BY KENNETH ATISELE
Bet by now we all know it’s been some career for “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson. Who knew that after arguably the most high-profile wrestling career in sports history, he would go on to crush Hollywood?
That’s exactly what he’s done, and he’s being paid more than handsomely for it. Yesterday, July 13, Forbes unveiled its list of the highest-paid actors in the world, and none other than the guy whose most famous tagline was ‘Do you smell what The Rock is cooking?’ is on top of it.
Johnson was humble following the announcement and reflected on the depression and financial hardship he suffered as a young man.
"The wolf is always scratchin' at the door" was the first thing I said when we found out from @forbes I was officially the world's highest paid actor. Well, actually the first thing I said was "Aw shit!", then I said the wolf part. Receiving news like this will always serve as my anchoring reminder to continue to work even harder. We not only want to "embrace the grind", but take the grind to new levels. I learned a few invaluable lessons a long time ago that can help all of you guys out there succeed at whatever it is you're doing. Greatness is never achieved alone. Surround yourself with hungry, brilliant individuals who not only buy into your philosophy, but who are all willing to work just as hard as you. Power of teamwork. And don't ever forget where you came from. I was evicted at 14yrs old and completely broke by 23. Every day I wake up as if that eviction notice is right around the corner waiting for me.. which is why I always say, "the wolf is always scratchin' at the door". He's scratchin' cause he's hungry and never satisfied. We embrace and respect our past (even if it was f*cked up), but we never let it define our future. Let's stay hungry and chase that greatness. I will now jump in my pick up truck, go to work and figure out whether or not I need psychiatric therapy for this damn wolf that's become my best friend. #Celeb100 #SevenBucksProductions #HardestWorkersInTheRoom #1WolfOnThePlanet
How much does it take for you to be the highest-paid actor in a world where people like Robert Downey Jr., Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith and George Clooney exist? Oh, just $64.5 million–in ONE year.
The announcement comes as part of Forbes’ highest-paid celebrities list for 2016 released on Thursday, with Taylor Swift finishing on top thanks to earnings of $170 million.
British boy band One Direction placed second with $110 million.
The highest paid actor list shows action stars are still the biggest earners. Jackie Chan is the world’s second-highest paid actor, banking $61 million.
Matt Damon, Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp round out the top five.
This post first appeared on NET.