£49 million man Dwayne rocks to the top of Forbes rich 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 dollars (£48.8 million) from June 2015 to June 2016.

Johnson, 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.

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 dollars (£46.2 million) followed by Matt Damon, who earned 55 million dollars (£41.6 million) following the success of The Martian.

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

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

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

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

Here is the full list:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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