Robert Downey Jr. is highest-paid actor again

Robert Downey Jr., for the third year in a row, is the world’s highest-paid actor ($80 million), but that’s not the real news in Forbes’ annual list of leading men with enviable bank balances.

Thus, Bollywood superstars Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar are No. 7 ($33.5 million) , No. 8 ($33.5 million)  and No. 9 ($32.5 million) in the top 10 this year.

They rank ahead of Mark Wahlberg at No. 10 ($32 million), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at No. 11 ($31.5 million) and Johnny Depp at No. 12 ($30 million), for instance.

Above them are: Vin Diesel at No. 3 ($47 million), Bradley Cooper at No. 4 ($41.5 million), Adam Sandler at No. 5 ($41 million) and Tom Cruise at No. 6 ($40 million).

Downey remains the Iron Man among the highly compensated thanks to that franchise: Avengers: Age of Ultron earned $240 million gross in China alone. But America, long accustomed to bestriding the world as the Colossus of the movies, has to make room on the list for other nationalities and languages.

“From Hollywood to Hong Kong and Bollywood, the ranking examines international stars’ earnings for the first truly global dollar tally of film’s flushest stars,” Forbeswriter Natalie Robehmed says in the article.

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