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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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congrats to jackie chan and hope we will have more exciting movies in the future

 

 

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It is good that there is at least 1 Asian in the Top 50 earners in the world This just goes to show that Asian stars have come a long way compare to years ago Here is to more Asian star making that list

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this is a very good results but please spend more time with your family....it means more then this 2nd place

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damn cant believe it he doing so well even though he didnt act much for these past few years

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really? Jacky? It's interesting to see that although we haven't heard of him in much films lately ...

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Pretty surprising information! And how slowly does he age? He's always looked exactly the same to me over the years.

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well deserved my hero jackie chan! really enjoyed growing up with his american movies and cartoon :)

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hmmm....not surprised at all. with all the movies he made i thought it would be 2nd or 3rd highest paid

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it took him about 20 years to have established this kind of high pay.

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Congrats to him. Haven't really paid much attention to him though

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really good for him! He contributed so much in the entertainment industry; he deserves it.

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wow so proud of him lol

 

he has done chinese proud maybe next time he can come first highest paid actor lol

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WOW! Never expected that. But he is also doing a lot of charities. He is sharing it as well.

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Second to Robert Downy Jr.?!?! I guess Iron-Man does beat Karate Kid lol

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ew... are you serious? this is ridiculous.. hate his acting, his voice, his face, his attitude, etc. he does not deserve this.

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I'm not surprise since he's been so active and should definitely deserves the achievements

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he's my favorite actor of all time, funny and never fails to deliver.

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and every single cent he has earned is deserved. With all the stunts that he does himself. He has so many broken bones, whereas most others rely on technology for their special effects.

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congratulations to jackie chan, well desert and reganize , second rickesh paid actor in the world

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Congratulations to Jackie Chan.He is absolutely a true legend.

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It's not surprising he's on the top~ he's definitely hard working n deserves all of it

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