Team India skipper Virat Kohli has been declared the highest earning sportsperson in the country by Forbes India. Kohli accumulated a whopping sum of Rs 228.09 crore in 2018 and is only behind Bollywood star Salman Khan in the overall celebrity charts. The BCCI central contract, Royal Challengers Bangalore salary and advertising contracts are among the major contributors to Kohli’s earnings.
Following Kohli on the list of sportspersons is the former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, while Sachin Tendulkar continues to be present in the top three despite retiring from cricket five years ago.
Badminton star PV Sindhu is 4th on the list while fellow shuttler Saina Nehwal has secured the 10th spot on the standings.
Manish Pandey and Jasprit Bumrah made it to the overall list for the first time in their careers. While Bumrah is 60th on the list of top-earning celebrities with earnings of Rs 16.42, Pandey stood 77th with Rs 13.08 crores.
Overall, a total of 21 sportspersons featured on Forbes India’s rich list of top 100 celebrities.
(Featured Image: Forbes India)