This year, two celebrated sportspersons, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and Indian shuttler PV Sindhu, made it to the coveted ‘Forbes India Celebrity 100 list’. Ace badminton player PV Sindhu has become the highest money gainer with Rs 57.25 crore (in percentage terms), as her total earnings soared nearly 17 times. Sindhu’s earnings propelled by several brand endorsements following her phenomenal win at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
2017 has proved to be a great one for Sindhu as the Rio Olympic silver medalist won 3 major super series titles, Syed Modi International, India Open and Korea Open. Sindhu ended 2017 with a silver medal in Dubai BWF Super Series. She lost to Akane Yamaguchi in a hard-fought three-setter.
Besides Sindhu, Bollywood actor Salman Khan reclaimed the top spot for the second consecutive year. The Tubelight actor earned Rs 232.83 crore, backed by endorsements of several consumer-facing brands. In fact, his earnings constitute 8.67 percent of the total earnings, Rs 2,683 crore-of the top 100 celebrities for the year.
Shah Rukh Khan, with Rs. 170.5 crore, also retained his position at number two as did India’s cricket captain Virat Kohli, with Rs. 100.72 crore, at the third spot. Actress Priyanka Chopra was the only female celebrity in the top 10 list.
The 2017 Forbes India Celebrity 100 List rankings are based on estimates of entertainment-related earnings of celebrities. The period under consideration is October 1, 2016, to September 30, 2017.