• Deepika Padukone becomes first Indian to join Forbes’ highest paid actresses list

    Riding high on success after success and now starring in a famous Hollywood movie series, Fast and Furious, Deepika Padukone is at the peak of her career. And here is another feather in her cap. She has made to the number 10 in  the Forbes list of highest paid actresses. This is the first time an Indian actress has joined the list.

    Her net-worth as on 1 June, 2016 is about 10 million dollars which comprises earnings from both movies and endorsements, although the latter contribute more to her earnings,  according to Forbes. The most money-making among all of her ads have been for Vistara airlines and Tanishq jewellery. According to Forbes, Deepika, who made her Bollywood film debut in 2007 with the Shah Rukh Khan starrer Om Shanti Om, has “since starred in several films that have crossed the $150 million or 100 crore mark “a barometer for box office success in India”. Deepika “has also become something of a style icon” launching her own label for an Indian online shopping site, as reported by Indian Express.

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    Jennifer Lawrence with 46 million dollars in earnings, has made it to the top again this year, repeating her last year’s feat.  She is the only actress whose total net worth is largely because of the profit her latest part of the series The Hunger Games has made. The net worth is calculated from 1 June 2015 to 1 June 2016 before fees and taxes.

    Melissa McCarthy from Ghostbusters came second with 33 million dollars and her money comes mostly from the all-sizes clothing line that she started this year. Scarlett Johanssen came third with 25 million dollars; Jennifer Aniston followed her at number four with 21 million dollars and Chinese actor Fan Bingbing came fifth at 17 million dollars.

    This year’s list closed down with 10 actresses while last year it had 18 women. Sandra Bullock, Angelina Jolie, Reese Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz failed to made it to the list from last year and Kristen Wiig, Renee Zellweger and Cate Blanchett missed the 10 million cut by very small amounts.

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    The male actors list is topped by Robert Downey Jr. at 80 million which is almost the double of what the highest paid female actor has. And a large sum of Downey Jr’s money came from the popularity of his character Iron Man. The wage pay disparity became quite apparent with the comparison of both the lists.

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