Sunday, January 06, 2008

Chinese Entertainers Top Earners

The top of the crop list in the Chinse entertainment industry by Shanghai's Oriental Morning Post is out.

Action - kung fu Chinese actor, Jet Li ranks at number 1 in 2007 - totaling some 465 million yuan (62 million USD).

The 44-year-old actor starred in three films in 2007 - “The Warlords”, “The Forbidden Kingdom” and “The Mummy 3.” His salary from “The Warlords” alone was 100 million yuan (13 million USD).

Following him was another action & kung fu star, Jackie Chan, with the total of about 428 million yuan. This apparently is a drop from his first rank in 2006.

Hong Kong's Heavenly King Jackie Cheung ranked first among the singers - mainly from his 2007 world tour show, which presented altogether 75 concerts.

The rest of the 6 spots were filled by actors (except Andy Lau who sings & act). Hong Kong film star Tony Leung Chiu Wai and another Heavenly King, Andy Lau, followed at No. 4 and No. 5 respectively, the report said.

Leung made 290 million yuan last year. His pay cheque for each of his three movies, including Lust, Caution, was 1 million USD. He was also the golden boy of advertisements, with a reported minimum fee of 1 million USD. Lau, who is paid 16 million yuan per film, made 230 million yuan last year.

Hong Kong actor Chow Yun Fat came in at No. 6 with 100 million yuan.

Cheers for Malysians as Malaysian-born Michelle Yeoh was the highest female top earner for the year, raking in an annual income of 80 million yuan. She was at seventh spot, one spot above Zhang Ziyi.

Taiwan girl group S.H.E. were the only female singers on the list. They earned about 62.5 million yuan from their concerts, shows and TV commercials.

Pop prince Jay Chou rounds off the top ten list.

The top ten earners are as follows (7.5 yuan equals around $US1.0):

1 Jet Li 465 million yuan
2 Jackie Chan 428 million yuan
3 Jackie Cheung 300 million yuan
4 Tony Leung 290 million yuan
5 Andy Lau 230 million yuan
6 Chow Yun-fat 100 million yuan
7 Michelle Yeoh 80 million yuan
8 Zhang Ziyi 65 million yuan
9 S.H.E. 62.5 million yuan
10 Jay Chow 60 million yuan

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