10. SHAH RUKH KHAN
Well, if you are a true Shah Rukh Khan fan, you know that he is not just the biggest superstar in the world, he is an entrepreneur also. The actor, who started his journey from television in the late 80s and then forayed into films with the super hit movie ‘Deewana’ in 1992 before delivering innumerable successful films at the box office, has seen a meteoric rise in his career as an entertainer. With his hard work and peerless dedication, he has established himself as one of the most successful and highest paid actors in the world. His brand value is worth billions. He is the world’s second richest entertainer. So, does Shah Rukh make all his money through films only? No, SRK has a diversified business which yields him profits in millions every year.
Khan is co-chairman of the motion picture production company Red Chillies Entertainment and its subsidiaries. His production company produces films and its VFX division offers VFX and animation services to other production houses and filmmakers. Besides owning Red Chillies Entertainment and its bouquet of subsidiaries, SRK is also the co-owner of the Indian Premier League cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders. Khan acquired ownership rights for the franchise in 2008 in partnership with Juhi Chawla, who has been her costar in many successful films like ‘Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman’ (1992) and ‘Darr’ (1993), and her husband Jay Mehta for US$75.09 million. The team gained immense popularity due to its association with celebrity owners, but it could not do much on the field in the initial years. However, its performance improved drastically over the time and the team won IPL champions for the first time in 2012. KKR is one of the richest teams in the IPL, with a brand value of several million. Shah Rukh Khan is an award show host and television presenter. He endorses a number of brands from where he makes a hell lot of money.
TRIVIA: Shah Rukh Khan has played negative roles in seven films, namely ‘Darr’ (1993), ‘Baazigar’ (1993), ‘Anjaam’ (1994), ‘Duplicate’ (1998), ‘Don’ (2006), ‘Don 2’ (2011) and ‘Raees’ (2017
9. SHILPA SHETTY
Bold and beautiful Shilpa Shetty may not be seen in films anymore, but she still is one of the most popular public figures in India. The gorgeous actress, who began her career in movies with the suspense thriller ‘Baazigar’ (1993) opposite none other than Shah Rukh Khan, has done a number of successful films in her career including ‘Main Khiladi Tu Anari’ (1994), ‘Dhadkan’ (2000), ‘Garv’ (2004) and ‘Apne’ (2007). It is not an exaggeration to say that year 2007 was the turning point of her life as she broke onto the international scene by successfully winning the controversial reality show ‘Celebrity Big Brother 5’. Her unexpected win made media see her in a new light.
Actor Suniel Shetty, who earlier spelt his name as Suneel Shetty, is an action star. Majority of films he has done in his movie career, like ‘Dilwale’ (1994), ‘Mohra’ (1994) and ‘Border’ (1997), belong to the action genre. He was one of the most sought after actors in the 90s. Besides being an action star, Suniel Shetty is also a film producer and entrepreneur. We all know that the well-built actor has been a fitness freak since the very beginning of his career in movies. And he also understands that how seriously the youth today takes fitness. So, in a very smart and well calculating move, Suniel first ventured into the business of fitness and opened many gyms across India. Franchises of his gyms can be spotted in many parts of the country.
Suniel Shetty also owns a film production house called Popcorn Entertainment, which has produced a string of films like ‘Khel’ (2003), ‘Rakht’ (2004), ‘Bhagam Bhag’ (2006), ‘Mission Istanbul’ (2008), ‘EMI’ (2008) and ‘Loot’ (2011). If you thought that the list of his business endeavors ends just there, then think again. Sunil is also the owner of Mischief, a series of boutiques spread across the entire length and breadth of Mumbai. Not just that, the actor also runs a several restaurants specializing in Udupi cuisine in the city. He has even ventured into designing and development of luxury real estate projects through his company S2 Reality. Suniel is a television presenter also. He hosted ‘Biggest Loser Jeetega’ on Sahara One. Currently, he is seen hosting ‘India’s Asli Champion Haidam’ on &TV.
TRIVIA: During his debut film ‘Balwan’ (1992), no actress was ready to work with him as he was a newcomer. Finally, late actress Divya Bharti accepted the offer and they gave a super hit film together.
7. TWINKLE KHANNA
Wife of superstar Akshay Kumar, Twinkle Khanna may not have played a very long and successful inning in films, but she is a star in her own ways. If her husband makes multi-crores through films and advertisements, Mrs. Kumar runs a candle business with her mother Dimple Kapadia and makes a lot of money. For your kind information, this is not a small candle business. Their candle company does not operate in Indian markets only, but their candles are exported in many other countries also.
I am very sure that you would have not guessed superstar Ajay Devgn’s name on this list! Widely popular as one of the most popular Bollywood actors, Ajay is a hit machine. Over the years, he has established himself as a versatile actor, who can go to any length to deliver perfection. The intense-looking actor can do action. He can do comedy. He can romance like a prince. What else one needs to be a successful hero in the Hindi film industry? Ajay has a huge fan following, which has been only increasing by leaps and bounds over the years! His fan following ensures that all the films featuring him as the leading man become massive blockbusters at the ticket window, thus making profits in millions. And where does this profit go? Well, a certain percent of this profit goes to the actor’s account. Gone are the days when actors used to charge a nominal fee as their remuneration for working in a film. Today, they take a lion’s share in the profits along with their fees.
Ajay Devgn has very wisely invested a certain percent of his money in a number of ventures. The actor is a part investor in the Charanaka solar project in Gujarat. Ajay along with the Roha Group invested multi-crores in the 25 MW plant. Set up in a record period of just eight months, the plant is functional from December 31, 2011. In addition to that, Ajay also owns a production house called Ajay Devgn Films. Established in the year of 2000, its maiden venture was ‘Raju Chacha’ (2000) featuring Mr. Devgn and his wife Kajol. The film was an average grosser at the box office. The production house laid low until Ajay decided to turn director with the film ‘U Me Aur Hum’ in 2008. Ajay did not only co-produced and directed the film, he also acted in it with Kajol. Ajay also owns a VFX Studio.
TRIVIA: Ajay Devgn, who like Aamir Khan refrains from attending any private awards ceremony, has two National Awards in his kitty. He bagged his first National Film Awards for Best Actor for ‘Zakhm’ (1998) and then for ‘The Legend of Bhagat Singh’ (2003).