Robert Downey Jr Tops Hollywood Rich List With A Single Movie

With the ‘Avengers’ pay cheques still clearly rolling in, Robert Downey Jr has topped the annual Forbes list of highest-paid actors for the third year running.

He’s coined in an eye-watering $80 million (£51 million), despite only releasing one film this year – 'Avengers: Age of Ultron’ in which he reprised his role as Iron Man/Tony Stark.

But he did also film his role in 'Captain America: Civil War’ too (reportedly earning him $40 million) which is out next year, making him $5 million up on last year’s placing, which set his fortune at $75 million.

Speaking to the Guardian, Forbes’ Natalie Robehmed said: “Downey Jr has been able to cut unique, favourable deals that ensure he is well compensated for his Tony Stark troubles.

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“Movies featuring his Iron Man character still perform astronomically at the box office.”

Downey Jr is streaks ahead of his nearest rival, Jackie Chan, who made $50 million in the same period, followed by Vin Diesel who, thanks to 'Fast & Furious 7’, took home $47 million.

In at number four is Bradley Cooper with $41.5 million, and despite being at the helm of a series of huge flops in recent years, Adam Sandler is at number five with $41 million.

The only British actor to feature on the list is Daniel Craig, with a fortune of $27 million.

Meanwhile, Bollywood stars featured heavily, with Amitabh Bachchan and Salman Khan tied at number seven ($33.5 million), and Akshay Kumar at nine with $32.5 million.

Here’s the top 20 in full:

1. Robert Downey Jr: $80m
2. Jackie Chan: $50m
3. Vin Diesel: $47m
4. Bradley Cooper: $41.5m
5. Adam Sandler: $41m
6. Tom Cruise: $40m
7. Amitabh Bachchan: $33.5m
7. Salman Khan: $33.5m
9. Akshay Kumar: $32.5m
10. Mark Wahlberg: $32m
11. Dwayne Johnson: $31.5m
12. Johnny Depp: $30m
13. Leonardo DiCaprio: $29m
14. Channing Tatum: $29m
15. Chris Hemsworth: $27m
15. Daniel Craig: $27m
17. Matthew McConaughey: $26.5 million
18. Shah Rukh Khan: $26 million
18. Will Smith: $26 million
20. Matt Damon: $25 million

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