Dwayne Johnson tops ‘Forbes’ list of highest-paid actors 2016

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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson makes $20 million more than 2016's highest paid actress, Jennifer Lawrence

DWAYNE JOHNSON. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is Forbes's highest-paid actor for 2016. File photo shows Dwayne preparing to have his hand and footprints, signature, and notes written in cement during a ceremony honoring him at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in 2015. Photo by Jimmy Moris/EPA

LOS ANGELES, USA – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was named the world’s highest paid actor by Forbes on Thursday, August 26, raking in $64.5 million and snatching the title held for 3 consecutive years by Robert Downey Jr. (READ: Jennifer Lawrence tops ‘Forbes’ ‘Highest-Paid Actresses 2016’ list)

The 44-year-old former wrestler more than doubled his earnings from last year thanks to his role in the action comedy Central Intelligence, the 8th installment of the Fast & Furious racing franchise and the forthcoming Baywatch.

Johnson was ranked number 11 last year, earning some $31 million in the 12 months from June 2014 to June 2015.

The actor, who stars in the HBO series Ballers, took to Twitter to express his delight at his new title.

“Want to say two things about this,” he tweeted. “I started w/$7 bucks. If I can overcome, so can you. Waffle House on me!!”



Jackie Chan came in second on the Forbes list with $61 million dollars followed by Matt Damon ($55 million), Tom Cruise ($53 million) and Johnny Depp ($48 million).

Topping Forbes‘s list released earlier this week for highest-paid actresses was Jennifer Lawrence, who earned $46 million – nearly $20 million less than her male counterpart.

The disparity is sure to stoke an ongoing debate in Hollywood about the industry’s gender pay gap.

Lawrence wrote a blunt essay on the issue last year after a leak of stolen emails from Sony Pictures showed she was paid less than her male co-stars in the hit movie American Hustle.

The world’s 10 highest-paid actors made a combined $456.5 million, according to Forbes, compared to the $205 million earned by the top 10 actresses.

Rounding out the top 10 list for actors are:

 

6. Ben Affleck ($43 million)
7. Vin Diesel ($35 million)
8. Shah Rukh Khan ($33 million)
9. Robert Downey Jr. ($33 million)
10. Akshay Kumar ($31.5 million)

– Rappler.com