Forbes has unveiled the highest paid actors of 2019, with Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson coming in at number one.
According to Forbes' Highest-Paid Actors List, The Rock has made an estimated $89,400,000 in a single year starting June 1, 2018. With films including Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and its sequel Jumanji: The Next Level under his belt, his television show Ballers, with its reported $700,000 per episode payday, helps top up the total.
Madeline Berg, Forbes' Media and Entertainment Reporter, said, "Dwayne Johnson has scored one of the best deals in Hollywood—one that's reminiscent of the twenty-twenty deal of the 90s. He commands eight figures upfront and up to 15% of the pool from his high-grossing franchise movies."
In second place, Avengers star Chris Hemsworth comes in with earnings of $76,400,000 tied to his roles in Avengers: Endgame as well as the highly anticipated reboot of Men in Black: International alongside Tessa Thompson.
Third place goes to his Avengers co-star Robert Downey Jr., who banked an impressive $66,000,000, as well as other Marvel stars Bradley Cooper in sixth place with $57,000,000, Captain America's Chris Evans in eighth with $43,500,000 and finally Paul Rudd in ninth with $41,000,000.
The top ten richest actors on Forbes list are as follows:
- Dwayne 'The Rock Johnson' - $89,400,000
- Chris Hemsworth - $76,400,000
- Robert Downey Jr - $66,000,000
- Akshay Kumar - $65,000,000
- Jackie Chan - $58,000,000
- Bradley Cooper - $57,000,000
- Adam Sandler - $57,000,000
- Chris Evans - $43,500,000
- Paul Rudd - $41,000,000
- Will Smith - $35,000,000
Last year's list saw George Clooney take the top spot, with an estimated salary of $239 million, though this was largely thanks to the $700 million sale of his tequila brand Casamigos.
Other names on the 2018 list included Adam Sandler, who banked $39 million thanks to a lucrative deal with Netflix and Jackie Chan, whose $45 million paycheck came from seven movies and several product endorsements.
The highest paid actress list is set to be revealed this Friday 23rd. Last year's top spot was taken up by Sofia Vergara, who made $42 million for her role in Modern Family.
Despite an ongoing battle in Hollywood for equal pay, the actress list earnings were significantly lower than the men's list. Vergara was followed by Kaley Cuoco ($24 million) and Ellen Pompeo ($23 million). Notably, the three highest paid actresses are television stars.