Bollywood is the second largest film industry in the world after Hollywood. But within the country, there are several regional cinema industries that are progressing fast these days, especially the South Indian industry including mainly Tollywood and Kollywood. Here is a list of the richest actors or actresses of the South India.
Not just the south Indian actors, but even the actresses are giving tough competition and are making it to the top. She has been giving a great contribution to the industry since 2005 by appearing in over forty movies. After her last blockbuster '
Baahubali' and success of Rudhramadevi, she has increased her remuneration per film to 3 to 3.5 crores and has an approximate net worth of $5 million USD.
As stylish as he is, so is his dancing skills, that makes him the finest dancer not only in Tollywood but in the entire nation, says ‘The Times of India’. He is the South Indian actor with the largest number of followers on social media. He made his debut in 2003 and has the title of ‘Stylish Star’ to him. He charges as high as 13-15 crores INR per movie and has his net worth of $5 million USD.
He is tall, handsome and a perfect hero material. He left a charming impact when we saw him in Dum Maro Dum opposite
Bipasha Basu in 2010 that marked his Bollywood debut. He started as a visual effects coordinator in 2004 and later tried his hand in acting with ‘
Leader’. He showed his versatility when he played an antagonist in Baahubali: The Beginning. He has a list of movies in front of him and has a net worth of $6 million USD.
She started her career with Malayalam movies in 2003, moving to Tamil movies in 2005 followed by Telugu cinema, and has been dazzling the south Indian film industry since then. She has worked in over fifty movies, and is the highest paid actress of South. She charges as high as 3-5 crores INR per movie that makes her estimated net balance around $10 million USD.
An actor, director, producer, lyricist, choreographer, screenwriter and singer, Kamal Hassam is an example of versatility at its best. He has predominantly worked in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi movies. The 61 years old man is a philanthropist as well and was one of the members of Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan for Chennai as elected by
PM Narendra Modi in 2014. He had donated funds for HIV patients and children suffering from cancer. He charges INR 30 crores for his movies, and his net worth is as high as $10 million USD.
He is one actor that has earned fame and respect not only in South Indian cinema or India but internationally. He has been working in the industry for past 30 plus years, and if we believe sources he donates half of his income to the charitable funds. He had charged 50 crores for ‘
Lingaa’ and lately has signed a whopping amount of INR 65 crores, which made him the highest paid actor of the nation. He has Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan to his name and has a net worth of $10 million USD.
7. Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Samantha is one of the highest paid actresses in Tollywood and has earned immense name and fame in a career span of just six years. She also has Bollywood and Hollywood projects to her, and is a philanthropist. She started a non-government organization, 'Pratyusha Support' in 2012 that provides medical help to women and children. Her net worth is $10 million USD.
He is the sixth son of the veteran actor and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, "N. T. Rama Rao". He started his acting career in 1974 and is currently working on his 100th movie. He is a politician and represents father’s political party Telugu Desam Party. He was elected as a member of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly for Hindupur in 2014. His net worth is $10 million USD.
Tamannaah is one of the most beautiful actresses of the industry. She started her career with the Bollywood movie “Chand Sa Roshan Chehra” when she was only fifteen. She has also worked predominantly in Telugu and Tamil cinema. Before entering the industry, she did music videos and had earned from modeling and endorsements as well. She charges up to 1.75 crores INR per movie and has her balance of $11 million USD.
Ileana D Cruz'
Ileana was born in Mumbai and brought up in Goa. She reluctantly started with photo shoots and ramp shows, moving towards commercial ads and started with acting in 2006 with Telugu movie Devadasu followed by Tamil, Kannada and Hindi cinema. She charges up to 2 crores INR per movie and has a net worth of $14 million USD, which makes her the richest actress in South India and one of the richest in Bollywood
He is the youngest of the three brothers and is also a producer, director, screenwriter and politician. He started his career in 1996 and had been dazzling the Telugu film industry since then. He has launched his political party known as Jana Sena. He was the highest paid actor in 2014 and 2015 when he signed films for an amount of INR 22 crores; that increases his net worth up to $15 million USD.
Prabhas started his career in 2002, and has given some hits since then, but how can we forget the role he played in the epic movie Baahubali. Not only did it help him raise his fame in the entire nation, but he suddenly became one of the highest paid actors of Tollywood. According to reports, he signed the Baahubali series with a price of 25 crores INR, and after that raised his per film charge to 15 crores INR. He has a net worth of $15 million USD.
N T Rama Rao Jr’
He belongs to the third generation of the NT Rama Rao’s family, being his grandson. He worked as a child artist in a couple of films and made his debut in 2001. He has given many hits and is one of the highest paid actors in Tollywood, thus charging up to INR 22 crores per film. Although he is not actively involved in politics, he represents his political party Telugu Desam Party. Belonging to a prestigious family, his property adds up to approximately 1000 crores INR.
This mega star does not need much introduction. His acting career has been great, and so has been his journey as a politician. Besides, he is also a singer, dancer, producer and an entrepreneur. He made his debut in 1978 and is a recipient of Padma Bhushan for his contribution to the cinema. He entered politics in 2008, thus establishing his political party Praja Rajyam. He is a philanthropist as well, and his net worth sums to over $16 million USD.
He is one of the finest and highest paid actors of Tamil film industry. He made his acting debut in 1990, hence appearing in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and a Hindi movie. He has seven
Filmfare Awards South and a National Award to his name. He charges around 12 crores INR per film and has his estimated net worth of $20 million USD.
Mahesh Babu is one of the most famous actors of Tollywood and has appeared in almost twenty-five movies since 1999. He also acted as a child artist. His family has Padmalaya Studios to them, and he established his production banner G. Mahesh Babu Productions. He charges up to 20 crores INR per movie and has his net worth of $20 million USD.
He was born with a silver spoon, but he has his own identity in the industry. He gained fame with his 2009 release ‘
Magadheera’, although he made his debut in 2007 with ‘
Chirutha’. He has also appeared in a Hindi movie and received critical appreciation. He has launched an Hyderabad-based domestic airlines TruJet, which adds up to his balance. He charges 17-18 Crores INR per movie and his net worth is approx $21.5 million USD.
Ajith Kumar is one of the highest paid actors of Tamil film industry. He started his acting career in 1990 and has shown his versatility over the years. Before movies, he wanted to establish himself as a racer, but we guess destiny had some other plans. He charges up to 25 crores INR per movie and his net worth is as high as $22 million USD.
He is one of the finest actors in Tamil film industry. There is a list of movies that add to his hit acting career. He started as an actor in 1997, followed by becoming a singer and producer. He used to sign films at a rate of 25 crores per movie, but has reduced to 20 crores due to weak market conditions, plus charges 5 crores INR for dubbing other language films to Tamil. He has a net worth of $25 million USD which makes him the richest Tamil star.
Last one that enters our countdown tops the list. The richest actor in South India is Nagarjuna Akkineni, who has made more money with his business than his acting. There is a long list of his non-acting career. He co-owns the team Mumbai Blasters of Indian Badminton League, endorses Kalyan Jewelers. He charges lesser than the other actors (7 crores INR), but his net worth adds up to $50 million USD.