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The Biggest Star Around

Dwayne Johnson in 'Ballers'

There are few stars in Hollywood who have the level of clout of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Johnson has risen to the top, starring in franchise films and television shows, working to build his brand, and mastering social media. And he is getting PAID.

Forbes released their annual list of Highest-Paid Actors, and Johnson is at the top for the second year in a row at $87.5 million. Between earning a whopping $23.5 million for an upcoming Netflix film Red Notice and the success of his Project Rock Under Armor line, Johnson continues to have Hollywood's best hustle.

The Rest Of The List

Dwayne Johnson
The Rock | Instagram

Coming in second place was Johnson's Red Notice co-star Ryan Reynolds, who also made most of his $71.5 million from three films with Netflix as well. Mark Wahlberg came in third with $58 million, Ben Affleck in fourth with $55 million, and Vin Diesel in fifth with $54 million (although he likely would have been further up the list if F9 had been released in 2020 and he could have collected that back end).

Bollywood star Akshay Kumar, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Will Smith, Adam Sandler, and Jackie Chan rounded out the top 10.

Instagram Success Too

Dwayne Johnson
The Rock | Instagram

This news comes after the reveal that Johnson is also the highest paid celebrity on Instagram, commanding at least $ $1,015,000 for a sponsored post from advertisers. Johnson beat out the likes of Kylie Jenner and Selena Gomez for the top spot.

Johnson has 193 million followers, putting him fourth overall in terms of account reach on Instagram. People seem to like his encouraging words, gym pics, and cheat day meal pics. Stars! They're... not just like us, but are pretty compelling.

Getting That Bag

Dwayne Johnson with his daughters
The Rock | Instagram

Johnson has been candid about the key to his success in the past, explaining that "My reputation precedes me."

"I’ve had such a renegade career that I honestly never had anyone in my life give me advice in [an official] way. It’s what I’ve learned over the years that has pushed me beyond limits."

Johnson also chalks up his success to good old fashioned hard work.

"Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success... From wrestling in flea markets (making $40 bucks a match) to used car dealerships to barns, to breaking attendance records in every major dome in the U.S., I learned that the most important relationship I will EVER have in business is the relationship I have with my audience. Pay attention to who you do your business for."

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