Who’s Hollywood’s Highest Paid Actor In 2011?

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“Hollywood careers are built on smart (and not always obvious) choices”

That’s according to Forbes.com who announced this week that Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp have topped the list of Hollywood’s highest-earning actors.

In their latest annual look at Hollywood’s highest earners, Forbe’s.com have said that Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp, who earned US$77 million and US$50 million respectively, are living proof of the fact that “Hollywood careers are built on smart (and not always obvious) choices”.

Funnyman Adam Sandler, who earned US$40 million, captured the No 3 spot while Will Smith and Tom Hanks were close behind, at US$36 million and US$35 million.

The Top Ten

1. Leonardo DiCaprio – $77 million
2. Johnny Depp – $50 million
3. Adam Sandler – $40 million
4. Will Smith – $36 million
5. Tom Hanks – $35 million
6. Ben Stiller – $34 million
7. Robert Downey Jr – $31 million
8. Mark Wahlberg – $28million
9. Tim Allen – $22 million
10. Tom Cruise – $22 million

Crunching The Numbers

To compile the earnings numbers, Forbes talked to agents, lawyers, producers and other industry insiders to come up with an estimate for what each actor earned between May 1, 2010 and May 1, 2011. Earnings consist of pretax gross income. Management, agent, and attorney fees are not deducted.

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Credits: Main Picture- Colin Chou // Thumbnail- nicogenin on Flickr // Story Source- Forbes.com
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