In case you don't yet know the difference, Bollywood and Hollywood are not the same thing. We're familiar with the top Hollywood actors based out of California in the USA, but there is a growing film industry in Mumbai and it's only one part of the thriving industry that is picking up speed in India.
This is where the term Bollywood originates. It's a noteworthy sector of the overall film business so we've given it a little extra attention with our list of the 20 richest Bollywood actors in the world today. We've ranked them in accordance with their current net worth.
20. Amy Jackson - Net Worth: $2 Million
Amy Jackson was born to British parents, but currently lives in Mumbai, Maharashtra. This, along with her net worth qualifies her for number twenty on our list. She is a former model who won the 2010 Miss Liverpool beauty contest and went on to contend in the Miss England contest, but didn't win at the finals.
From modeling, Amy turned her focus to acting. She has appeared in several Indian movies, making her one of the stars of Bollywood, and although she's in the twentieth position in wealth, she's still got a lot of time to change her position on the list.
19. Kriti Sanon - Net Worth: $2.6 Million
Coming in with a little over half a million more than Amy Jackson, is Kriti Sanon. She began her career in acting in 2014 and building a fortune of just under $3 million isn't bad progress at all.
She's just starting out as an actress, and in the second year of her career, Kriti was fortunate enough to land a starring role in "Dilwe," which helped to establish her career inn the highest grossing Bollywood film so far.
In addition to her Indian movie career, she has gained a fortune in her endorsements of many popular brands including the Parachute Hari products, American Swan, Titan watches, Bathe and Home Linen, a popular brand of cola and many more. With this kind of popularity, we could easily see Sanon taking the lead in a few short years.
18. Zarine Khan - Net Worth: $4.5 Million
Khan has been in the acting profession since 2010. She made her debut in the Anil Sharma film "Veer." Since then she went on to star in the leading role of "Jatt James Bond," which is in the romance/thriller genre.
The 2014 film was a huge hit at the box office and it propelled her to new heights of popularity and it increased her net worth dramatically. She also starred in Anees Bazmee's"Character Dheela" along with Salman Khan in a parody film about characters from Mughai e Azam. It took the top prize for being the highest grossing film in Bollywood for 2011.
17. Katrina Kaif - Net Worth: $5 Million
Katrina Kalif has earned distinction for a couple of things in Bollywood. The first is that she is one of the highest paid actors in Bollywood when it comes to lending her face and voice for product endorsements.
An article about this appeared in the Hindustan Times in 2014. The next is that she is one of the most beautiful celebrities in all of India. She made the top of the polls when the people of India were asked to cast their vote for the most beautiful actress. She has appeared in several movies and is still enjoying fame and the fortune that follows.
16. Parineeti Chopra - Net Worth: $6.7 Million
Parineeti Chopra is a relative of one of the biggest Hollywood actresses and beauty contest winners. As the cousin of Priyanka Chopra, she may have had a leg up in the business, but we're not convinced that she really needed any help.
On her own, Chopra secured roles in a few of the top films in Bollywood. She appeared in "Laies vs Richy Bahl," "Man's World," Ishaqzaade," and "Shuddth Desi Romance." As we can see, she has a fortune amassed under her belt currently, and she was named as one of the most powerful women in the year 2011 by Verve.
15. Shruti Haasan - Net Worth: $7 Million
Shruti Haasan is the fifteenth richest actor in Bollywood. She began her acting career in 2009 and in just six years, she has amassed a seven million dollar fortune. She appeared in several Telugu, hindi and Tamil language films.
She is the daughter of Kamal Haasan who is a prominent producer and actor in the region. She starred alongside Ravi Teja in the action film "Balupu," which became a mega hit at the Bollywood box office.
In addition to her acting career, Haasan began singing at the age of six, and is also known for being a professional singer. Haasan is a multitalented celebrity in Bollywood and she's also a multi-millionaire.
14. Kareena Kapoor - Net Worth: $10 Million
Kareena Kapoor is the fourteenth richest actor in all of India with an impressive net worth of ten million dollars. She made her debut as an actor in "Refugee," which was a war film that was released in 2000. She also appeared in "Jab We Met," a 2007 romance/comedy, and in "We Are Family," a 2010 drama.
For these performances, Kapoor received a Best Actresss award and a Best Supporting actress award. The year 2006 was one of her finest with tow film appearances. The first was "36 China Town in the thriller category. Next, Kapoor starred in "Chup Chup Ke," a comedy film. Both films were moderate successes and they not only pushed Kareena's popularity higher, they made her a lot richer for her efforts.
13. Kangana Ranaut - Net Worth: $10.5 Million
In the thirteenth position, just above Kareena Kapoor is Kangana Ranaut with a net worth that is just half a million higher. Kangana is an Indian film start that has also earned the distinction for being among the highest paid actors in Bollywood.
Much of the vast mountain of wealth that she's accumulated has come from her acting career, but this isn't the only resource that Ranaut has at her disposal.
The brilliant businesswoman forged a collaborative with the Vero Moda fashion brand and from their associations, she has launched two clothing lines under the umbrella of the brand. In 2015, they launched the Marquee line, followed by the Venice Curise, in 2016.
12. Priyanka Chopra - Net Worth: $10.8 Million
Priyanka Chopra, cousin of the sixteenth richest Bollywood actor, assumes the position of being the twelfth richest actor in Bollywood. She's one of the most beautiful women in the country and the proof of this is her credential as the winner of the Miss World Beauty Pageant in 2000.
This is where the rich and famous beauty got her start in the business. After her victory, offers to star in Indian films began to pour in. She accepted them, making her film debut in 2003 in the film "Hero."
From this point forward, she became one of Bollywood's most famous leading ladies. She gained acclaim in two top grossing films, "Krrish" and "Don." Her net worth continues to climb upwards and there is no indication that her fame and success is about to slow down.
11. Anushka Sharma - Net Worth: $11 Million
Anushka Sharma is the eleventh richest actor in Bollywood. In addition to being an in-demand actor, she is also a producer. "NH10" is a film that she both produced and starred in. The crime, thriller gained Anushka critical acclaim in India in 2015. She founded Clean Slate Films which is the production company that she owns and works out of.
This isn't all that the talented beauty is involved in. She's a magnet for brands who wish to promote their products and this dazzling and savvy business woman has appeared in Forbes celebrity lists for most popular and richest from 2012 to 2015.
She has received some of her incredible wealth from endorsements of a variety of different products and brands, some of which include, Nivea, Elle 19 cosmetics and TVS Scooty, just to name a few.
10. Karisma Kapoor - Net Worth: $12 Million
Our tenth richest Bollywood actor is Karisma Kapoor. Kapoor is the daughter of Randhir Kapoor and Babita, who are both veteran actors in Bollywood. Karisma first made her appearance in Indian film in 1991 appearing in the film "Prem Qaidi."
She has appeared in several other Bollywood films and has been the recipient of many awards, and in addition, has won many of those that she was nominated for. She's a veteran in the Bollywood film community and has amassed a fortune of around $12 million.
9. Ileana D'Cruz - Net Worth: $14 Million
Ileana D'Cruz is a Bollywood actor that exudes a bit of mysterious glamour that touches on the exotic. In addition to being one of the most talented Indian actors in Bollywood, she is also one of the most beautiful.
Her unique name has been taken out of the pages of Greek mythology, and for those of you who are familiar with it, it literally means Helen of Troy. Ileana starred in the Indian movie "Jalsa" and in 2009, she was rewarded for her delivery of a stellar performance at the Santosham Film Awards.
Her career is a great success and she is not only among the most beautiful and talented actors in Bollywood, she is also the ninth richest with a fourteen million dollar net worth.
8. Sonam Kapoor - Net Worth: $14.5 Million
Sonam Kapoor is the eighth richest actor in all of Bollywood. Sonam's mother was herself a model and fashion designer, and her father, a veteran actor in Indian film. Anil Kapoor, her dad is also a successful producer.
Sonam comes from a family of actors who have inspired and aided her in pursuit of her own acting career. In addition to being an actor, Sonam has endorsed a variety of popular brands and products.
Some of these include Electrolux, Lx, Colgate, Signature, Mont Blanc, Oppo Mobile and Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A..Sonam Kapoor may have had a lot of help in getting where she is at today, but she is the one who put in the effort and her talents are the real assets which helped her in achieving the magnificent status of stardom that she now enjoys, along with the fourteen and a half million dollar fortune that she's amassed.
7. Vidya Balan - Net Worth: $15 Million
It was in the year 1995 that Vidya Balan made her film debut as a Bollywood actor. it was in the sitcom that was titled "Hum Paanch." She so impressed Indian audiences that as an actor, she was in high demand.
She went on from her successful debut to star in several more Indian films. Vidya Balan worked hard to establish herself in the film industry and she was highly successful in her endeavors.
The Government of India honored Balan with the Padma Shri award in the year 2014. In addition to this prestigious honor, Vidya has won multiple other awards throughout her career so far. The veteran actor has amassed a fifteen million dollar fortune through her acting career. She is not only one of the most highly regarded Bollywood actors, she is also the seventh richest in the world currently.
6. Kajol Devgan - Net Worth: $16 Million
Kajol Devgan is known for being many things in this world. She is the sixth richest Bollywood actors and is deserving of every penny of the massive fortune that she has built. This amazing woman possesses a beauty that is both internal and external.
First, in her career in the Bollywood film industry, she starred in several Indian films that made it big at India's box office. Her success in the industry was so great that she was named as a top actor on their list from 1995 through 1999 for a five year consecutive run.
This in itself is fairly impressive, and although it's clear to see that she's a successful Bollywood actress, there is much more to her than this. She is also well-known for her big heart and her social activism. Dajol Devgan has donated time, money and effort towards causes that improve the lives of widows and children.
5. Deepika Padukone - Net Worth: $20 Million
Every once in a while, a very special person becomes known to the world. There are people who are nice and highly likable, then there are those who are amazingly good looking. Both are qualities that attract others to them.
It just so happens that Deepika Padukone has earned her reputation throughout Indian media to possess both qualities. Her personality is said to be the most attractive element about her as a person.
The highly popuar Bollywood actor was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in January of 1986. She made her debut in Indian film in 2006. From day one, her acting career has taken wings and flown and it seems that every project she's been involved with has been a success.
In addition to being the fourth richest Bollywood actor in the world, she is also interested in helping others who are less fortunate than she. Deepila Padukone is the founder of the Live Love Laugh Foundations.
This organization focuses on mental health and awareness of mental health issues within the country of India. The wealthy star is known for her participation in stage shows as well as in film. It is her hard work, dedication and beauty as a person that has helped her to amass a fortune that is worth an estimated twenty million dollars.
4. Amrita Rao - Net Worth: $20.5 Million
Amrita Rao started her now successful career before she was even out of school. Her career in the Indian entertainment industry began when she became a model. As she entered her college years, Amrita Rao accepted several jobs acting in television commercials.
It was in 2002 that she made her career focus as an actor official. She entered the Indian film industry and was given her debut in the leading role of the fantasy thriller film "Ab Ke Baras." She played the part of Anjali Thapar in the Raj Kanwar film.
She is a star that shines brilliantly in the Bollywood film industry, and she's earned a fortune from her efforts to the tune of twenty and a half million dollars. This places her firmly in the position of the fourth richest actor in Bollywood.
3. Preity Zinta - Net Worth: $30 Million
Preity Zinta is the third richest actor in the Indian film industry. Zinta was fortunate when she was cast in the romantic film, "The Hero: Love Story of a Spy."
Anyone involved in the acting or production became famous for being a part of one of the greatest cinematic accomplishments in Bollywood. This film made history because of the amazing stunts and the visual and sound effects that were used in its creation. It was also the highest priced Hindi film, that had ever been made in that era.
Of course, her acting skills were highlighted and she's good at what she does. Fame was a certainty for Preity Zinta, but along with the notoriety, came the money. The legendary actor was smart about the investments that she made as well.
She made it a point in 2008, to acquire ownership rights of the Indian Premier League's Twenty20 cricket , Mohali based team. While it was in part, her acting career that helped her to build her amazing fortune of thirty million dollars, she also invested her money into some very wise ventures.
2. Ameesha Patel - Net Worth: $31 Million
Ameesha Patel is the second richest actor in Bollywood. She started her acting career in 2000 and quickly became popular because of her tremendous sex appeal. She's one of those glamorous sexpots that hit the screen with a demeanor that captures the attention of viewers and leaves a definite impression.
Just one year after her debut as an actress, she was featured in Rediff as one of the top actresses in Bollywood for 2001. You've got to admit that earning such a high distinction after only putting one year into the film business is fairly remarkable. Ameesha went on to found her own production company in 2013. She named it Ameesha Patel Productions.
This was one of the smartest moves that the talented actor could have made, because as it turned out, she also has a flair for being a producer. It is her well-rounded approach to business and her commitment to professionalism that has helped her to amass such a large fortune in such a short period of time. It will be interesting to see where Patel is in a few more years.
1. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan - Net Worth: $35 Million
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan started her acting career in 1997. Securing a role wasn't as difficult for Aishwarya as it was for many of the other top actors in the Indian film industry. Before accepting her first film role, Bachchan was a former beauty queen.
In 1994, she entered the Miss World pageant and the dazzling beauty won the crown. When her duties as reigning queen ended, the offers to star in many different films began to pour in.
She didn't need to go to Bollywood to become an actor because they came to her. She was a shoo in for the Indian film industry. Not all beautiful women have what it takes to become an amazing actor, but Bachchan was one of them that did.
After delightfully good performances in a few film roles, she was nominated for ten differernt awards. This was quite a lot of recognition for her acting efforts, but she also won two Filmfare Awards.
This shows the world that she is much more than just a beautiful face and she has a great body as well. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan places as number one on our top 20 richest Bollywood actors.
She's a beautiful woman, she's smart and savvy and she's made wise choices in the agreements that she's signed with top brands in the country. Bachchan has earned a good share of her fortune through the Indian film industry, but she has also brought in a significant amount through her endorsements of various brands and their products.
In fact, Aishwarya has been named as one of the "top brand ambassadors in the country." She's done well in amassing a fortune that gives her a net worth of $35 million, which sets her in the lead of four million more than the actor who took second place with $31 million.
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