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

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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.

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The 5 most well-paid Asians in Forbes' list of highest paid celebrities

  • Coming in at #39, Jackie Chan is the highest ranked Asian celebrity on Forbes' global list of highest-paid celebrities.
  • His earnings are at US$49 million (S$68 million).
  • Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan is at #65, with US$38 million in earnings.
  • Known as the "King of Bollywood," his most recent movie Raees was released in January.
  • Salman Khan, also a famous Bollywood actor, occupies spot #71 with earnings of US$37 million.
  • In addition to being an actor, Khan is also a producer, television personality, singer, and philanthropist.
  • Akshay Kumar snatches #80 with US$35.5 million in earnings.
  • The Bollywood actor has been in front of cameras for over a quarter of a century and has starred in 4 movies in the last 12 months, according to Forbes.
  • At #92, Kei Nishikori is the fifth and final Asian celebrity in Forbes's list.
  • He is a top tennis player in Japan and made history as the first Asian player to make a men's Grand Slam final when he reached the final two at the U.S. Open in 2014. His earnings are US$33.9 million.

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