Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has brought home the highest-ever total for acting earnings in the 20-year history of Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list. From June 2017 to June 2018, The Rock earned $124 million, nearly double the earnings total of $65 million he posted on 2017’s list.
Johnson earned his record total “thanks to giant upfront paychecks and a cut of profits on blockbusters including ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.‘” He also negotiated a previously reported seven-figure salary for posting about his films on his own social media pages.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was the same person who made Hollywood history in 2002 when he was paid $5.5 million for his leading role in The Scorpion King. That made him sit in the Guinness World Records for the highest salary for a first-time leading man. Now, some 16 years later, we are here with The Rock breaking yet another record.
Reacting to the news on Instagram, Johnson wrote: “I work extremely hard but never anticipated (in my wildest dreams) I’d become the highest paid actor in Forbes’ history.
“I don’t have a Harvard MBA, but my business philosophy and acumen has been sharpened over time and thru failure.
“My goal when I was wrestling in flea markets for $40bucks per match (well before the bright lights of the @wwe) is still the exact same goal I have today – ALWAYS put my AUDIENCE FIRST.
“I have one boss – the world. Send you home happy, and I’ve done my job. I’m the dude who started w/ $7bucks. I’m grateful to the bone and hungry to the core.”