Akshay is ranked 76th on the Forbes list of the World's Highest Paid Celebrities 2018 while Salman is on the 82nd spot.
Salman earnings reach $37.7 million; Akshay beats him at $40.5 million
Indian actor Akshay Kumar, aged 50, had an income of $40.5 million.
Forbes commented, "one of Bollywood's leading men has transitioned to socially-conscious roles," citing his films, including "Toilet: Ek Prem Katha" that focussed on government campaigns to improve sanitation, and "Padman", about a man hoping to provide inexpensive sanitary pads to rural communities.
“He also mints millions from profits and endorsing about 20 brands,” Forbes added.
Salman, 52, had earnings of $37.7 million.
Forbes said he remains one of India's top earners and the "Bollywood mainstay" continues to produce and star in hits such as "Tiger Zinda Hai," cashing in on backend profits.
11 superstars exceed $100 million minimum
The list showed that 100 top-earning stars from all the world pulled in a combined $6.3 billion pretax over the past 12 months, this rate is 22% higher from last year.
Forbes added that 11 superstars surpassed the $100 million thresholds, more than double the number from 2017 and 2016 combined.
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The list also included other highest-paid entertainers as George Clooney (second), reality TV star and businessperson Kylie Jenner (third), soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo (10), pop star Katy Perry (19), tennis icon Roger Federer (23), singer Beyonce (35), author J K Rowling (42,) and golfer Tiger Woods (66).
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