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The Top 15 Highest Paid Actors in the World 2016




The Top 15 Highest Paid Actors in the World 2016

2016 is coming to a close, and it’s time to assess who made it onto the list of highest paid actors this year.

If you’re a movie fan like myself, you’ll know that there’s been a lot of awesome movies come out this year, and next year looks to be even better!

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The Top 15 Highest Paid Actors in the World 2016

So who are the highest paid actors of 2016?

You can find out exactly who they are below. Along with the amount of money they’ve made, and a little bit of info as to how they managed to rack up such large paychecks in the past 12 months.

All of these figures were taken from Forbes, and are taken from earnings accrued between June 2015 and June 2016.


Dwayne Johnson

Highest Paid Actors 2016 - Dwayne Johnson

2016 Earnings: $64.5 Million

Dwayne Johnson topped the list of highest paid actors for this year. The $64 million and change was earned majorly from the star’s leading roles in ‘San Andreas’ last year, and the 2016 comedy ‘Central Intelligence’.

“Be humble, be hungry, and always be the hardest worker in the room.” – Dwayne Johnson

Jackie Chan

Highest Paid Actors 2016 - Jackie Chan

2016 Earnings: $61 Million

The martial artist starred in a bunch of movies throughout the 2nd half of 2015 and the 1st half of this year, including movies such as ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’, ‘Dragon Blade’, ‘Gambling on Extinction’ and ‘Skiptrace’.

“Do not let circumstances control you. You change your circumstances.” – Jackie Chan

Matt Damon

Highest Paid Actors 2016 - Matt Damon

2016 Earnings: $55 Million

This year saw the return of ‘Jason Bourne’, once again in one of the most anticipated movies of 2016. In addition to the latest Bourne film, Damon also played the leading role last year in ‘The Martian’.

The production of these two films have put Matt Damon in the #3 spot.

“Success is not something I’ve wrapped my brain around. If people go to those movies, then yes, that’s true, big-time success. If not, it’s much ado about nothing.” – Matt Damon

Tom Cruise

Highest Paid Actors 2016 - Tom Cruise

2016 Earnings: $53 Million

The two major films that put Tom Cruise on the highest paid actors list, were ‘Mission Impossible’ and ‘Jack Reacher’. Not a bad sum at all!

“I love what I do. I take great pride in what I do. And I can’t do something halfway, three-quarters, nine-tenths. If I’m going to do something, I go all the way.” – Tom Cruise

Johnny Depp

Highest Paid Actors 2016 - Johnny Depp

2016 Earnings: $48 Million

Johnny Depp has played several variable roles throughout the past year. He starred in Black Mass and Mortdecai in 2015, and the line up only got bigger this year as he played key roles in the following:

  • Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • Fantastic Beasts
  • Yoga Hosers
  • Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal

“I think the thing to do is enjoy the ride while you’re on it.” – Johnny Depp

Jennifer Lawrence

Highest Paid Actors 2016 - Jennifer Lawrence2016 Earnings: $46 Million

November 2015 saw the release of the latest Hunger Games movie, starring Jennifer Lawrence. She also starred in ‘Joy’ last year, the film based on the lady who invented the 1st self-wringing mop. Definitely a film to watch for all entrepreneurs!

In 2016, came the latest X-Men movie, putting Jennifer 6th on the list of highest paid actors this year.

“Even as far back as when I started acting at 14, I know I’ve never considered failure.” – Jennifer Lawrence

Ben Affleck

Highest Paid Actors 2016 - Ben Affleck

2016 Earnings: $43 Million

Ben Affleck’s done some incredible work this year in some BIG movies, such as ‘Batman vs Superman’ and ‘The Accountant’ and ‘Suicide Squad’. These three films have put Affleck on the fast track to be named as one of the highest paid actors this year.

“All I do, really, is go to work and try to be professional, be on time and be prepared.” – Ben Affleck

Vin Diesel

Highest Paid Actors 2016 - Vin Diesel

2016 Earnings: $35 Million

Vin Diesel starred in ‘Furious 7’ and ‘The Last Witch Hunter’ in late 2015. While 2016 hasn’t been as busy for the stuntman, 2017 is set to see Fast & Furious 8 hit the cinemas! Diesel has still managed to hit the highest paid actors list at earnings of $35 million.

“If you had asked me back in grade school what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have said my first choice was an actor, but if I couldn’t be that, I’d want to be a superhero.” – Vin Diesel

Melissa McCarthy

Highest Paid Actors 2016 - Melissa McCarthy

2016 Earnings: $33 Million

Honestly, who doesn’t love Melissa McCarthy?

I mean, every movie she stars in is always a laugh! In the past year, Melissa has starred in several laugh out loud films including ‘Spy’, ‘The Boss’, and the new ‘Ghostbusters’ film.

“I think everything that any actor does, I would assume, is shaped by how and where they grew up.” – Melissa McCarthy

Shah Rukh Khan

Highest Paid Actors 2016 - Shah Rukh Khan

2016 Earnings: $33 Million

The Indian movie star has featured in multiple films in the past year, including ‘Dilwale’, ‘Fan’ and ‘Dear Zindagi’. This makes Khan the highest paid Indian movie star this year.

“Success is not a good teacher, failure makes you humble.” – Shah Rukh Khan

Robert Downey Jr.

Highest Paid Actors 2016 - Robert Downey Jr.

Image Credit: Lisa O’Connor/ZUMA Press/Corbis

2016 Earnings: $33 Million

Robert Downy Jr., who most of us recognize as Iron Man, has also managed to make his way onto the highest paid actors of 2016 list. ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, and ‘Captain America: Civil War’, had both helped put Downy Jr. here.

“The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven.” – Robert Downey Jr.

Akshay Kumar

Highest Paid Actors 2016 - Akshay Kumar

2016 Earnings: $31.5 Million

Akshay Kumar is another Indian-born film star, currently living and working in Canada. To make his way onto this list, he featured in ‘Airlift’, ‘Housefull 3’, ‘Rustom’, ‘Singh is Bliing’ and many more within the past year.

“I never feel any pressure about a film. What is meant to happen will happen. I have seen failure as well as success several times.” – Akshay Kumar

Brad Pitt

Highest Paid Actors 2016 - Brad Pitt

Image Credit: AP Photo/Carlo Allegri

2016 Earnings: $31.5 Million

Aside from the big split from Angelina Jolie, Brad has still been able to hit the list. The recently single movie star featured in ‘Allied’, ‘The Big Short’, ‘True Story’ & ‘By the Sea’ in the past year.

“Success is a beast. And it actually puts the emphasis on the wrong thing. You get away with more instead of looking within.” – Brad Pitt

Adam Sandler

Highest Paid Actors 2016 - Adam Sandler

2016 Earnings: $30 Million

Sandler is now 50 years old and still clawing up his net worth. The star has featured in movies such as ‘Pixels’, ‘The Ridiculous 6’ and ‘The Do-Over’.

“Chemistry can be a good and bad thing. Chemistry is good when you make love with it. Chemistry is bad when you make crack with it.” – Adam Sandler

Mark Wahlberg

Highest Paid Actors 2016 - Mark Wahlberg

2016 Earnings: $30 Million

Last on the list is Mark Wahlberg, yet he still managed to rake in $30 million this year. ‘Deepwater Horizon’ is an incredible film, re-telling the story of the big oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, where many lost their lives. Mark’s acting story as always, are incredible.

“I never lie. I believe everything I say, so it’s not a lie.” – Mark Wahlberg


Here’s a quick recap on the 15 highest paid actors worldwide in 2016:

  1. Dwayne Johnson
  2. Jackie Chan
  3. Matt Damon
  4. Tom Cruise
  5. Johnny Depp
  6. Jennifer Lawrence
  7. Ben Affleck
  8. Vin Diesel
  9. Melissa McCarthy
  10. Shah Rukh Khan
  11. Robert Downey Jr.
  12. Akshay Kumar
  13. Brad Pitt
  14. Adam Sandler
  15. Mark Wahlberg

Who’s your favorite of the highest paid actors in 2016? Leave a comment below.

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