Tom Cruise Tops Forbes’ Highest Paid Actors for 2012 List

Tom Cruise is richest Hollywood actor according to Forbes' annual list.

The Mission Impossible star captured the no. 1 position in Forbes’ 100 highest paid actors for 2012 list, earning nearly twice of second placer Leonardo DiCaprio.

Cruise, who just turned 50-years-old and currently divorcing Katie Holmes, earned $75 million between May 2011 and May 2012, big thanks to his recent blockbuster hit “Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol.”

Leonardo DiCaprio, 37, shared second place position with Adam Sandler, 45. Both actors earned $37 million in the said period.

Rounding off the Top 5 are Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson ($36 million) and Ben Stiller ($33 million).

Forbes’ based the annual ranking from the following factors: upfront pay, profit participation, residuals, endorsements and advertising work.

1. Tom Cruise earned $75 million.
2-3. Leonardo DiCaprio earned $37 million.
2-3. Adam Sandler earned $37 million.
4. Dwayne Johnson earned $36 million.
5. Ben Stiller earned $33 million.
6. Sacha Baron Cohen earned $30 million.
7. Johnny Depp earned $30 million.
8. Will Smith earned $30 million.
9. Mark Wahlberg earned $27 million.
10. Taylor Lautner earned $26.5 million.
11. Robert Pattinson earned $26.5 million.

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