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Mark Wahlberg world's highest paid actor: Forbes

Mark Wahlberg soared to the top of the world's highest paid actors on an annual Forbes magazine list that highlighted a huge disparity between male and female Hollywood stars. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Web Team Los Angeles, CA, United States Aug 22, 2017, 05.08 PM (IST)

Mark Wahlberg has been named by Forbes magazine as the world's highest paid actor after the rapper-turned actor hit the jackpot with Transformers: The Last Knight" and comedy sequel "Daddy's Home 2," due out in November.

The 46-year-old star made it to the elite Forbes list after the magazine estimated he earned $68 million before taxes over the past 12 months.   

"The former may have scored a miserable 15 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and the lowest gross of the franchise to date, but Wahlberg need not worry -- fixed compensation means he benefits even when movies don't do well," said Forbes.

Dwayne Johnson dropped from the top of the Forbes chart to land in second place with $65 million, after starring in "Baywatch" and HBO comedy "Ballers."

The top-10 men continue to earn more than female stars with men earning $488.5 million compared with just $172.5 million earned by female leads.

Last week Forbes had released its annual list of Hollywood's highest-paid actresses naming Oscar-winning actress of "La La Land" fame, Emma Stone at the top of the list earning $26 million.

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