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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).

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He definitely earned his money, despite some bad quality movies. Dragon Blade was alright but he really should lay off some of his cheap comedy routines.

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I used to like Jackie Chan's movies, but lately his movies are lacking relative associations to the Chinese culture because I feel like he is making his movies for Westerners as well. Well can't blame him, since he does want to break into the Western entertainment industry.

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Congratulations to him, tell the truth he is a very good actor and he always performs so great.

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congrat to jackie, guess he make nice investment with his money.

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congrats to him

 

crazy how much money the entertainment business brings in

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Oh wow, I didn't know he make so much. It's crazy how they make so much money. He work one year, others can not even make in a life time.

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Crazy to think he still get so much money in pay for a movie. Good for him!

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the rich ppl getting richer..anyway congrats to jackie! very happy for him

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This is a marketing machine, Jackie Chan as a brand, and anything associated with it is going to make money.

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Congrats Jackie chan. It is not surprising he's the 2nd highest paying actor. I watch all of his shows when I was younger. He is really funny.

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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 love jacky chan. grew up watching his crazy action movies. go jacky chan go hk!!!!!

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wow - one life is so unpredictable - from a nobody to a somebody who has make his fortune just in acting career

wonder what his son is up to these days

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He made a lot of money through capitalism maybe he should speak up for democracy.

 

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Good for him. Although having once seen him in person, extremely rude and unkind to his fans. A snob!

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wow! I don't think we've seen Jacky in much at all and he's still raking in the $$$, very impressive

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yeah i want to know who is the world's highest paid actor too!!

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wow. I knew he made lot of money but I did not think that he made that much. 50m last year. well done

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wow, good for him that he has such a wide network. he has put his own life in so many of his action movies. its impressive yet scary that one can push their bodies to such limits.

 

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So you see the Chinese market is a big market and it is keep growing.

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Amazing. Jackie Chan is a legacy. Bringing fame to the Chinese.

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