Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is definitely keeping busy, but everyone knows that. He’s deep in the thick of Fast 8, which will probably gross two billion dollars. He just launched his official YouTube channel. And he’s set to become just the second wrestling figure ever to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. All that tireless work is paying off — literally — as The Rock is now officially the highest-paid actor of any kind, in the entire world.
The annual “Highest Paid Celebrities” list from Forbes has arrived and The Rock is the top actor — male or female — on the list. (Ellen DeGeneres clocked in at No. 13, but despite her role in Finding Dory, the majority of her income for the list’s purposes came via non-acting talk show and endorsement revenue. Ditto Kevin Hart at No. 6. His source of revenue was listed as “comedy.”) What’s more, Johnson is in the top 20 highest-paid celebrity of any kind, coming in at No. 19 on the list with the $64.5 million he earned just in the past 12 months.
Rock-solid box office numbers helped the erstwhile wrestler become the world’s highest-paid actor. Since helping launch the billion-dollar Fast and Furious franchise and leading 2015’s “San Andreas” to a surprising $473 million worldwide, Dwayne Johnson has become Hollywood’s go-to action hero. Next up for the beefy star: a starring role in the upcoming “Baywatch” remake. “I can kick ass better than anyone on the planet,” he once told FORBES. “And I have a decent smile.”
The No. 1 celebrity was Taylor Swift, who took home a whopping $170 million over the past 12 months. So The Rock has a bit of catching up to do. But I’m sure he’s perfectly happy with his spot on the list for the time being.