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Celebrity brand valuation: Virat Kohli tops,
Ayushmann Khurrana gains
Virat Kohli emerged the most valuable celebrity in the country for the fourth straight year, according to the
“Celebrity Brand Valuation Study 2020” released by Duff & Phelps on Thursday.
At $237.7 million, the Indian cricket captain’s brand value remained almost unchanged from last year. Actor
Akshay Kumar, who saw his value jump from $104.5 million to $118.9 million — a 13.8 per cent increase — was
second on the list, followed by Bollywood A-listers Ranveer Singh ($102.9 million), Shah Rukh Khan ($51.1
million), Deepika Padukone ($50.4 million) and Alia Bhatt ($48 million).
Others in the top 10 included Salman Khan ($45 million), Amitabh Bachchan ($44.2 million) and Hrithik Roshan
($39.4 million). Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who retired from the game last year, was dislodged from the list.
“While established celebrities continue to dominate our rankings, notable millennials with a strong social media
presence continue to climb the ladder. Ayushmann Khurrana, Tiger Shroff and Rohit Sharma all jumped a few
spots to grab the No 6, 15 and 17 spots, respectively,” said Aviral Jain, managing director at Duff & Phelps.
For Kohli, Jain said his style of leadership, commitment and work ethic resonate deeply with brands. Add to that
the unflinching determination that has become a Virat Kohli hallmark over the years, and you get a combination
that is pretty much impossible to beat. “When you take into account his endorsements — he has over 30 — and
social media presence, Kohli, in terms of brand value, is unrivalled,” he said. In 2020 alone, Kohli’s followers
across social media platforms rose by almost 50 per cent.