Deepika Padukone is fast emerging to be the queen of Bollywood and Hollywood. Her first Hollywood film, "xXx: Return of Xander Cage" is yet to release, and the actress is already making waves with her performance and popularity worldwide. She was chosen as the 'Next Gen' in Hollywood to watch out for by Vanity Fair magazine. According to the latest report in Forbes magazine, Padukone has made it to the top 10 list of the highest paid actresses in the world.
Forbes reporter Madeline Berg tweeted the story congratulating Padokone:
Padukone's bank account saw a cool $10 million more this past year, the highest among any Bollywood actress, and she made her debut on this coveted list at number 10. Forbes states that they examined stars from around the globe, scouring Bollywood and the burgeoning Chinese cinema industry. To wit, 30 percent of the list hails from outside the U.S.; Chinese actress Fan Bingbing makes the cut for the second consecutive year, while Charlize Theron, a dual citizen of South Africa and the U.S., returns to the list for the first time since 2013.
Padukone is the only newcomer to the ranking. The 30-year-old star joins the list with Bollywood hits such as "Bajirao Mastani," though she earns far less than her Hollywood counterparts for roles. Instead, she compensates for it with over a dozen lucrative endorsements — a hedging tactic employed by many of her Hollywood peers, adds Forbes.
Congratulatory notes are being posted on Padukone's social media accounts by people who are finding out about her latest feat. Indian Biotech pioneer and entrepreneur Kiran Mazumdar Shaw was one of the first ones to tweet the news.
"Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence topped the list of the world's highest paid actress for the second consecutive year, earning some $46 million, followed by Melissa McCarthy with a total of $33 million.
Scarlett Johansson of "Captain America: Civil Wars" came in third at $25 million, down nearly 30 percent from 2015; followed by Jennifer Aniston at $21 million; and Chinese actress Bingbing, who earned a total of $17 million. The rest of the list is below.
6. Charlize Theron - $16.5 million
7. Amy Adams - $13.5 million
8. Julia Roberts - $12 million
9. Mila Kunis - $11 million
10. Deepika Padukone - $10 million
This is an amazing achievement for Padukone, who has come a long way on her own accord. Here's wishing her more success.