Top 10 Richest Producers Of Bollywood – Karan Johar Isn't The No. 1

Hanima Anand |Jul 28, 2020

Karan Johar's net worth and Aditya Chopra's net worth are huge, no doubt, but they are not the richest producers of Bollywood. See full list of top 10 Bollywood richest producers below!

As we have mentioned above, popular names such as Karan Johar and Aditya Chopra who are recently involved in Sushant Singh Rajput case are not the richest producers of Bollywood. Check the list below to see 10 Bollywood richest producers and how much is the richest producer in India net worth!

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Guess who is the richest of these familiar names?

Top 10 Bollywood richest producers 2020

10. Dhilin Mehta - $5 million

Dhilin Mehta's net worth in 2020 is roughly $5 million (Rs 36.5 crore) but some non-verifiable sources claim it must be $1 billion. However, given the scope of his business, $5 million is a reasonable number.

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Dhilin Mehta net worth is not huge as many think, but enough to get him in top richest producers of Bollywood.

Dhilin Mehta has run the Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision production house since 2001. He has led the company to one of the most popular Bollywood production houses, making him among the richest producers of Bollywood.

Jab We Met in 2007 and Dabangg in 2010 are the two most famous projects from Dhilin Mehta company.

9. Sooraj Barjatya - $5 million

Rajshri Productions Pvt. Ltd run by Sooraj Barjatya is one of the oldest production houses in Bollywood, but Sooraj Barjatya net worth is estimated at $5 million only which is around 36.5 crore of Indian rupees.

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Salman Khan owes Sooraj Barjatya his career.

Though this production house is behind many famous works in the past, it doesn't have many commercial hits recently. Its most successful project is Hum Aapke Hain Koun starring Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit in lead roles.

Rajshri Productions Pvt. Ltd was founded by Tarachand Barjatya in 1947. It's now moving to TV series production instead of focusing on theatre releases.

8. Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan - $6 million

Shah Rukh Khan and his wife, Gauri Khan founded Red Chillies Entertainment in 2003, turning them to be among the richest producers of Bollywood.

With his experience throughout decades of working in Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan has brought the name of Red Chillies Entertainment to top Bollywood richest production house list. Its estimated net worth in 2020 is around Rs 500 crore despite its young history compared to others.

>>> How Much Did You Know About Shah Rukh Khan’s Net Worth?

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Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan share a passion of film production with each other.

Though Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan haven’t produced as many films as other richest producers of Bollywood in this list, they own some famous works such as Om Shanti Om (2007) and Billu (2009). More recent projects by Red Chillies Entertainment include Student of the Year (2012) and Kaamyaab (2020).

With such giant net worth, King Khan's Mannat is also the most expensive house in the Bollywood industry.

7. Aamir Khan - $150 million

Aamir Khan has his starting point as an actor. Making his debut in 1973, Aamir Khan had worked in the film industry for 26 years before founding Aamir Khan Productions.

With his experience, Aamir Khan has produced a number of commercial hits that are widely recognized both in and outside the country. Some of his famous works can be named as Lagaan (2001), Dangal (2016) or Secret Superstar (2017). These blockbusters quickly garnered him a title in the richest producers of Bollywood list.

Aamir Khan net worth is around $150 million (1096 crore of Indian rupees) in 2020. He is also in the top 500 Most Influential Muslims in the world with various awards from the Indian government.

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Besides being a legendary actor, Aamir Khan is also a talented producer.

6. Ekta Kapoor - $170 million

Ekta Kapoor is the daughter of Jeetendra, founder of Balaji Telefilms. She is also the one running the $170m business at present. Though Ekta Kapoor net worth excluding the production house value is only around $12 million, please note that sooner or later, Balaji Telefilms would also merge with her properties as an inheritance.

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Ekta Kapoor takes on Jeetendra's production house and makes it a household name.

Ekta Kapoor family production house premiered in 1994, focusing on soap operas production along with Bollywood film making. Some of its most renowned projects include Half Girlfriend, Once Upon a Time In Mumbai and Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi.

Ekta Kapoor is the only female among top 10 richest producers of Bollywood.

5. Karan Johar - $200 million

The next name in this list of Bollywood richest producers is the gossip girl Karan Johar. Among all Bollywood producers, Karan Johar might be the most well known for his controversial lifestyles and scandals around Bollywood nepotism.

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Famous as he is, Karan Johar's net worth only ranks number 5 out of 10 richest producers of Bollywood.

Karan Johar net worth is estimated based on his Dharma Productions net worth which is estimated at $200 million in 2020 (1461 crore of Indian rupees).

He had his debut in 1998 with the YRF hit Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. He then left enormous impressions in the industry with a variety of Bollywood movies such as Simmba, Ae Dil Hai Mushki, or Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.

At the moment, Karan Johar is most known for his support of Bollywood nepotism by casting star kids in his movies’ lead roles. He was criticized by fans and some other so-called ‘outsiders’ for preventing newcomers to step into the industry. Having said that, Karan Johar's latest star cast Tripti Dimri for example is not from Bollywood families. It seems Karan is having a change after the harsh criticism from the public.

4. Anil Ambani - $240 million

Though suffering a great loss earlier this year, Anil Ambani net worth still makes people go wow and he's still one of the richest producers in Bollywood. In fact, his personal net worth is only estimated at around $9 million this year but his Reliance Group which he founded in 2006 is valued at $240 million (1754 crore of Indian rupees). Reliance Entertainment, a division of this group, is also among the Bollywood richest production houses till date.

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Anil Ambani is the brother of Mukesh Ambani, the richest man in Asia.

Indeed, Reliance Entertainment deals with many forms of entertainment, not just movies. It has produced music and provided sports or gaming services.

Anil Ambani's production house also makes films in different languages, including Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and English. It joins the race for web series and TV shows as well. Reliance Entertainment is among the producers of the popular Netflix show Sacred Games.

3. Arjan Lulla and Kishore Lulla - $865.6 million

The reason why we put both names of Arjan Lulla and his son Kishore Lulla at this position of Bollywood richest producers is that they together founded Eros International business. Arjan Lulla or Kishore Lulla's net worth is also inseparable from their family company value.

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Kishore Lulla and his brother inherit the production businesses from their father Arjan Lulla.

Till now, there’s no official record of how much is the individual property of Arjan Lulla and Kishore Lulla. In 2011, Kishore Lulla net worth used to be estimated at around 2,301 rupees but this is already outdated.

In 2020, their Eros International production house is worth $32 million while its parent company the Eros International PLC is worth $865 million, equivalent to over 6475 crore of rupees.

One of the most recent famous works from Arjan Lulla and Kishore Lulla’s production house is Bajirao Mastani starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, and Priyanka Chopra in 2016.

2. Aditya Chopra – $890 million

Coming second among the richest producers of Bollywood is Aditya Chopra, chairman of Yash Raj Films that are in controversies recently with the Sushant Singh Rajput contract.

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Aditya Chopra faces harsh criticism for Sushant Singh Rajput's death.

Yash Raj Films was founded in 1971 by Yash Chopra. Aditya Chopra took charge of the company co-operation since 2012 after the death of his father. You may not know that Yash Raj Films was the production house to launch King Khan into the Bollywood industry with his debut Darr in 1993.

According to various sources, Aditya Chopra net worth in Indian rupees is estimated at around 219 crore in 2020 ($30 million) but in fact, he’s the owner of Yash Raj Films and we should count the value of this production house as well. In total, Aditya Chopra net worth should be up to $890 million (6,504 crore of Indian rupees). His production house Yash Raj Films generates as much as $133 million per year which is around 961 crore annually.

This is totally reasonable given the number of commercial hits by this second Bollywood richest production house, namely Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, 3 Idiots, Dabang, Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai or Krrish. Many of YRF films are among the highest-grossing Bollywood movies of all time. This made Aditya Chopra net worth secure the second rank among top 10 richest producers of Bollywood.

1. Ronnie Screwvala - $1.27 billion

Here’s the richest producer in Bollywood, Ronnie Screwvala! The 57-year-old producer is the founder of UTV Group which is now the Walt Disney India as well as the founder of RSVP Movies and several other organizations in different fields.

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After hitting it big with UTV, Ronnie continues his work with RSVP Movies.

Ronnie Screwvala has long been the richest producer in India, not just the Bollywood industry. Ronnie Screwvala net worth is around $1.27 billion, translating to 9,495 Indian rupees as of 2020.

Before divesting his UTV Group to Disney in 2012 for $1.4 billion (probably the Bollywood richest production house at that time), Ronnie Screwvala has produced a number of movies for either Indian or global cinema such as Swades starring Shah Rukh Khan back in 2004 or ExTerminators starring Hollywood actress Amber Heard in 2009.

After 2012, he’s still contributing his talent to many Bollywood hits under the RSVP Movies production house including Kai Po Che, Kedarnath, Uri: The Surgical Strike or The Sky Is Pink. His latest work in 2020 is Ghost Stories co-produced with Ashi Dua. It's his non-stop investments that help Ronnie Screwvala's net worth accumulate and remain the richest Bollywood producer till date.

Ronnie Screwvala and his wife Zarina are also well-known for their philanthropy projects. Their Swades Foundation has worked to improve living conditions for millions of rural residents.

>>> You may want to check: Top 10 Richest Bollywood Actors with Staggering Net Worth

Who is the richest producer in the world?

As a bonus, Starbiz tells you the richest producer in the world, a super-talented Hollywood filmmaker at the age of 74. It's George Lucas with a net worth of around $5.6 billion in 2020, times higher than the richest producers of Bollywood.

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George Lucas (left) was the father of Star Wars franchise.

George Lucas and his production house Lucasfilm was the brain behind Star Wars franchise, which earned him over $1 billion on a global scale. He also made Indiana Jones that collected up to $389 million back in 1981.

In 2012, George Lucas sold his Lucasfilm business to Disney at a whopping price of $4.1 billion, making him the richest producer in the world till date.

Above is the list of Bollywood richest producers updated in 2020. Though the ranks of these richest producers of Bollywood may change throughout the years, their names remain in the list for decades.

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