in million U.S. dollars
Mark Wahlberg68
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson65
Vin Diesel54.5
Adam Sandler50.5
Jackie Chan49
Robert Downey Jr.48
Tom Cruise43
Shah Rukh Khan38
Salman Khan37
Akshay Kumar35.5
Chris Hemsworth31.5
Tom Hanks31
Samuel L. Jackson30.5
Ryan Gosling29
Ryan Reynolds21.5
Matt Damon21
Jeremy Renner19
Chris Evans18
Chris Pratt17
Mark Ruffalo13
Annual income in million U.S. dollars
Mark Wahlberg68
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson65
Vin Diesel54.5
Adam Sandler50.5
Jackie Chan49
Robert Downey Jr.48
Tom Cruise43
Shah Rukh Khan38
Salman Khan37
Akshay Kumar35.5
Chris Hemsworth31.5
Tom Hanks31
Samuel L. Jackson30.5
Ryan Gosling29
Ryan Reynolds21.5
Matt Damon21
Jeremy Renner19
Chris Evans18
Chris Pratt17
Mark Ruffalo13
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This statistic displays the earnings of the world's best-paid actors between June 2016 and June 2017. Vin Diesel, born as Mark Sinclair, known for the Fast and Furious franchise ranked third, with an income of 54.5 million U.S. dollars. The list also includes a Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan, with an income of 38 million U.S. dollars, and Akshay Kumar, with an income of 35.5 million U.S. dollars.
Best-paid actors in the world – additional information

Mark Wahlberg was the best-paid actor worldwide in 2017. His 68 million U.S. dollars paycheck included the movies 'Daddy's Home 2' and 'Transformers: The Last Knight'. The second-placed actor, Dwayne Johnson, who had an income of 65 million U.S. dollars in 2017, mainly received his fees from movies 'Baywatch' and 'Jumanji', while Vin Diesel in third place had earnings of 54.5 million U.S. dollars, mostly thanks to the success of the 'Fast and the Furious' franchise.

With regards to the film, TV, music, and sports sector, all of the top 10 highest-paid celebrities had a higher income than the best-paid actors. Diddy earned an estimated 130 million U.S. dollars in 2017, almost double Mark Wahlberg’s earnings. Beyoncé claimed the second spot on the list, banking 105 million U.S. dollars, with the author J.K. Rowling coming in third, having earned 95 million U.S. dollars.

Hollywood actors also tend to have a higher income than Hollywood actresses. Emma Stone, known for her role in box office hit 'La La Land', has the highest annual income amongst Hollywood actresses, with earnings of 26 million U.S. dollars in 2017.
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August 2017
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Worldwide
Survey time period
June 1, 2016 and June 1, 2017
Supplementary notes
Forbes methodology: "Figures are based on data from Nielsen, BoxOffice Mojo and IMDB, as well as interviews with agents, managers and lawyers."

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