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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 is indeed a hard working person who deserve to earn more. Congratulations!

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Wow, Jackie Chan is still continuing to do very well. I really missed his American films, I especially loved him in the Rush Hour trilogy.

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He need to change the way he act, No more surprise, no more creative, we are no longer expecting his stunt anymore but something new. It is his production company he can put his salary very high

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Wow! Good on him, even after not having any new films recently.

I think he deserves it. He's so humble and charitable too.

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Not surprised! the amount of work he does is just amazing! sadly his son cant carry that along with him

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thats a major accomplishment. Good luck to him and his crew. I have been watching his movies since i was little.

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Roughly about 350mil?!? thought he'll have more than that since he has been making movies for years

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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.

 

 

Not bad...

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dam this guy needs to come back to the US and make more movies.

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Congratulations to Jackie Chan. He is my great super star inside the film.

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why am I not surprised. :75: That's awesome. congrats to him.

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Congratulations to Dato' Jackie Chan. He deserved it for the hard work he done so far.

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No wonder his son doesn't have to do anything and is doing drugs to pass the time in life. Jackie is making all of the money!

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jackie chan the best asian actor haha good fighting all the time

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congrats to the only jackie Chan...been watching his movies since childhood

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Whoaa thats impressive! Well earned too! Congrats to him! I do like watching his movies

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Congratualations, he is a hard working actor with his hands in everything

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ah this guy! he was my childhood actor so funny in some series, i wish he would go back doing some classics

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i'm not surprised. he has made such a big impact in the entertainment industry for china and in the us

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Was starting to think that Jackie Chan was really old news and that we would start to forget him. Goes to show, just because he's not in your face all the time doesn't mean he isn't working. Good for him for still working hard. Keep up the good job.

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jackie chan is awesome. he's been around forever and still going strong. good for him. and very smart of him to get himself in good with the people who can control the film releases hahahah

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