Forbes India released the annual list of top 100 Celebrity 2019 on 20th December 2019. For the very first time a player has topped the Forbes Top 100 Celebrity 2019 list. Previously this position was occupied by Bollywood giants. The top 100 personalities were selected on the basis of their estimated earnings and fame on print and social media. Virat Kohli, Captain of Indian Cricket team stands tall in the list with annual earnings of over Rs 250 crore.

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Forbes List 2019 Overview:

Every year Forbes magazine brings out a list Top 100 richest in the World and India as well which values individuals’ assets including stakes in public and private companies, real estates and cash. The contributors also take into account estimates of debt and consult an array of outside experts in various fields.

The Forbes India 2019 released its annual list and Virat Kohli proudly marched up to the pole position in the list replacing the Khans and other Bollywood celebrities for the first time in eight years since the Forbes India Celebrity 100 list have been launched. Kohli earned earnings of over ₹252.72 crore through the match fees, the BCCI central contract, brand endorsements and sponsored Instagram post.

There are other cricketers who made it to the top 50 like former Captain of Indian Cricket Team Mahendra Singh Dhoni occupied the fifth spot, Sachin Tendulkar was placed at number 9 slot, Rohit Sharma occupied the number 11 position and Shikhar Dhawan occupied the 35th spot. There are no sportspersons in the top 50 of the Forbes Celebrity 100 list.

Ace badminton player PV Sindhu made it to the list at 63rd position while Olympic medalist Saina Nehwal occupies the 81st spot in the list. Sunil Chhetri, the captain of the Indian football team occupied 85th position. Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur from the women cricket team also made it to the list with 90 and 91 rankings. Like every year the Forbes Celebrity 100 list was dominated by Bollywood actors, directors and music composers.

Top 10 Indian Celebrity Names in Forbes 2019:

Rank 1:

Virat Kohli occupies top spot on the 2019 Forbes India Celebrity list, with a prolific run scoring spree and a surplus of endorsements and annual earnings of Rs. 252.72 crore.

Rank 2:

Akshay Kumar beats global stars like Rihanna and Bradley Cooper with annual earnings of Rs. 293.25 crore.

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Rank 3:

Salman Khan slipped down to position 3 from 1 with annual earnings of Rs. 229.35 crore.

Rank 4:

Amitabh Bachchan made it to the top 5 with a successful season of Kaun Banega Crorepati

Rank 5:

MS Dhoni is at the 5th position with annual earnings of Rs. 135.93 crore.

Rank 6:

Shah Rukh Khan climbed to the 6th slot because of brand endorsements.

Rank 7:

Ranveer Singh jumps from 8th to 7th following the success of Gully Boy and brand endorsements.

Rank 8:

Alia Bhatt moves from 12th to 8th because of massive social media popularity.

Rank 9:

Sachin Tendulkar retains his position in the list due to his return in investments and advertisements.

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Rank 10:

Deepika Padukone slipped from 4th to 10th with annual earnings of Rs. 48 crore.

Top 10 Indian Business, Celebrities, Sports personalities in Forbes 2019:


  1. Mukesh AmbaniNet Worth $51.4 billion
  2. Gautam AdaniNet Worth $15.7 billion
  3. Hinduja BrothersNet Worth $15.6 billion
  4. Pallonji MistryNet Worth $15 billion


  1. Bajrang Puniaearnings of Rs. 2.5 crore
  2. Sunil Chhetri- earnings of Rs. 6.6 crore
  3. Mary Komearnings of Rs. 3.9 crore

Film Celebrities:

  1. Priyanka Chopra Jonasearnings of 23.4 crore
  2. Anushka Sharmaearnings of 28.67 crore
  3. Katrina Kaifearnings of 23.63 crore
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