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Forbes Highest Paid Actors 2018



George Clooney may not have helmed a hit in years, but his wallet hasn’t noticed. Thanks to the up to $1 billion purchase of his Casamigos Tequila, Clooney scored a career high pretax paycheck of $239
million between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018.

The 57-year-old tops Forbes’ annual ranking of highest-paid actors, which tallies both onscreen and extracurricular earnings in our 12-month scoring frame. Last June, British liquor conglomerate Diageo announced it would purchase Casamigos for $700 million up front with the potential for an extra $300 million over the next decade. For Clooney, that meant an estimated $233 million pretax from Casamigos, plus additional earnings from endorsements and older movies.

Clooney’s tequila cash edges Dwayne ‘The Rock” Johnson, who banked $124 million pretax to rank No. 2 on the highest-paid actors list. He tallied the largest ever acting take-home from front-of-camera roles in Celebrity 100 history, thanks to giant upfront paychecks and a cut of profits on blockbusters including Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. A huge social following allows him to negotiate an extra seven figures atop his standard contract for promotion, helping nearly double his 2017 earnings.

“Social media has become the most critical element of marketing a movie for me,” Johnson told Forbes.“I have established a social media equity with an audience around the world that there’s a value in what I’m delivering to them.”

Here's Forbes’ list of the world’s best-paid male actors 2018:

George Clooney - $239m
Dwayne Johnson - $119m
Robert Downey Jr - $79m
Chris Hemsworth - $64.5m
Jackie Chan -$45.5m
Will Smith - $42m
Akshay Kumar -$40.5m
Adam Sandler - $39.5m
Chris Evans - $34m
Salman Khan - $33.5m

Together, the world’s ten highest-paid actors tallied $748.5 million between June 1, 2017, and June 1, 2018, before fees and taxes. The salaries of top-earning male leads dwarf those of the world’s highest-paid actresses, who earned a cumulative $186 million in the same scoring period, or just one quarter of the men’s paydays.

Scarlett Johannson was revealed as the highest paid actress last week, earning $40.5m (£31.9m). That would have placed the Black Widow star as seventh in the male rankings. This is a departure from last year's Forbes list, which saw highest paid actress Emma Stone fail to score in the top 10 male earnings.

Forbes list of the world's best-paid actresses 2018
Scarlett Johansson - $40.5m
Angelina Jolie - $28m
Jennifer Aniston - $19.5m
Jennifer Lawrence - $18m
Reese Witherspoon - $16.5m
Mila Kunis - $16m
Julia Roberts - $13m
Cate Blanchett - $12.5m
Melissa McCarthy - $12m
Gal Gadot - $10m

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