Forbes says George Clooney is world's highest paid actor

George Clooney Dwayne Johnson and Robert Downey Jr

George Clooney Dwayne Johnson and Robert Downey Jr

Of course, that's pre-tax, but it's still not too shabby for just a year's worth of work.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, a frequent on the list came in second at $124 million.

Forbes chalked it up to the $1 billion purchase of Clooney's company, Casamigos Tequila by Diageo, which earned Clooney a paycheck of $239 million. Johnson appeared in a few blockbusters this year including Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

Dwayne Johnson ranked second, with his massive social media following helping him almost double his 2017 earnings.

"Social media has become the most critical element of marketing a movie for me". The actor starred in hits like Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War. (USD 81 million), followed by Chris Hemsworth (USD 64.5 million) at the fourth place.

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Forbes said that its pretax earnings estimates are "based on data from Nielsen, ComScore, Box Office Mojo and IMDB, as well as interviews with industry insiders". Forbes said he also earned six-figures for each live comedy act he performed in the previous year.

Jackie Chan is no. 5 with $45.5 million and Will Smith made $42 million to claim the no. 6 spot.

Two Bollywood actors, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar, made it to the top ten. Collectively, the men raked in an impressive $748.5 million.

The top 10 actors earned some US$784 million collectively, according to Forbes, once again dwarfing the top 10 women who earned a cumulative US$186 million in the same period.

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