Donnie Yen and Kevin Cheng: Hong Kong’s Highest Paid Celebrities
Commanding no less than $35 million HKD per film, Donnie Yen (甄子丹) is the highest earner among Hong Kong artists. Including his numerous endorsements, his total income for this year is a whopping $263 million HKD! Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎) continues his reign as TVB’s highest earner as his popularity in the Mainland China continues to soar. Reportedly earning 250,000 RMB per television episode in June this year, he is now demanding 500,000 RMB!
“Ip Man” Makes Rich Man
In 2008, Ip Man<葉問> grossed over $21 million USD worldwide and henceforth, pushed Donnie to international stardom. Previously commanding $10 million HKD for one film, he now earns 3.5 times more! Advertisers scrambled to put his face on their products and have him grace their events. For each advertisement, he earned at least $10 million HKD. It is estimated for the 15 advertisements he endorsed this year, he earned a total of $150 million HKD. This is not inclusive of other promotional events which he attended. Despite taking on only 3 films this year, Donnie’s total remuneration is a grand $263 million HKD! With his schedule already packed for next year, it does not look like he is letting down anytime soon.
Ip Man not only made Donnie Yen rich, it also helped Kevin Cheng become a millionaire. After making his name in the mainland China playing the Eighth Prince in Bu Bu Jing Xin <步步驚心>, he went on to make 4 more television dramas in China, including the television version of Ip Man. Previously paid 200,000 RMB for each episode, he is now demanding as much as 500,000 RMB per episode in Ip Man 2. Together with his endorsement deals, he pocketed more than $100 million this year. With sequels to Bu Bu Jing Xin and Ip Man, Kevin will likely continue his reign as the top TVB earner in 2013.
Chow Yun Fat and Moses Chan Take Second Place
Even though it was a relaxing year for Chow Yun Fat (周潤發) with only 2 films – The Assassins <銅雀台> and The Last Tycoon <大上海>, he still managed to earn $100 million HKD, thanks to endorsement deals and promotional appearances.
TVB’s previous top earner, TV King Moses Chan (陳豪) did not do too bad himself, considering he did not venture into the mainland goldmine. With several endorsement deals and stage performances, he also managed to earn more than $10 million HKD.
Source: Ming Pao
This article is written by Karen for JayneStars.com.