'Tiger' Salman beats Shah Rukh and Virat in Forbes India celebrity list

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Surprisingly the top 10 celebrities on the list include only one female celebrity, Priyank Chopra. Shahrukh Khan has earned 170.5 crores this year as per official records cited by Forbes India. Shah Rukh Khan, too, retained his position at number 2, and was followed by India's cricket captain, newly-married, Virat Kohli at Number 3 with Rs 100.72 crore.

The list was released on the same day as his eagerly awaited "Tiger Zinda Hai", which is expected to add to his Rs 232.83 crore. Following him on the list is Badshah of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan, Indian skipper Virat Kohli, Khiladi Akshay Kumar and others.

As the year 2017 approaches its closure, leading magazine Forbes released its top 100 list of Indian celebrities based on their earnings this year. Khan has unseated his actor-friend Shah Rukh Khan to become the top earning celebrity of 2016. Shuttler PV Sindhu (₹57.25 crore) was the highest money gainer (in percentage terms) this year in the list, as her total earnings soared almost 17 times following her 2016 Rio Olympics silver medal.

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Despite the dismal performance of his much-awaited 2017 film Tubelight at the box-office, Khan has been able to cement his numero uno position on Forbes' list for the second time in a row. There are 13 actors from the South this year as against 11 last year.

Another celebrity that retained his position is Akshay Kumar, who minted Rs 98.25 crore.

Replacing MS Dhoni this year is another cricketer-- the legendary Sachin Tendulkar at position 5. According to Forbes, the three men collectively made ₹626.52 crore last year; this year they only made ₹504.05 crore. However, there is a huge difference in the income of the two cricketers. Hrithik Roshan and Ranveer Singh stand at position 9 and 10 with income of Rs 63.12 crore abd 62.63 crore, respectively. There is one woman in the top 10, Priyanka Chopra, at No 7 with Rs 68 crore.