Dwayne Johnson Named World’s Highest-Paid Actor

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Dwayne Johnson is living large. According to Forbes, the actor took home the biggest payday of any actor worldwide from June 2015 to June 2016, with a reported income of $64.5 million. Johnson’s total was enough to knock Robert Downey Jr. out of the top spot, where he had been for the previous three years.

Johnson more than doubled his earnings in 2016—he was eleventh on last year’s list with roughly $31 million. His uptick in earnings come from the success of the Fast and Furious franchise, as well as from his work on HBO’s Ballers and upfront payments from the forthcoming Baywatch remake.

Downey Jr. dropped to eighth this year, earning “just” $33 million. Behind Johnson were Jackie Chan with $61 million due largely to his success in China, and Matt Damon with $55 million following the success of The Martian.

The highest-paid woman on the list was, for the second year in a row, Jennifer Lawrence, who raked in $46 million over the last twelve months to place her in sixth on the overall list. Lawrence has the final installment of The Hunger Games to thank for her placement.

The $20-million gap between Johnson and Lawrence further highlights the gender inequality that Lawrence discussed in an essay almost a year ago. The top ten men on the list earned more than double what the top ten women earned, with $457 million and $205 million, respectively. Although the issue of pay inequality has been brought to the fore in recent years, this list suggests there’s still much work to be done.

Check out the full lists of highest-paid actors and actresses below via Forbes.

1. Dwayne Johnson: $64.5 million
2. Jackie Chan: $61 million
3. Matt Damon: $55 million
4. Tom Cruise: $53 million
5. Johnny Depp: $48 million
6. Ben Affleck: $43 million
7. Vin Diesel: $35 million
8. Shah Rukh Khan: $33 million
9. Robert Downey Jr.: $33 million
10. Akshay Kumar: $31.5 million
11. Brad Pitt: $31.5 million
12. Adam Sandler: $30 million
13. Mark Wahlberg: $30 million
14. Salman Kahn: $28.5 million
15. Leonardo Dicaprio: $27 million
16. Chris Pratt: $26 million
17. Will Smith: $20.5 million
18. Amitabh Bachchan: $20 million
19. Matthew McConaughey: $18 million
20. Harrison Ford: $15 million

1. Jennifer Lawrence: $46 million
2. Melissa McCarthy: $33 million
3. Scarlett Johansson: $25 million
4. Jennifer Aniston: $21 million
5. Fan Bingbing: $17 million
6. Charlize Theron: $16.5 million
7. Amy Adams: $13.5 million
8. Julia Roberts: $12 million
9. Mila Kunis: $11 million
10. Deepika Padukone: $10 million

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