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Jackie Chan named world's second highest-paid actor

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Source: shanghaiist

 

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Actor, composer and possibly undead Jackie Chan landed 38th on Forbes' latest celebrity rich list, making him the second highest-paid actor in the world.

 

While Chan hasn't starred in an American live action film in five years, he's pocketed an estimated 50 million USD over the past 12 months, second only to American actor Robert Downey Jr., who came in 8th place on the list with 80 million USD in earnings. His latest film Dragonblade, which hasn't seen a US release yet despite starring big Hollywood names including Adrien Brody and John Cusack, grossed 120 million USD in China, and it's estimated that Chan took at least a 10 million USD cut.

 

Chan-branded merchandise has also, as you can expect, contributed massively to his fortune. The actor owns a Segway dealership and a chain of cinemas named for him. And as you may recall, the Jackie Chan Film and Television Academy opened its doors in Wuhan just a couple of months ago, as well. “Jackie Chan is basically the Mickey Mouse of Chinese culture, a celebrity who is so omnipresent that his name has become shorthand,” Grady Hendrix, cofounder of the New York Asian Film Festival, told Forbes.

Of course, endless ass-kissing of the world's biggest political party hasn't hurt.

 

Forbes' Zack O'Malley explains: Since business success in China ultimately revolves around navigating or benefiting from the government, Chan has a secret weapon in all this earning: membership in the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, a hugely influential government board. Beijing green-lights all films released in China.

 

It’s an increasingly powerful position. Chinese cinemas have grown at a nearly 33% rate over the past five years, generating just shy of $5 billion in 2014; in February China’s monthly box office receipts actually surpassed those in the U.S. And while an American blockbuster can gross a quarter-billion dollars in China, the country’s powers-that-be often institute weeks-long blackouts of foreign films or slot them against one another on opening weekends. As a result Hollywood is turning to coproductions with Chinese companies, with Tranformers: Age Of Extinction and Iron Man 3 among the most successful examples. Forbes has estimated Chan's net worth to be around 350 million USD, although the star's publicity team has declined to confirm this. Boxers Floyd Mayweather (300 million USD) and Manny Pacquiano (160 million USD) topped this year's Forbes list, followed by Katy Perry (135 million USD) and radio host Howard Stern (95 million USD).

Edited by R.E.D

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Undead Jackie Chan :xrofl: I wouldn't be suprised considering the movies he's featured in . That guy's been in more movies then we have hairs on our head.

Jackie rules :D

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many congratulation to him. he deserve it after much effort being put into his work for the entertainment industry.

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I do not watch any of the movie produced from HK since I find most of them beyond ridiculous...I guess I have to start watching out for those filmed in mainland.

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congrats to jackie chan as second highest paid actor.. all the hardwork pays..

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hmmm...congrats to him. But i can see how this could be considered controversial to some

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Jackie with all this businesses and his brand name, he makes a lot.

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Congrats to JC as second highest paid actor.. Once again you proof to others that you are great...

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congrats to jackie chan, hopefully he has continued success in the future

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i just want to say...boxing is overrated....congratz to see jackie in the top rich list!

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congrats to him and may we see more of him down the years

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not surprising considering he was really the most mainstream Asian actor in Hollywood films

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wow he's the second highest paid actor in the world...

hard to believe after what he did to his son

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Congratulations to Jackie Chan! He works so hard for what he has!

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What?!!? His movies aren't even good! Surprising.... I guess it's all from his businesses.

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congrats to jackie chan, as expected through his hard work as an actor and the films he is in, no wonder he is the world's second highest paid actor

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Jackie Chan is all about business and money. He is over-rated. No doubt that he has talents but he is money hungry.

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I'm not surprise at all, he deserves this, he works so hard.

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if hes the second highest paid actor in the world, whos the first highest paid actor?

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wow cant believe he still makes so much money nowadays. what else does he do

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Congratulations to Jackie Chan. He deserves it for his hard work.

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