Virat Kohli tops Forbes’ India rich-list for sportspersons, transcends MS Dhoni by huge margin

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 05 December 2018, 04:05 PM
Virat Kohli tops Forbes’ India rich-list of sportspersons, beats Dhoni (Twitter)
Virat Kohli tops Forbes’ India rich-list of sportspersons, beats Dhoni (Twitter)

Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who is all geared up for the upcoming Test series against Australia, starting from December 6 is currently sitting at the top of the Forbes’ India rich-list for sportspersons 2018 with a staggering yearly income of Rs 228 crore. Last year, Virat Kohli was on the second spot in the Forbes’ rich-list for Indian sportspersons with Rs 100.72 crore and his earning has increased more than twice than in the last term. It is to be noted that BCCI’s contract and Royal Challengers Bangalore’s pay are not included in this yearly income of Virat Kohli.  

Virat is followed by former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni with Rs 101.77 crore, then by Sachin Tendulkar with Rs 80 crore. PV Sindhu becomes the highest earning women athlete in the list of Forbes’ rich-list for sportspersons with Rs 36.5 crore.

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A total of 21 sportspersons managed to secure a spot in the Forbes’ rich list of top 100 celebrities. The athlete who proved to be the biggest gainer in the list was cricket all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who bagged Rs 28.46 crore in this annual which is 800 per cent more than the last year.

The list of top 100 sportspersons also include Manish Pandey, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, KL Rahul, Saina Nehwal, Jasprit Bumrah, Shikhar Dhawan, Srikanth Kidambi and many more.  

Here is the list of sportspersons in Forbes’ rich-list of top 100 celebrities in 2018:

Name of Athlete Earnings (in crores) 
Virat Kohli  228.9
MS Dhoni 101.77
Sachin Tendulkar 80
PV Sindhu 36.5
Rohit Sharma 31.49
Hardik Pandya 28.46
Ravichandran Ashwin 18.9
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 17.26
Suresh Raina 16.96
Saina Nehwal 16.54
KL Rahul 16.48
Jasprit Bumrah 16.42
Shikhar Dhawan 16.26
Ravindra Jadeja 15.39
Manish Pandey 13.08
Ajinkya Rahane 12.02
Anirban Lahiri 11.99
Srikanth Kidambi 10.5
Vijendra Singh 6.4
Shubhankar Sharma 4.5

Meanwhile, after levelling the T20 series against Asutralia, Virat Kohli-led team India is all set for the four-match Test series, commencing from December 6, followed by One Day International series. 

First Published: Wednesday, December 05, 2018 04:05 PM
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