Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra have made it to Variety’s list of 500 ‘influential business leaders shaping the global $2 trillion entertainment industry.
Apart from these two, ten other Indians are on the list, making India the sixth biggest contributor. The list consists of people including directors Karan Johar, Aditya Chopra, producer Ekta Kapoor, and the Ambani brothers, Sidharth Roy Kapur, Punit Goenka, Kishore Lulla, Uday Shankar and Subhash Chandra.
According to the publication’s website, ‘reflects the accomplishments of its members over the previous 12 months’. The listed names are selected by the Variety editorial board. Salman is called the ‘one of the unrelated Khan triumvirate comprising Aamir and Shah Rukh that has been ruling the Bollywood box office for decades,’ in his profile on the website.
From Salman’s films to him being a host of Bigg Boss and his ‘charitable trust’ Being Human, these have been the contributing factors. The website also mentions his hit and run case,
“Salman was exonerated in 2015 on charges of culpable homicide in a 2002 hit and run case but in 2016, the case was admitted in India’s Supreme Court. Also in 2016, a 2006 case where Salman was accused of poaching an endangered species was admitted to the Supreme Court. ”
On the other hand, Priyanka’s profile highlights her Miss World title, Bollywood debut and the crossover to the US.
The list also mentions PC as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights and the Priyanka Chopra Foundation for Health and Education, that targets on helping needy kids. PC’s Quantico has been mentioned and it mentions PC’s credentials:
“Besides her acting, Chopra also takes time to sing and has released three singles — “In My City,” which aired during NFL games; “Exotic,” with Pitbull; and “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” a cover of Bonnie Raitt’s song,” it reads.
Actors Tom Hanks, Ben Affleck, singer Katy Perry, Drake, Jennifer Lopez and several other names have also been mentioned in the list.