Wu Jing tops Forbes China celebrity list

Chinese action star Wu Jing is No. 1 on the Forbes China Celebrity 100 list.
Chinese action star Wu Jing is No. 1 on the Forbes China Celebrity 100 list.

BEIJING • Chinese actor Wu Jing kicked his way to the top of the Forbes China Celebrity 100 on Tuesday as mainland actors bag the top four spots on the list this year.

Wu's meteoric rise is unsurprising as the action star is head and shoulders above his peers at the Chinese box office, starring in Wolf Warrior 2 (2017) and The Wandering Earth (2019), the two highest-grossing movies to date in China.

In second place is Chinese actor Huang Bo, who is known for acting in movies such as Crazy Stone (2006), Cow (2009) and Lost In Thailand (2012). He picked up Best Actor for Cow at the Golden Horse Awards in 2009.

Chinese actors Hu Ge and Xu Zheng are third and fourth respectively. Xu won Best Actor for Dying To Survive (2018) at the Golden Horse Awards last year.

Taiwanese superstar Jay Chou is in fifth spot, up from ninth in the previous edition.

Shen Teng, Zhou Dongyu, Jackson Yee, Yang Mi and Kris Wu round up the top 10.

Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, who topped the list for five consecutive years, is absent this year, likely due to her involvement in a taxevasion scandal last year.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 22, 2019, with the headline 'Wu Jing tops Forbes China celebrity list'. Print Edition | Subscribe