Shah Rukh Khan: Indian Star Comes in Second on Actor Rich List

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Friday, 23 May 2014 11:42 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Many Americans may not know Shah Rukh Khan, but Wealth-X just listed the Bollywood star as the world's second richest actor, just behind comedian Jerry Seinfeld.

Wealth-X, which researches wealth among individuals worldwide, estimated Khan's worth at $600 million.

"Immensely popular around the globe as well as in his home country, India, where he is referred to in the media as 'Badshah of Bollywood' or 'King of Bollywood,' Khan is also a producer, TV host, co-owner of an Indian cricket club, and a philanthropist," Wealth-X said in a statement. "He has appeared in more than 50 Bollywood films and is a regular at the annual Cannes Film Festival."

Seinfeld's wealth is listed at $820 million, which he has accrued mostly from the syndication deals of the "Seinfeld" series, which ran from 1989 to 1998. Wealth-X said the comedian received at least $400 million through his fifth syndication agreement in 2013.

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The top five richest actors list is rounded out by "Mission Impossible" actor Tom Cruise ($480 million), "Madea" creator and playwright Tyler Perry ($450 million), and "Pirates of the Caribbean" star Johnny Depp ($450 million).

The stars that just missed making the top five include Jack Nicholson ($400 million), Tom Hanks ($390 million), and Clint Eastwood ($390 million).

Khan is currently preparing for the production of his next film "Fan," where he will play "with the notions of celebrity and will require many physical and facial changes," wrote Variety in March. The celebrity newspaper said that Yash Raj Films hired Oscar-winning special make-up artist Greg Cannom to "transform" Khan in the film.

Cannom's make-up work won him Academy Awards for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" in 2008, "Mrs. Doubtfire" in 1993, and "Dracula" in 1992, noted Variety.

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