Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson tops highest paid actor list

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is the world's highest-paid actor, according to Forbes' latest rich list.

The wrestler-turned-Hollywood star elbowed out Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr to reach the top spot, earning $64.5 million (£48.8 million) from June 2015 to June 2016.

Dwayne, 44, more than doubled his earnings from the previous year thanks to his fees for upcoming films Fast 8 and Baywatch and the recent action comedy Central Intelligence.

Dwayne
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (Brandon Wade/AP)

The amount of money Johnson can command has risen sharply after the strong box office performances of his recent films, including the 2015 disaster movie San Andreas, Forbes said.

Jackie Chan ranked second in the rich list with $61 million (£46.2 million) followed by Matt Damon, who earned $55 million (£41.6 million) following the success of The Martian.

Tom Cruise was placed fourth with $53 million (£40.1 million) and Johnny Depp - who has been involved in a high-profile divorce from wife Amber Heard - ranked fifth with $48 million (£36.4 million).

Dwayne Johnson at the 2014 ESPY Awards
Dwayne Johnson (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Four Bollywood actors made the top 20, while previous highest earning actor, Robert, finished ninth with $33 million (£25 million).

The five highest-paid actors each earned more than the world's highest-paid actress, Jennifer Lawrence, who received $46 million (£34.9 million) over the same period.

Forbes said the listed earnings are calculated before management fees and taxes.

Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence topped Forbes' list of highest-paid actresses (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Here is the full list:

1. Dwayne Johnson - $64.5 million (£48.8 million)

2. Jackie Chan - $61 million (£46.2 million)

3. Matt Damon - $55 million (£41.6 million)

Matt Damon
Matt Damon (Evan Agostini / AP/PA)

4. Tom Cruise = $53 million (£40.1 million)

5. Johnny Depp = $48 million (£36.4 million)

6. Ben Affleck = $43 million (£32.6 million)

Ben Affleck attending the Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice European Premiere, at the Odeon and Empire Leicester Square, London
Ben Affleck (Ian West/PA)

7. Vin Diesel = $35 million (£26.5 million)

8. Shah Rukh Khan = $33 million (£25 million)

9. Robert Downey Jr = $33 million (£25 million)

Robert Downey Jr
Robert Downey Jr (Rebecca Naden/PA)

10. Akshay Kumar = $31.5 million (£23.9 million)

11. Brad Pitt = $31.5 million (£23.9 million)

12. Adam Sandler = $30 million (£22.7 million)

Adam Sandler (Chris Pizzello / AP/Press Association Images)
Adam Sandler (Chris Pizzello/AP)

13. Mark Wahlberg = $30 million (£22.7 million)

14. Salman Kahn = $28.5 million (£21.6 million)

15. Leonardo DiCaprio = $27 million (£20.5 million)

Leonardo DiCaprio (Shizuo Kambayashi/AP/PA)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Shizuo Kambayashi/AP/PA)

16. Chris Pratt = $26 million (£19.7 million)

17. Will Smith = $20.5 million (£15.5 million)

18. Amitabh Bachchan = $20 million (£15.2 million)

Will Smith at the Suicide Squad premiere
Will Smith (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

19. Matthew McConaughey = $18 million (£13.6 million)

20. Harrison Ford = $15 million (£11.4 million)