Farhan Akhtar Highest-Paid Director in the World

Farhan Akhtar
Farhan Akhtar led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid directors” released on Thursday.

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It's been a rough year for the director, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 46-year-old Farhan Akhtar has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid directors for 2020 with an estimated $46 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 25/09/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Farhan Akhtar tops annual list of highest-paid directors

In 2018 it looked like the director’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Thursday (September 24) that Akhtar is the highest-paid director in the world, pulling in an astonishing $46 million between August 2019 and August 2020, a nearly $20 million lead over his closest competition.

People With Money’s factors

In compiling this yearly list, the magazine considers factors such as upfront pay, profit participation, residuals, endorsements and advertising work.

The Indian director-actor-screenwriter-producer has an estimated net worth of $145 million. He owes his fortune to smart stock investments, substantial property holdings, lucrative endorsement deals with CoverGirl cosmetics. He also owns several restaurants (the “Fat Akhtar Burger” chain) in New Delhi, a Football Team (the “Mumbai Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderakhtar - India), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Farhan) and a fashion line called “Farhan Akhtar Seduction”.

The ranking is significant for many Farhan fans, who have been waiting for his triumphant return to the glory days for what seems like a lifetime.

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