Robert Downey Jr. Is the World’s Highest Paid Actor

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He may play Iron Man on the bigscreen, but Robert Downey Jr. is dripping in gold.

With an $80 million salary, Downey is the highest paid actor in the world for the third consecutive year and has the highest recorded annual payday of all time. Jackie Chan is a distant runner-up with $50 million.

Downey’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” reeled in $1.4 billion worldwide ($941.5 million of which came from international territories), and Downey is reportedly commanding $40 million for the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War.”

Forbes‘ 2015 list of the world’s highest-paid actors profiles thesps working solely in international movie industries. The 34 actors hail from seven countries and earned a combined $941 million in the last fiscal year.

Six of the top 10 stars are from the U.S., including the third highest earner, Vin Diesel, who hauled $47 million thanks to “Furious 7.” The last installment of the hit franchise grossed a record-breaking $1.5 billion worldwide ($1.2 billion of which came from foreign markets). There are also three Bollywood A-listers in Forbes’ top grouping.

Bradley Cooper came in at No. 4 with $41.5 million. Cooper starred in and co-produced Clint Eastwood’s Iraq War drama “American Sniper” this year.

Despite a recent slew of flops, “Pixels” star Adam Sandler ranked in at No. 5 with $41 million. He has four movies on the way through an exclusive deal with Netflix.

Tom Cruise cruised into sixth with a $40 million payday, thanks to upfront fees for “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” and last year’s “Edge of Tomorrow.” Cruise reportedly earned $40 million from 2012’s “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol,” which grossed $694.7 million worldwide.

Mark Wahlberg rounds out the top 10 with $32 million, riding high from “Ted 2,” which brought in $168 million, and 2012’s “Ted,” which made $549 million.

Here’s the top 10 list:

1. Robert Downey Jr.: $80 million
2. Jackie Chan: $50 million
3. Vin Diesel: $47 million
4. Bradley Cooper: $41.5 million
5. Adam Sandler: $41 million
6. Tom Cruise: $40 million
7. Amitabh Bachchan: $33.5 million
7. Salman Khan: $33.5 million
9. Akshay Kumar: $32.5 million
10. Mark Wahlberg: $32 million

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  1. Anonymous says:

    He’s overrated

  2. No actor or actress is worth that much money. It’s truly immoral.

  3. Sanmant says:

    I’m Paul Brno, an actor who was never lucky enough to become a rich movie star so I worked as a NYC Sanitation worker for 24 years & all I have to show for it is a pension & sixty grand in the bank. And every day as I was working picking up garbage I’d ask myself, ‘isn’t there something else I’d rather be doing like starring in a movie or a TV show?’ I went to acting school with Diane Keaton & Ray Sharkey & they became movie stars. I wrote a play about it called ‘The Sanitation CHRONICLES’. I’m still trying, I’m on actors access & backstage.com & I’ll never give up trying because just like the lottery, you got to be in it to win it.

  4. cool, i love reading about people that make astronomically large amounts of money. glad the 1% is getting even richer. it sure makes the rest of our lives better

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