Jackie Chan is highest-paid Asian celebrity on 2017 Forbes Celebrity 100 list

Jackie Chan is highest-paid Asian celebrity on 2017 Forbes Celebrity 100 list
Jackie Chan
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Action star Jackie Chan has been named amongst some of the world's highest-paid celebrities after raking in US$49 million (S$67.7 million) over the past 12 months.

Forbes listed him as the top-ranked Asian celebrity on their global list, coming in at the 39th spot.

Last year, Chan was named the world's second highest-paid actor on Forbes' global list. The 62-year-old movie star had made a total of US$61 million.

While he hasn't had a huge box office hit in the US of late, he remains active in the Chinese entertainment market with several films under his belt, including 'Dragon Blade'.

Chan also handles his own branded merchandise and owns a Beijing cinema chain that's growing, NextShark reported.

Co-founder of the New York Asian Film Festival Grady Hendrix once referred to Chan as "the Mickey Mouse of Chinese culture" due to the success and fame he's acquired over the years.

Other Asian stars who made the cut in this year's Forbes list include Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan (US$38 million), Salman Khan (US$37 million) and Akshay Kumar (US$35.5 million) who each came in at number 65, 71 and 80 respectively.

Rapper turned producer and entrepreneur Diddy topped the list, with a career-best of US$130 million.

Most of his wealth comes from his partnership with Diageo's Ciroc vodka as well as the sale of a majority interest in his Sean John clothing line.

Following closely behind Diddy are US popstar Beyonce, author J.K. Rowling, rapper Drake and footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.

Gracing the cover of this year's Celebrity 100 issue is singer The Weeknd, who comes in at the sixth spot on the list.

ssandrea@sph.com.sg

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