LOS ANGELES: Actor Dwayne Johnson has thanked his fans for their wishes after being named the world’s highest-paid actor by Forbes magazine. The 44-year-old San Andreas star shared a picture of himself on Instagram and said it will always push him to work even harder in life.
“Somewhere along this crazy road I learned (often times the hard way) the most important things I can do is be authentic, trust my gut, be the hardest worker in the room, celebrate the mistakes, be a grateful man and always remember that it’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.
“Thank you guys for everything. Tequila’s on me. Let’s get to work,” he wrote. Johnson, also known as ‘The Rock’, elbowed out reigning Downey Jr to become the world’s highest-paid, grossing USD 64.5 million, and scored his biggest ever annual paycheck in the process. The erstwhile wrestler’s millions came from upfront fees for movies including “Central Intelligence” and “Fast 8,” as well as the forthcoming “Baywatch.”
He bested second-ranked Jackie Chan (USD 61 million), who mints money with movies in China, and Matt Damon (third), who tallied USD 55 million largely off the success of The Martian.
In the year 2016, four Bollywood stars made it to the Forbes’ list of world’s top 20 highest-paid actors and their names are Shah Rukh Khan (number 8 with $33 million in earnings), Akshay Kumar (number 10 with $31.5 million), Salman Khan(number 14 with $28.5 million) and Amitabh Bachchan (number 18 with $20 million). Shah Rukh Khan, who was missing from the top earners’ list last year, is back with a vengeance.