Forbes Celebrity 100 India: Sportsperson in the top 100

Hari hara sudhan

Author : Hari hara sudhan

The Forbes Celebrity 100 list for India was released recently and there were a few surprises in the list. The list is a measure of money and fame. Here, we have a look at the top sports persons who have made it to the list. From the Jeev Milkha Singh to Mahendra Singh Dhoni, here’s a look at India’s most famous sports persons.

#87 Jeev Milkha Singh

Jeev Milkha Singh

Jeev Milkha Singh

Earnings : 9.18 Crores

Money Rank : 65

Fame Rank : 86

2013 has been a quiet year for Jeev Milkha Singh as he was unable to win any tournaments and also slipped in ranking to 263 mainly due to injury to his index finger.Jeev Milkha Singh was ranked 70 in the list last year.

#86 Vijender Singh 

Vijender Singh

Vijender Singh

Earnings : 2.75 Crores

Money Rank : 92

Fame Rank : 68

His earnings have been due to his endorsements rather than performances in the ring. He went out of the World Boxing Championships in just the second round in the 75 kg category. He is set to make his Bollywood debut alongside Akshay Kumar in Fugly. He was ranked 78 last year.

#84 Sania Mirza

Sania Mirza

Sania Mirza

Earnings : 7.1 Crores

Money Rank : 74

Fame Rank : 74

Sania Mirza has had good year breaking into the top 10 of women’s doubles and is currently ranked no.9 in the world. Having quit singles earlier in the year, she has won four tournaments so far with three different partners. She was ranked 59 in the list last year.

#83 Mahesh Bhupathi 

Mahesh Bhupathi

Mahesh Bhupathi

Earnings : 4.63 Crores

Money Rank : 86

Fame Rank : 67

Despite taking six different partners this year, Bhupathi’s year can be deemed only as “average”. He won the Dubai Open with french player Michael Llodra and finished runner-up in Masters 1000 event with Bopanna. He was ranked 51 in the list last year.

#72 Leander Paes

Leander Paes

Leander Paes

Earnings : 5.26 Crores

Money Rank : 83

Fame Rank : 54

A win in the men’s doubles at US Open was the highlight of this year for Paes as he became the oldest man to win a Grand Slam at the age 40. He won the tour with Radek Stepanek. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the West Bengal government and was also recommended for Padma Bhushan by the Union Sports ministry. He was ranked 44 in the list last year.

#48 Zaheer Khan

Zaheer Khan

Zaheer Khan

Earnings : 7.35 Crores

Money Rank : 72

Fame Rank : 35

The call up for the Test series against South Africa is the only bright spot for Zaheer as he has had to battle bad form and injury throughout the year. He lost his ODI spot to Bhuneshwar Kumar while the IPL season was one to forget for the experienced bowler. He was ranked 26 in the list last year.

#41 Ishant Sharma

Ishant Sharma

Ishant Sharma


Earnings : 5.66

Money Rank : 81

Fame Rank : 28

Not much can be said for the Delhi born pacer. If a positive was there for Ishant, it was that he reached hundred wickets faster than Wasim Akram, Dale Steyn and Anil Kumble. His inclusion to the Indian team has mostly been due to his experience and pace. He makes his debut in to the Forbes list this year.

#40 Cheteshwar Pujara

Chesteshwar Pujara

Chesteshwar Pujara

Earnings : 6.57

Money Rank : 76

Fame Rank : 27

With an average of 82 this year, Pujara has finally put himself on the International scene. His performances have earned him the ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year award. He makes his debut in the Forbes list this year.

#39 Shikar Dhawan

Shikar Dhawan

Shikar Dhawan

Earnings : 6.34 Crores

Money Rank : 78

Fame Rank : 26

Leading India’s rise to No.1 in ODI ranking with his bat, Dhawan has been in scintillating form averaging 54 in the ODI. A debut century against Australia in the test series showed his quality in the longer version of the game while he also won Player of the Tournament at ICC Champions trophy. He makes his debut in the Forbes list this year.

#36 Saina Nehwal

Saina Nehwal

Saina Nehwal

Earnings : 9.92 Crores

Money Rank : 64

Fame Rank : 30

Injuries took their toll on the shuttler as she couldnt reach the highs she reached the previous year. A win in the IBL tournament with Hyderabad Hotshots was the best she could muster. Her rankings fell from second last year to sixth in the World. She was ranked 29 in the list last year.

#30 Rahul Dravid 

Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid

Earnings : 7.66 Crores

Money Rank : 70

Fame Rank : 18

“The Wall” led from the front for Rajasthan Royals in the final year of his career. He was conferred the Padma Bhushan this year. He was ranked 18 in the list last year.

#28 Ravindra Jadeja

Ravindra Jadeja

Ravindra Jadeja

Earnings : 16.58 Crores

Money Rank : 44

Fame Rank : 22

From being the laughing stock, The “Sir” has now become an invaluble member of the Indian team.He is the fifth best all rounder and third best bowler in ODIs. He makes his debut in the Forbes list this year.

#27 Suresh Raina

Suresh Raina

Suresh Raina

Earnings : 16.16 Crores

Money Rank : 46

Fame Rank : 20

Highest scorer in the IPL, averages 65 in successful run chases, Raina is clearly an important player in the Indian middle order. He was ranked 30 in the list last year

#Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh

Earnings : 9.06 Crores

Money Rank : 66

Fame Rank : 15

Harbhajan’s ranking has been purely due to his performances in the IPL and CLT20. He helped Mumbai Indians win both the tournaments. He was ranked 23 in the list last year and loses only one place.

#Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma

Earning : 16.88 Crores

Money Rank : 42

Fame Rank : 17

The successor to Sachin Tendulkar‘s no.4 spot in the Test team, Rohit Sharma is one of the youngsters in the team to have had a transformational year. A double hundred against Australia followed by back to back centuries against West Indies have been the highlight of Rohit’s year. He was ranked 24 in the list last year.

#20 Yuvraj Singh


Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh

Earnings : 21.6 Crores

Money Rank : 31

Fame Rank :  14

The powerful batsman has not had a great year in the longer formats but had maintained his sensational from in the T20s averaging 44. Yuvraj was ranked 17 in the list last year.

#19 Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Ganbhir

Gautam Ganbhir

Earnings : 20.78 Crores

Money Rank : 33

Fame Rank : 11

A bad year for the Delhi batsman. After having seen his place in the ODI format usurped by Shikar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, he has also been dropped from the Test team.His team, Kolkata Knightriders also fizzled out in the IPL. He was ranked 13 in the list last year.

#15 Virender Sehwag 

Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag

Earnings : 25.64 Crores

Money Rank : 26

Fame Rank : 7

Its surprising to see Sehwag on the list given that his looks like it is all but over. Having been dropped from all three formats this year, Sehwag’s earnings have mostly been due to his endorsements. He was ranked 8 in the list last year.

#7 Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli

Earnings : 57.31 Crores

Money Rank : 12

Fame Rank :  6

This has been yet another great year for Virat as he continued to improve his batting prowess. Ranked No.1 batsman in the World in ODI and third in T20s, Virat has continued his magnificent form from last year. Virat was ranked 9 in the list last year.

#4 Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar

Earnings : 94.32 Crores

Money Rank : 6

Fame Rank : 1

It was a sad year in the Indian history as the greatest athlete of  India decided to call it a day. Sachin’s batting prowess have considerably waned but there is no doubting that his leadership and presence in the dressing room have been a huge influence. He bid farewell with a win in the IPL and CLT20 while his emotional speech would have definitely been etched in the hearts of the billion Indians. He was ranked 6 in the list last year.

#2 Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Earnings : 155.32 Crores

Money Rank : 3

Fame Rank : 2

Dhoni has had yet another brilliant year helping to propel India to the top of the ODI rankings. Victory in the ICC Champions Trophy and an improved batting average have been the highlights of this year. He is right now India’s most marketable man with 23 endorsement deals in his hand. He was ranked 3 in the list last year.

So there you go. India’s celebrity sports persons for the year 2013. 2013 saw the debut of three cricketers while the likes of Mary Kom, Gagan Narang and Rohan Bopanna have missed out from last year.

Courtesy: Forbes India