Dwayne Johnson tops Forbes’ highest-paid male actors list with R1,5 billion fortune – this is how he made his money

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Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson has topped Forbes’ highest-paid male actors list three times since 2016 – and this year he retains his No.1 spot.

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Heading the list for a second year in a row, the magazine reported that Dwayne’s earnings between, 1 June 2019 and 1 June 2020, was a staggering $87,5 million (over R1,5bn) which included a hefty Netflix pay cheque of $23,5m (over R400m) for the thriller Red Notice.


His major income streams for the year were mainly from Red Notice; considerable returns from his collaborations with the clothes and headphones brand Under Armour; and from his fitness clothing line, Project Rock, according to the BBC.

A noticeable trend with this year’s top earners was the correlation of work they had done with streaming giant Netflix. The top 10 actors on the list collected a combined $545,5m (about R9,2bn) with more than a quarter of that amount having been paid out by Netflix, Forbes reported.

The streaming platform is blazing a groundbreaking path in Hollywood and has spent more than any other studio on Tinseltown’s leading men. It is expected to invest more than $17 billion (R289bn) on content this year.

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